SJR State graduates first paramedic class

paramedic graduates

St. Johns River State College announces the graduation of its first paramedic class. The college credit certificate program was added to the College's allied health programs in 2015 following the debut of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program in 2012.

The graduates are Dino Rubino and David Brawner of St. Johns County, Kaleigh Tibbs and Monica Thomas of Putnam County, and Donald Watson of Clay County.

Paramedics are highly-trained members of the health care community who perform advanced life support techniques to acutely ill or injured patients, including cardiac, stroke and trauma victims.
The program prepares students for certification as paramedics and adheres to the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Educational Standards for Paramedic.

SJR State Associate Dean of Allied Health Holly Coulliette said in addition to core classroom and lab instruction, students gained experience through clinical and field experiences thanks to agencies throughout the College’s tri-county service district and in Duval County.

“These students came into the program with a desire to enhance the general knowledge they had acquired in their respective EMT class and are now graduating with proficiency in skills such as advanced airway management, IV therapy, EKG interpretation and trauma care,” Coulliette said.

“Clinical affiliates that supported the program and allowed our students to obtain valuable clinical experience are Orange Park Medical Center, Putnam Community Medical Center, Flagler Hospital and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.”

Coulliette continued, “The clinical experiences, expertise provided by preceptors, as well as field experiences provided by fire rescue agencies in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties, have helped mold and shape these future paramedics.”
“With the aging population and Northeast Florida’s population projections, the role of emergency medical services will continue to be a need for the future,” Coulliette added.

The program serves as an intermediate step in obtaining SJR State’s Associate in Science degree in Emergency Medical Services, a program that serves as a "one-stop resource" for students interested in gaining both the medical and academic components necessary for career advancement.

For more information regarding the 2016 paramedic class, call 904-808-7465 or visit the College's website at



Students completing SJR State’s inaugural paramedic class pose together with the College’s training ambulance. Front row: David Brawner, Dino Rubino and Donald Watson. Back row: Kaleigh Tibbs, instructor Richard Webb and Monica Thomas.