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.
What is an Emergency Medical Technician?
The primary focus of the EMT is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. EMT’s function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. EMT’s perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
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 of Applied Science Degree
- EMS-Paramedic AAS Degree (63-67 credit hours)
Download the Program Overview (pdf)
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!
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- Sufficient visual acuity
- Sufficient auditory perception
- Sufficient gross and fine motor skills
- Sufficient communication skills
- 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.
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.