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Emergency Medical Services Technology- Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services

Level up your life-saving skills. If you’re a certified EMT, our limited admission associate degree program offers advanced prep for the National Registry Exam.

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What is Emergency Medical Services -Paramedic?

The role of EMTs and Paramedics has grown into more than just “lights, siren, and action”.  In addition to providing emergency care on the streets, EMTs and Paramedics work public events, in industrial settings, and in hospitals.  Some Paramedics even help patients with in-home self-care to prevent future hospital admissions. 

If you’re interested in becoming an emergency care provider, our EMS programs may be right for you.  We offer Emergency Medical Technician, as well as certificate and Associate of Applied Science options for Paramedic.  All educational pathways prepare graduates for the respective National Registry certification exams. 

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 (EMT certification required): 61-64 credit hours


  • Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic: 46 credit hours
  • EMT: 6 credit hours with built-in skill lab and clinical rotation; 1 semester 

For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Admission Requirements

  • 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-nine (39) semester credit hours upon the completion of fifteen (15) college credit hours from the degree-granting institution and acceptance into the paramedic program.
  • Currently Owensboro Community and Technical College does not offer advanced placement credit for the Paramedic (EMS prefix) courses.  Transfer credit will be accepted for named pre-requisite classes per existing KCTCS guidelines.  Licensed Paramedics may receive credit for the Paramedic (EMS prefix) courses, when eligible, in pursuit of the AAS degree for this program.  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.

Additional Information

The OCTC Paramedic Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 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
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
CAAHEP website

Contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8992 (fax)
CoAEMSP website 


Program Performance Measures - Calendar Year 2018:

First time NREMT EMT Basic exam pass rate: 89%

Combined NREMT Paramedic exam pass rate: 95%

2018 Paramedic graduate job placement rate: 92%

2018 Paramedic student retention rate: 75%  

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.

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Program Contact

Joe Dennison

Emergency Medical Services Technology - Paramedic

Program Coordinator