Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services

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

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What is Emergency Medical Services?

Modern emergency medical services (EMS) can trace its roots back to the 1960’s. This is when a formal curriculum and scope of practice was designed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since then, EMS has grown exponentially in education and in scope of practice.

As a mixture of public safety and healthcare, EMS requires a unique knowledge of field operations, anatomy and physiology, emergency procedures, and critical thinking skills. The paramedic is currently the highest skill set and level of training within EMS. Paramedics today can intubate, defibrillate, start intravenous lines for medication administration, start interosseous lines, perform needle decompression, and much more. The paramedic performs these skills autonomously, operating under standing orders approved by a physician.

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 pre-hospital 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 cog nitive 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 a certificate upon completion of the program. Enrollment in the EMS-Paramedic Certificate 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.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $20k med: $29k high: $46k

What are my career choices?

This program prepares individuals for positions in agencies and institutions that provide emergency response services.

Emergency Medical Services Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic $29,383

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans
EMS-Paramedic Certificate
(47 credit hours) 
EMS-Paramedic AAS Degree
(63-67 credit hours) 
EMS-Paramedic AAS Degree Completion

EMS-Paramedic Admissions Point System (pdf)

Additional Costs for SCC EMS-Paramedic Program

Letter of Intent


Paramedic classes are held on both Somerset South and Laurel North campuses. Somerset classes are hybrid with lecture on Monday and Wednesday. A new cohort begins every January. Laurel classes are Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. A new cohort begins every August.

Laurel August 2018 class deadline to apply is June 1, 2018

Somerset January 2019 class deadline to apply is November 2, 2018

Students must be an EMT in order to enter the program. EMT classes now offered on Laurel campus!

Watch the Pre-Admission Conference!

Technical Standards

  1. Sufficient visual acuity
  2. Sufficient auditory perception
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor skills
  4. Sufficient communication skills
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functioning

Paramedic Completion Program-Earn your Associates Degree

Current nationally certified paramedics can participate in our online degree completion program earning college credits for their paramedic training to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Scholarship Opportunities

For information on EMS and Paramedic scholarships, pleas visit http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/health/ems.htm.

Platinum Education Group Scholarship ($1,000) - Deadline is July 16, 2018

NOTES: The combined National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians pass rate for the 2015-2016 academic calendar year is 93%.  The combined National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians pass rate overall is 89%.. Also, all active students are currently employed at various EMS agencies. The Somerset Community College EMS-Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in 17 months if you maintain full-time status. This is a year round 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.

Gainful Employment Information

Program Contact

Tracey Franklin
EMS - Paramedic 
Program Coordinator

Samantha Feldman
EMS - Paramedic 
Clinical Coordinator, Laurel Instructor

Tanya Cowan
EMS - Paramedic
Somerset Administrative Assistant

Kathy Howard
EMS - Paramedic
Laurel Administrative Assistant