About the Programs
The department offers three program options: Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Bachelor of Science.
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 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.
The Bachelor of Science program is available for licensed paramedics who typically hold a position within emergency services who seek to better advocate for their respective communities and public services. Courses will typically be delivered online with some offerings in an independent study format. Some of the elective courses will require face-to-face instruction. Graduates from nationally accredited paramedic programs will be awarded up to 30 credits for their EMS knowledge and experience upon completion of all other degree requirements. Students are typically enrolled in the fall, summer, and spring semesters.
Successful completion of the above programs does not itself ensure licensure or registration. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with the applicable licensure and registration requirements.
Special courses, including Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology (EMSC 1602); Anatomy and Physiology (EMSC 1311); and Medical Emergency Responder (EMSC 1291), can be taken individually without acceptance into the paramedic program. Application for any of the special courses must be made under the Nondegree/Noncertificate student guidelines published in the Admission to the College section of the catalog.
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