Kingsborough Community College’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program Receives Accreditation Effective Immediately


 KCC was the first college-based paramedic program in Brooklyn approved by the State Department of Health Bureau of EMS

Kingsborough Community College President Farley Herzek announced that the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited Kingsborough Community College’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program effective immediately. The initial accreditation status expires on March 31, 2022.

In 2013, the New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS approved the KCC Paramedic Program, which is part of the Nursing Department, making it the first college-based EMS-Paramedic program in Brooklyn; its first class graduated in 2015.

In an accreditation letter to President Farley Herzek, the CAAHEP stated in part, “The recent peer review conducted by the Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards.”

“This is excellent news for Kingsborough,” said President Herzek. “We are positioned to provide opportunities for students interested in this growing field, and are grateful to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs for recognizing our program’s value and importance.”

“The commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in program accreditation,” added CAAHEP President Thomas K. Skalko in his congratulatory letter to President Herzek.

“We are very excited about this news,” said KCC Academic Affairs Vice President and Provost Dr. Joanne Russell. “The faculty worked diligently to make this accreditation a reality; and, we are thrilled to be able to move forward as the demand for healthcare workers increases.”

“The EMS Paramedic Program is one of our most successful,” said KCC Nursing Department Chair Maggie Weeks. “From our first graduating class in 2015, more than 85 percent are employed as paramedics in the New York City area, and we look forward to increasing our enrollment.”

Accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, CoA ENSP, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Ambulance Association (AAA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NASEMSO), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), and the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE).

About the EMS Paramedic Program at Kingsborough

Kingsborough’s Paramedic Program is a 60-credit AAS in Emergency Medical Services degree.  An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic pre-hospital care and a Paramedic provides advanced pre-hospital care, the highest level of provider in the pre-hospital setting. Graduates of the KCC paramedic program will be eligible to sit for the paramedic examination for New York City, New York State and the National Registry.

About Kingsborough Community College  

At Kingsborough, the community comes first, and as Brooklyn’s only community college, we promote student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving a highly diverse borough. Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 12,000 full- and part-time students annually in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education, Kingsborough also serves an additional 20,000 students in its expanding continuing education and workforce development programs on- and off-campus.


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