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You'll deliver emergency care to those who need it most with a certificate created by OCC and SUNY Upstate.
Thanks to a generous donation by CineMedics CNY, two scholarships are available for students in both the Paramedic A.A.S. program and Paramedic Certificate program.  There are five, $500 awards available to help cover program costs. In addition, there are three, $2,000 awards available for each semester, up to a total of three semesters. To be eligible for these scholarships, you need to be registered full-time in the programs and complete a short scholarship application available at www.sunyocc.edu/scholarships

If you're interested in learning more about our program, come to one of our information sessions! Sign Up Now

What You'll Learn

Hands-on learning will be a feature of your education. Work in simulation labs and complete an internship for credit. SUNY Upstate has relationships with Adult and Pediatric Level-I Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, NYS Poison Control Center, and more.


Critical thinking in emergency situations is key, as well as knowing critical math and science principles in relation to care. You'll get work on these foundations at OCC.

Where You'll Go

You'll be able to work for top medical centers, hospitals and ambulance services. 

With your hands-on experience, you'll be a diverse, experienced candidate. 

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 20% Average

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Transfer Paths

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