MVCC, partners to bring back paramedic program

UTICA — A degree program in emergency medical and paramedic services will be reinstated at Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall, thanks to an agreement with the Mohawk Valley Health System, according to MVCC and Midstate EMS officials.

The paramedic associate degree program will provide a pathway from a basic EMT certification to a paramedic degree, officials said. It will also provide flexible payment options for those training through Midstate EMS, a subsidiary of Mohawk Valley Health System.

“MVCC is thrilled to collaborate with MVHS and Midstate EMS in developing a new approach to overcoming the critical workforce crisis facing regional EMS providers,” said Randall J. VanWagoner, president of MVCC.

“The Mohawk Valley has a long history of relying on strong institutional partnerships to persevere through adversity, and we are honored to continue that tradition by joining this partnership as a solution to today’s paramedic staffing challenge.”

The program, which will be offered starting this fall, will include technical instruction through Midstate EMS and general education classes through MVCC. Students will also have access to the MVCC human tissue laboratory as part of their clinical training. Students who complete the program will be eligible to take certification exams to receive Department of Health approvals to practice as paramedics.

“As a health system, we work hand-in-hand with EMS providers, relying on the expertise of paramedics to triage and safely transport the patient to the hospital, while communicating to the advance with the emergency department team so that they can prepare for the patient’s arrival. arrival,” said Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System.

“This is particularly vital for our stroke and cardiology services, as time is crucial in saving lives. This partnership is so important to creating a paramedical community that can adequately meet the health care needs of the population we serve.

Students can enter the program as an EMT-B or Midstate EMS will provide such training as part of the student’s study plan. More information about the new program is available on the website

Ryan H. Bowman