Associate degree (AS) program on the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing campus
- Students must apply to and be accepted by Saint Joseph's College.
- All classes are taken in Lafayette at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.
- 2-year program; each new cohort starts annually in August
- Cohort /class size is limited to (20) students; "first come, first served."
- Students receive hands-on clinical and patient care experiences in many of the critical care areas of the hospital.
- Students observe heart catheterization procedures.
- Students shadow board certified emergency room physicians in the emergency department.
- Strong clinical opportunities set the SJC program apart from many other programs in the state.
- Clinicals will take place in the Emergency Room or on board an ambulance (Lafayette).
- STE emergency rooms see an average of 60,000 patients per year. Patients range from pediatrics to geriatrics so students receive a wide variety of experience.
- STE emergency medical services (ambulances) receive an average of 17,000 911 calls per year. Calls range anywhere from cardiac arrests to automobile accidents.
- Classes are during the evenings so students can work during the day.
- Once AS degree is complete student is eligible to take the National Registry for Paramedics (exam completion required to obtain job as paramedic).