JCC-UPMC Paramedic Agreement

Study paramedicine at JCC

Learn how to save lives. Help people in emergency situations. Become a paramedic professional with Jamestown Community College and UPMC Chautauqua.

JCC has partnered with UPMC to provide college credits for students completing the Chautauqua Regional Paramedic Program. You can earn both a JCC associate's degree and paramedic certification through UPMC by completing 30 credits through JCC, and 30 credits through UPMC training.

Through this agreement, you will:

  • Earn New York State Health Department certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science in Individual Studies degree from JCC
  • Be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic credentialing examinations

The UPMC Chautauqua Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the National Registry's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. To contact CoAEMSP: 214.703.8445 or coaemsp.org.

CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Paramedic educational programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

CoAEMSP Annual Report Showing Program Outcomes
Outcome 2022
Retention 71.4%
NREMT or State cognitive exam 88.0%
Placement 92.0%


Your future as a paramedic: what does a paramedic do?

A paramedic is the highest level provider of medical care in the emergency response field. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are the frontline care providers for injured and ill persons in emergency situations. Their goal is to stabilize a patient, and then transport the patient to a medical facility for further care.

Paramedics and EMTs learn a large variety of procedures including how to clear airways, administer CPR/AED, treat wounds and burns, intervene in overdoses, and assist with childbirth. Because emergency medical problems often are life and death, paramedics and EMTs learn to assess and respond quickly. The work is fast-paced and sometimes stressful but those challenges make these careers exciting and rewarding.

In Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties, paramedics make a median annual salary of $46,500. Emergency medical technicians make a median annual salary of $29,300.

How to get started

  1. Apply to JCC. For your program of interest, select Individual Studies A.A.S.
  2. When you meet with an advisor to register for classes, let them know that you are interested in the JCC-UPMC paramedic agreement.

Flexible pathway to become a paramedic

If you already have a paramedic certification, you can earn your associate’s degree by coming to JCC.

If you already have your EMT certification, you can earn both your JCC associate’s degree and paramedic certification with a flexible timeline.

If you don’t have any prior emergency medical certification, you can explore emergency medicine through the JCC-UPMC agreement.


Your UPMC training is completed in 15 consecutive months.

Your additional JCC credits can be earned before or after the UPMC training. The only prerequisite for the paramedic training is to complete the EMT training and certification at JCC before starting at UPMC.

Study in-person & online

JCC courses can be completed:

  • All on the Jamestown Campus
  • A combination of the Jamestown Campus and online
  • A combination of the Jamestown Campus, Cattaraugus County Campus, and online

UPMC training can be completed:

  • Chautauqua County: ALSTAR EMS training center, Jamestown
  • Cattaraugus County: Southern Tier Health Care Systems training center, Olean
  • Allegany County: Allegany Sheriff’s Office training center, Belmont