About the Programs
The department offers the Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program consists of 6 semester credits of course work in EMSC 1602 – Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology. Historically, those enrolled in this course are interested in working as a licensed EMT, fulfilling the primary prerequisite for the paramedic program, embarking on a fire service career, or establishing patient care skills in another health profession such as physician assistant or medicine. Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to challenge the EMT credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). Classes begin in August and January of every year. Classes are held two nights per week.
The Paramedic program has two degree options: Certificate or Associate’s degree. The certificate program requires 43 hours of professional coursework, while the associate’s degree program requires 35 hours of Core Curriculum coursework in addition to the 43 hours of professional coursework. Successful program completion of both options satisfies the eligibility requirements to apply for the paramedic credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Graduates who complete the certificate program are eligible to complete the associate’s degree at a later time as long as all requirements of the degree plan are met.
Students accepted into the paramedic program can choose a fall or spring entry. Approximately 40% of the paramedic program course work is delivered online. Classes are held one or two days per week. Students may schedule their clinical time within program guidelines including weekends and weekdays.
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Leadership and professionalism
- Written and oral communication
- Knowledge of the profession
- Interpersonal skills