What is Emergency Medical Services?
Emergency medical technicians must be at their best under pressure. If you are a certified EMT ready to upgrade your skills, OCTC's Emergency Medical Services Technology program could be for you. This program teaches students to provide life-saving care to patients who are acutely ill or injured. Paramedics may work for ambulance services, mobile advanced life support units or fire departments providing emergency care en route to hospitals. Graduates earn an associate degree and are eligible to take the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) National Registry Examination. This program meets the standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Training and KCTCS Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). This program has limited admissions, and you must be a certified EMT to apply.
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?
Associate in Applied Science Degree and Transfer
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic: 63-67 credit hours
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic: 47-49 credit hours | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- 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 the 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. You must meet residency requirements of the degree-granting institution.
The OCTC Paramedic Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US HWY 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
Program Performance Measures - Calendar Year 2017:
First time NREMT EMT Basic exam pass rate: 89%
Combined NREMT Paramedic exam pass rate: 82%
2017 Graduate job placement rate: 82%
2017 student retention rate: 69%
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.