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EMS Faculty Honored as EMT Instructor of the Year

Ted Rogers
EMT Instructor of the Year Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers, EMT Instructor of the Year 2016-2017

Please join the Emergency Medical Services team in congratulating Ted Rogers on being recognized as EMT Instructor of Year by The Florida Association of EMS Educators!

Ted has been involved with teaching ever since high school, when he taught first aid classes for the local Red Cross chapter. He began his EMS career in Bay County in 1981, and started teaching Emergency Medical Technology classes with Gulf Coast Community College in 1985.

After relocating to Pinellas County in 1991, he worked as a Training Officer with Sunstar and as an SPC adjunct providing Continuing Medical Education to the Pinellas County EMS system.

In 1997, he joined the college full time and assumed the position of Lead EMT Instructor, a position he has held for the last 20 years. He has been actively involved in the EMS profession at the local, state, and national level, acting on various committees, designing and reviewing education materials, and serving as a technical advisor for both video and print photography used in initial and continuing education.

EMT Instructor of the Year Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers, far right, working as an SPC EMT instructor back in 1998

This is the second time Ted has been recognized for his efforts. He was also a recipient of this award in 2003.

As he works toward a retirement date in 2020, he continues to be active both in the classroom and the profession.

Congratulations on your well-deserved acknowledgement Ted! Your EMS Team and Health Education Center colleagues are thrilled to see your great work recognized!

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EMS receives iDart & iSimulate monitoring equipment


iDart and iSimulate have arrived!

Recently, the EMS team implemented iDart and iSimulate, state-of-the-art monitoring devices that provide opportunities for our EMS students to simulate cardiac rhythm recognition and interpretation. What an exciting time to be an EMS student!

iDart simulator monitoring screen

Student Engagement

These simulated monitors/Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) enhance training of cardiac defibrillators as well as AEDs, and provide interactive learning platforms and engaging scenarios. In addition, these monitors have embedded simulations which provide challenging interactive learning scenarios, and real-time feedback. This gives the students a better understanding and proficiency with psychomotor skills training regarding cardiac emergency management. These monitors have already created increased interest within the EMS department, and we look forward to training the EMS Team on how to use these powerful learning resources.

EMT Instructor, Mr. Scott Pelletier, demonstrates the new monitoring equipment

Student Success

Most of our EMS students expressed a keen familiarity with Apple products. Therefore, it was no surprise they were able to jump right in and adapt to the Apple-based functionality of the devices. With the familiar functionality of an Apple tablet, students started using the controls and operating these monitors with ease. These devices will certainly add to the multi-dimensional approach to virtual learning. Students were excited to get started! These simulators will provide increased capability with low cost alternatives to maintaining costly monitor defibrillators. The EMS team and students are ready to practice important skills on these state-of-the-art simulators!

iSimulate system with iPad

Interested in a career in EMS? Visit our website to learn more. Don’t forget about the upcoming Get it Done! event coming up Wednesday, July 19th! Click here to learn more.

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Blog contributors: Scott Pelletier and Marci Martinez


This equipment was funded by the $2.3 million federally funded Carl D. Perkins IV Career & Technical Education Grant.

EMS receives new fidelity simulators

MegaCode Kelly simulation

MegaCode Kellys have arrived!

Recently, the EMS team implemented Laerdal Medical’s MegaCode Kelly manikins into our five evening credit EMT lab classes. These medium fidelity, full-body manikin simulators are designed for the practice of advanced, difficult, and obstructed airway scenarios and IV therapy.

MegaCode Kelly Features

These flexible manikins, complete with scenario based simulation curriculum, provide a wide range of modules to accommodate training, including CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), trauma, bleeding control, and first aid. Other features include:

  • Airway/Intubation Trainer
  • Cardiac Related Skills
  • Circulatory Skills and IV Drug Administration
  • Trauma Module Set

Student Engagement

The EMS students were introduced to these simulators to enhance medium fidelity knowledge. This helps with understanding and proficiency for psychomotor (hands-on) skills. The student interest was overwhelming and they were impressed with the overall capabilities of these simulators, and were enthusiastic to work with these state-of-the-art devices. Several student comments related to the increased capabilities and how exposure to these medium fidelity simulators provided real-time feedback and interaction with their simulated patients.

EMT students practice skills using the new MegaCode Kelly simulator

Student Success

During the scenario, students had the opportunity to share how these new manikins were a great benefit to their learning process. What an engaging way to teach patient assessment and interaction in the clinical and field internship environment. These students will be ready to go as they transition into live human patient care!

The MegaCode Kelly scenario created the perfect opportunity for EMT students to engage in teamwork

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This equipment was funded in whole by the $2.3 million federally funded Carl D. Perkins IV Career & Technical Education Grant.

43rd Annual National EMS Week: Honoring Emergency Medical Professionals

43rd Annual National EMS Week

All of the SPC College of Health Sciences Emergency Medical Services program team members would like to offer our thanks, gratitude, and respect to all members of our area’s EMS providers who care for our citizens and visitors 24/7, 365 days a year.

We would also like to thank both our long-serving SPC EMS team members as well as the new additions to our growing team. Most of all our thanks to our alumni, current, and future students. We celebrate your career accomplishments, and we welcome you to the family of emergency responders.

(Welcome to Station 112!)

Pictured in photo: PSAV Combined Firefighter/EMT cohort 2017-01 – Ted Rogers, Lead EMT Instructor; Penni Eggers, EMS PSAV Coordinator; Glenn Davis, Program Director; Krista Fusari, Administrative Specialist; Marci Martinez, Administrative Specialist; Charles Morris, EMS PSAV Instructor.

Not Pictured: Ralph Sibbio, Lead Paramedic Instructor; Scott Pelletier, EMS Program Support Services Coordinator; Kevin Naylor, EMS PSAV Instructor

EMS Week

The week of May 21-27 is a time to honor emergency medical professionals. “EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s ‘front line,'” according to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT).

Programs at SPC

SPC offers Emergency Medical Services programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The college provides:

EMT graduates prep for National Registry exam

EMT graduates prep for national registry exam

NREMTIn order for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) graduates to work in the state of Florida, they must first pass a licensing exam to earn this credential. Recently, over 35 EMT graduates participated in a EMT exam prep class to help them acquire the best tips and tricks to utilize while studying for this important exam.

EMT prep classThe instructor, Kevin Franklin, has been a paramedic for over 20 years, and spent eight hours sharing, teaching, and guiding students during an extensive EMT review. Each student received a comprehensive study guide which included current information available from the National Registry on the National Standard expectations, test-taking strategies, and access to over 1100 questions similar to the National Registry exam.

EMT prep classThe EMS Team extends their appreciation to Team Workforce for helping fund part of this initiative. Since industry certifications are crucial for students to be gainfully employed, especially in the health fields, this was the perfect opportunity for a collaboration.

Best of luck to our EMT graduates as they take their National Registry licensing exam!


“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  ~Napoleon Hill

Interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services?

Lives often depend on the quick thinking and fast responses of first responders in medical emergencies. Our EMS Associate in Science degree gives you general education knowledge and strong scientific background for your career. If you are an EMT and paramedic, the AS degree provides the perfect pathway to earn promotions in your career field.

Learn more about our EMT program at

From EMT, you can continue with the paramedic certificate program.

Our programs are part of a progression of Emergency Medical Services education and licensing. Our EMS AS degree transfers to our bachelor’s degrees in Health Services Administration or Public Safety Administration.

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Congratulations EMS Graduates!

Congrats SPC Class of 2016 graphic


The College of Health Sciences and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department is so proud of our summer Paramedic and EMT graduates! These students have been called to care, and we look forward to the lives they will change, the difference they will make, and the leaders they will become in the world of EMS and public safety. Congratulations to the following students:

Associate in Science – EMS

  • Rushton Jett Frear
  • Tommy Queen, Jr.

Certificate – Paramedic

  • Ryan Fetner
  • Rushton Jett Frear
  • Hunter Gregg
  • Caleb Hudak
  • James Humphrey
  • Robert Krayer
  • Tommy Queen, Jr.
  • Victoria Reis
  • Carlos Saa Solarte
  • Mason St. Martin
  • Matthew Wilson

Applied Technical Diploma – EMT

  • Patrick Brafford
  • Christina Brewer
  • Aida Bronowska
  • Lason Byrd
  • Kenneth Daignault
  • Mario Fallucca
  • Darcy Finnegan
  • John Kyle Gerdes
  • Thai Heng
  • Juliette Inostroza
  • Mya Jones
  • Glenn LaPlante
  • Joal Levendoski
  • Jordun McCullum
  • Jeremy Meegan
  • Byron Myers
  • Jessica Nichols
  • Jannice Perez
  • Arielle Raino
  • John Stima
  • Lakreisha Thomas
  • Omar Tucker
  • Dawn vanHeel
  • Christopher Vento
  • Wesley Whitley

St. Petersburg College held its 131st commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Approximately 300 of the 1,030 summer graduates were expected to participate in the ceremony.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 156,574 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927. The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 72 years old, and 15 graduates are over the age of 60. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates are female.

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Do you need a Basic Life Support/CPR class?

basic life support

Students, is Basic Life Support/CPR required as one of your health program admission requirements? Now’s your chance to meet this requirement. St. Petersburg College’s Health Education Center – your home for BLS/CPR classes! We serve EMS, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers by conducting monthly BLS/CPR classes. Here are details about our upcoming classes:


  • Friday, August 12, 2016
  • Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Friday, October, 7, 2016
  • Friday, November 4, 2016


  • 0830-1230



  • $45 course fee. Payable by cash or credit/debit card.
  • The course fee does not include the required AHA BLS Provider Manual 2015 (Item # 15-1010).
  • The manual costs $17.65 and is available at the HEC Barnes & Noble bookstore. Phone 727-202-3603.
  • The book is required to successfully complete the course.

    AHA BLS Provider Manual 2015
    AHA BLS Provider Manual 2015

Important Notes:

  • You will be practicing skills requiring you to work on your hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting, so you will want to wear loose, comfortable clothing. You are not required to attend this class in uniform.
  • As long as you pass the final exam, you will leave this course with a BLS/CPR card, and officially be BLS/CPR certified at the conclusion of the course.
  • This is a four hour CEU course. You will receive a certificate of completion reflecting four hours of continuing education credit.

To Register:

To see a list of SPC continuing education courses available visit:

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Did you know EMS has a “Simbulance”?

EMS Instructor Ralph Sibbio working with medic students outside the simbulance

The St. Petersburg College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department knows the importance of simulation when practicing EMT and paramedic skills. When students can actually “do” what they just learned about, experience it, and simulate it, the learning environment becomes engaging, and the student becomes motivated.

What is a Simbulance?

It is very important for students to practice skills using fully equipped simulators which allow them to experience mock clinical procedures without endangering real patients. That’s where the simbulance comes in. A simbulance is the blending of the words “simulation ambulance.”

According to, “Research has shown training in a setting similar to the actual practice environment can increase learning retention tremendously.” For this reason, EMS students are able to train at the Health Education Center on the simbulance installed in EMS classroom 119! Check out these active learning shots of paramedic students working in the simbulance:

Interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services?

Lives often depend on the quick thinking and fast responses of first responders in medical emergencies. Our EMS Associate in Science degree gives you general education knowledge and strong scientific background for your career. If you are an EMT and paramedic, the AS degree provides the perfect pathway to earn promotions in your career field.

Learn more about our EMT program at

From EMT, you can continue with the paramedic certificate program.

Our programs are part of a progression of Emergency Medical Services education and licensing. Our EMS AS degree transfers to our bachelor’s degrees in Health Services Administration or Public Safety Administration.

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EMS classrooms receive major upgrades

Sometimes, it’s just time for a change. The Emergency Medical Services department was in desperate need of updating to their classrooms, technology, and student learning environments. Sometimes funding can be an issue, or time, but not for EMS! Not only have they recently been awarded a nearly $50k grant from the Florida Department of Health to purchase a manikin simulator, and also seen pass rates soar for EMT students, but now the classrooms have been revamped with the latest and greatest technology and furniture!

So it’s out with the old classroom tables…

old tablesAnd in with the new!

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New tables in EMS classrooms 118 & 119

Wait, there’s more!

We now have new flat screen TVs in the process of being installed in HEC classroom 119. When the installation is complete, these screens should interface with cameras mounted in the simbulance (ambulance simulator), the computer displays in the room for lectures, and in addition, if EMS is able to secure a monitoring recording system from KbPort or CAE Healthcare, this will display readouts of simulations from the manikins and student interactions. This will be very useful for debriefing and/or classroom demonstrations. What a great way for students to experience real-world scenarios while using the newest technology!

flat screens
New flat screens in EMS classroom 119

The EMS students are excited for all the changes and look forward to working and learning in the modernized classrooms. Kudos to the Health Education Center Provost, Dr. Eric Carver, for leading the charge, to Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Dean for the College of Health Sciences, and to the rest of the EMS team who support the revisions and changes aimed at student success!

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EMS program pass rates soar

Kudos to the EMS Program!

More outstanding news in EMS! In addition to a recent grant award from the Florida Department of Health, they are celebrating student success. EMT graduates from Dec. 12, 2015 through June 11, 2016 passed their licensing exam at a rate of 94%, exceeding the state average of a 74% pass rate, and an amazing jump from the previous SPC pass rate.

The EMS faculty and staff have spent huge amounts of time and effort to reach this amazing level of success in a very short time frame. With curriculum changes, outstanding out-of-class support, and the incorporation of a test prep class, EMS has made great strides to improve first attempt pass rates.

Download the EMT statistics report for the state of Florida.

EMT students at the Midtown campus pass rate
EMT Lead Instructor Mr. Ted Rogers (L) and adjunct instructor, Mr. Shane (Chris) Henderson (R), with EMT students

SPC provides education in the two levels of Emergency Medical Services certified by the State of Florida: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. The EMT is the first level and allows practice at the basic life support level. It also provides the foundation to become a Paramedic. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs and are trained in advanced life support measures.

SPC also offers an A.S. degree program in Emergency Medical Services. Our EMT and Paramedic programs are the first two occupational completion points for our EMS-AS. This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor’s degrees in Public Safety Administration or Health Services Administration.

career pathwayCongratulations to Team EMS on this tremendous success!

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Source: Florida Department of Health