What is Emergency Medical Services?
The EMS-Paramedic Certificate Program prepares students to function in the emergency medical profession as a paramedic to deliver emergency care in a variety of environments. The paramedic primarily provides prehospital emergency care to acutely ill and/or injured individuals while working on an ambulance, mobile advanced life support unit, industrial on-site unit, fire departments, emergency departments and other agencies. This program provides a comprehensive course of study that prepares the graduate for licensure as a Paramedic (EMTP). The curriculum is structured based on the National EMS Education Standards and regulations set forth by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). The three-phase curriculum is designed to provide the student with the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, and affective behaviors necessary to competently perform as a Paramedic. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Registry Paramedic Exam and may earn an AAS Degree or Certificate upon completion of the program. Enrollment in the EMS-Paramedic Program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process is followed. Students must hold current unrestricted certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Kentucky or hold a current unrestricted registration with the National Registry EMT as an EMT to be eligible for paramedic program admission.
What are my career Choices?
This program prepares individuals for positions in agencies and institutions that provide emergency response services.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic: 63-67 credit hours
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic: 47-49 credit hours
- You must be EMT certified prior to entering paramedic program coursework.
- If you have passed the EMT-P National Registry Examination or a state licensure or certification examination for Paramedic and are currently practicing as a paramedic and hold a paramedic license/certification, you may be awarded thirty-five (35) semester credit hours upon the completion of twelve (12) college credit hours from the degree-granting institution and acceptance into a KCTCS paramedic program.
- Credit will be awarded as follows: eight (8) credit hours for Introduction to Paramedic Practice, eight (8) credit hours for Paramedic Practice II, five (5) credit hours for Paramedic Practice III, six (6) credit hours for Clinical Practicum I and eight (8) credit hours for Field Internship I. 3)You must meet residency requirements of the degree-granting institution.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.