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Program Description

A first responder is a person who has completed a course that provides training in the pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. They have more skills than someone who is trained in basic first aid but they are not a substitute for advanced medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians and/or paramedics.  The  Medical Campus First Responder is a seven week program of study requiring 2 college credits. Before entry into the First Responder courses (EMS 1059 and EMS 1059L), the student must have tested out of the first level of college prep through the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) or successfully completed the first level of college prep coursework or higher to be eligible for these classes. (See Testing Requirements for program). The First Responder program is offered every semester during the evening hours in a Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday offering.  Courses are offered at the Medical and Homestead Campuses.

The First Responder courses provide learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a first responder to medical emergencies in the pre-hospital environment. In keeping with its mission and goals, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medical Campus promotes an environment of respect and support for persons with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations. Please see the Physical Demands listed for this program.

If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week during program enrollment.

A criminal background check is not required for enrollment in the First Responder program. However, successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate’s eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

Program Location
This program is offered at the Medical and Homestead Campuses and clinical sites throughout Miami-Dade County.
Medical Campus                                                   Homestead Campus
950 NW 20 Street                                                           500 College Terrace
Miami, Florida, 33127                                                      Homestead, Florida 33030
Important Phone Numbers


EMS Department

305-237-4038

Advisement Services

305-237-4238

Financial Aid

305-237-4160

New Student Center

305-237-4141

Student Life

305-237-4213

 

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent https://ibrinc.com/mdc/select and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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