Tracey Franklin, Program Coordinator
Paramedic classes are held on both Somerset South and Laurel North campuses. Somerset classes are hybrid with lecture on Monday. A new cohort begins every January. Laurel classes are Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. A new cohort begins every August.
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.
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.
NOTES: The 2015 Somerset Cohort graduated with 100% first time cognitive National Skills testing. Also, all active students are currently employed at various EMS agencies.
The Somerset Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
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EMS - Paramedic program overview (pdf)
Pre-admission conference dates (pdf)
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