SJR State graduates paramedic class

St. Johns River State College recently held a completion ceremony for its paramedic class. The college credit certificate program, which was added to SJR State's allied health programs in 2015, prepares students for certification as paramedics and adheres to the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Educational Standards for Paramedic.

Paramedics are highly-trained members of the health care community who perform advanced life support techniques on acutely ill or injured patients, including cardiac, stroke and trauma victims. Students who complete the program demonstrate proficiency in skills such as advanced airway management, IV therapy, EKG interpretation and trauma care.

Students from Clay County: Taylor Dwyer, Michelle Hauter, Tonja Lewis, Daniel Martinez, Alexia Polli, Jameel Rasool and Candice Smith. Students from St. Johns County: James Boullt and Ryan Swartz. Student from Duval County: Jonathan Taunton.

The evening's guest speaker, EMS Advisory Committee Chairperson and Baptist Health EMS Liaison Sam Young, provided the graduates with words of wisdom and encouragement as they move forward in their paramedic careers.

Program Director Richard Webb said, "These young men and women have endured many lectures, labs, clinicals and ride-alongs during this past year, but have persevered fantastically. Their desire to help those in need is just one of many things they will have the chance to practice in their new role as paramedics."

Associate Dean of Allied Health Holly Coulliette said that in addition to the core classroom and lab instruction, students are able to gain real-life experience through clinical and field experiences. Clinical affiliates that support SJR State's paramedic program include Orange Park Medical Center, Putnam Community Medical Center, Flagler Hospital, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Baptist Medical Center South and Baptist Clay Medical Campus.

"The clinical experiences and expertise provided by preceptors, as well as field experiences provided by fire rescue agencies in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties, help mold and shape these future paramedics," said Coulliette. "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."

SJR State's paramedic program serves as an intermediate step for obtaining the College'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, call 904-808-7465 or visit the College's website at

2017 paramedic graduates


Students recently completing SJR State’s paramedic program:

Front Row, L-R – Jonathan Taunton, Taylor Dwyer, Candice Smith, Tonja Lewis and Jameel Rasool

Back Row, L-R – Daniel Martinez, James Boullt, Ryan Swartz, Alexia Polli, Michelle Hauter and Richard Webb, program director



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