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Academic Policies & Procedures


The University Medical Center at Stony Brook Department in Emergency Medicine Paramedic Training Program has as its goal to train effective and compassionate paramedics in accordance with the standards established by the United States Department of Transportation. Upon successful completion of the course, all students will be eligible to take examinations for certification as New York State AEMT-4 Paramedic and certification as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic. In addition, certification in Advanced Cardiac/Pediatric Life Support and Basic Life Support will be obtained during the course.

Writing Requirement:

Early in the class, students will receive topics for a research paper. The due date for this paper will be specified in the course schedule. The paper will be formatted as follows:

  1. Length: 5 pages minimum excluding cover pages, footnotes, bibliography or citations.
  2. Spacing: Double spaced
  3. Margins: 1 inch on top and bottom of page, 1 inch left and right
  4. Citation: APA style (http://www.westwords.com/guffey/apa.html)

This paper will be graded and returned to the student. The course director may request that the paper be rewritten with the corrections made. There will be a penalty for papers that are handed in late. A full letter grade will be deducted for each day the paper is late. Papers that are more than three days late will be counted as a failing grade. A failing grade on the paper will count as a failure of a major examination and must be rewritten.

Testing Procedure:

  1. On going evaluation of the student’s academic performance is an integral part of the paramedic training program. Substandard academic work will result in expulsion from the program.
  2. Testing consists of weekly quizzes and several major examinations in consisting of interim divisional finals and a course final exam.
  3. The faculty will review all quizzes and examinations with the students. This can be done either with the class as a whole or individually.
  4. All students must maintain an overall quiz average of at least 75%. The quiz average will be evaluated at the time of the major division examination. Failure to maintain an overall quiz average of at least 75% will be counted as a failure and count the same as a failure on a major examination. The student will have to re-take a cumulative quiz exam. Failure to obtain a score of 75% on the re-take of the cumulative quiz exam will result in expulsion from the program.
  5. The passing grade for major examinations is 75%. A student who fails to obtain a score of 75% will be allowed to re-take the major examination once. Failure to obtain a score of 75% on the re-take will result in expulsion from the course. During the entire program, a student will be allowed a maximum of two major examination re-takes. Failure of a third major examination or failure on any re-take will result in expulsion from the course.

    Note: You are entitled to a maximum of two examination re-takes. These two re-takes may include either two cumulative quiz re-takes, two major examination re-takes, or one of each. Major examinations are the BLS, ACLS, PHTLS, or the PALS written credentialing examinations or any examination with more than 40 questions.

  6. Practical testing will be done at the same time as the major examinations. If a student chooses, he may test out of the practical station earlier in the division. A student who tests out of any practical station must still attend all practical skill sessions. Students who fail any practical station will be allowed to re-take that station. A maximum of two practical stations can be re-taken. Failure of a third station or failure of a re-take will result in expulsion from the course.

  7. Students will be allowed to sit for the course final written and final practical exam only upon the following conditions:
    1. Passed all major examinations
    2. Maintained an overall quiz average of 75%
    3. Completed and obtained a passing score on the research paper
    4. Successfully completed all clinical rotations and submitted all required documentation of these rotations
    5. Successfully completed the Paramedic Internship
    6. Passed and obtained certification in BLS, PHTLS, PALS, and ACLS when given during the program
    7. Passed all divisional practical exams
  8. Students will be allowed to take the New York State AEMT-4 and Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic certification only upon the following conditions:
    1. All of the conditions listed above in number 7 and:
      • Obtained a grade of at least 75% on the course written final examination;
      • Obtained a grade of at least 75% on the course EKG final examination;
      • Obtained a grade of at least 75% on the course anatomy and physiology final examination; and
      • Passed all final practical skill stations.

Challenge Examination for Advanced Standing and Prior Experience:

  1. The program recognizes that some individuals will possess previous education, training, or experience that may allow them to be exempted from certain modules of the paramedic course. It is for these individuals that the Examination Challenge for Advanced Standing program exists in accordance with the New York State Department of Health. This provides a mechanism for students who have previous experience to demonstrate proficienct didactic knowledge that would allow them to be exempted from certain didactic sections of the paramedic course.
  2. To qualify for advanced standing examinations, the student must be a current New York State EMT and hold a current New York State license as a physician or nurse or a current New York State certification as a physician’s assistant, respiratory therapist, or AEMT and demonstrate previous experience. Documentation of previous experience is required.
  3. To be exempt from any class, the student must obtain a score of at least 90% on the major examination which covers the class
  4. The examination must be taken prior to the beginning of the classes covered by that major examination. Schedule for the examination will be at the beginning of the division or as determined by the Administrative and Training Coordinators.
  5. There will be no re-takes of these examinations. Failure to obtain a score of at least 90% requires the student to attend all classes in the session.
  6. A student who fails to obtain 90% on two of these examinations will not be allowed to take any subsequent challenge examinations.
  7. If a student obtains a score of 90% or above on the examination, he/she will then be excused from all didactic sessions and quizzes covered by that major examination. The student will be required to attend all lab sessions covered by the examination.
  8. Determination of eligibility to take any advanced standing exam will be made by the course administration and approved by the course medical director. There is no appeal process to this decision.

Conduct and Ethics:

  1. Paramedics are health care professionals regardless of whether or not they receive monetary compensation for their work. Thus, a paramedic is bound by the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics. The paramedic training program will not tolerate a breech of these standards by its students.
  2. The student is to maintain professional appearance and behavior throughout didactic and clinical training. Lack of appropriate conduct may result in expulsion from the program. This includes, but is not limited to, stealing, cheating, and breech of a patient's confidence.
  3. Charges of breech of conduct must be submitted in writing and signed by the person who witness the infraction. Upon receipt of the charges, the Course Coordinator and the Course Medical Director will investigate the case including interviewing the accused student. The Course Coordinator and Medical Director will then determine what, if any, action is warranted against the student. A recommendation of action will be forwarded to the Dean of the SHTM for his/her action.

Clinical Rotations:

Students must complete all clinical requirements as outlined in the clinical objectives.


  1. Attendance at all classes and labs is mandatory.
  2. A student will be allowed ten absences and ten latenesses, but not to exceed a combination of 15 latenesses and absences. This includes any latenesses and absences to the clinical sites.
  3. Students leaving class early must notify the Instructor prior to leaving. Students leaving within 2 hours class will be charged an abscence; students leaving after this will be charged a lateness.
  4. Students are responsible for all material missed. Audio-visual material will be used for make-up as available. Students may be required to provide an oral presentation to the instructor on the material missed.
  5. Class cancellation will be made by phone contact with students. Confirmation of classes can be made by calling the University Hospital EMS office at 444 - 2489 three hours prior to class time.

Liability Insurance:

Each student will be required to provide and pay for his or her own liability insurance. The minimum coverage of the policy is to be one million dollars ($1,000,000). Students must have proof of insurance at the start of the clinical rotations.

Physical Examination:

All students must have a physical examination from a licensed physician. This physical exam must comply with the standards set forth by the School of Health Technology and Management and the HSC Health History and Examination Form completed and filed with the Student Health Service.

Note: all changes from prior policy are in bold