Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Technology

Find Your Wings 

Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Technology is designed to prepare students for careers providing emergency medical services in an external hospital environment. The program trains students in providing patient care and transportation and performing interventions using basic and advanced ambulance equipment.

Also, students learn skills required for treatment of life-threatening problems in adult, pediatric and geriatric patients. An Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the program. Certificates can also be obtained.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each EMS course to progress in the program. All coursework must be passed.  

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score 70 or above on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 60 or above on the Arithmetic Section;
  • Complete 15 semester hours of program general education coursework with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework and EMT Basic course credits do not meet this requirement; and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework.


All applicants must meet with the program coordinator for approval prior to enrolling in the program.

A maximum of 20 students will be admitted.

Mississippi Law requires health care professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student disclose a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity. All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to the clinical practicum. These fees will be attached as registration fees. For additional information, please contact the EMS advisor. 

If a student currently enrolled in Emergency Technician and Emergency Medical Science Technician-Paramedic Program is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the College’s “Student Behavior Code”, etc.), then the student will be dismissed from the program of study.  The student is not eligible for program readmission unless the clinical restriction is removed.

In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliates feel are not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

Any drug conviction, bodily harm, neglect or abuse, or felony DUI conviction within a year of the starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting. Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the “Review Standards Committee” with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.

Students are required to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination (or present physician’s statement stating that this vaccination is not advisable). Students are also required to obtain a CPR Healthcare Provider (two year) certification and proof of immunization for MMR and varicella. A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test and drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All these conditions must be met prior to the start of clinical training.

Students in the EMS-Paramedic Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

 
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1118 Emergency Medical Technician 8
  Semester Hours

8

Total Semester Hours

8

PARAMEDIC TECHNOLOGY Certificate Option
Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513/2511  Anatomy and Physiology I  with Lab 4
EMS 1118 EMT Basic 8
  Semester Hours 12
PARAMEDIC CORE COURSES
(FIRST SEMESTER)
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1133 Foundations of Paramedicine 3
EMS 2912 Concepts of EMS Operations 2
EMS 1213 Concepts of Airway and Respiratory Medicine 3
EMS 1514 EMS Practicum I 4
EMS  1325 Concepts of Cardiovascular Medicine 5
  Semester Hours 17
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS  2715 Concepts of Traumatic Medicine 5
EMS 1525 EMS Practicum II 5
EMS 1713 Concepts of Neurological Medicine 3
EMS 2314 Medical Emergencies of the Secondary Assessment 4
BIO 2523/BIO 2521 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
  Semester Hours 21
THIRD SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1913 Concepts of Reproductive Medicine 3
EMS 2934 Paramedic Capstone 4
EMS 2566 EMS Practicum III 6
  Semester Hours 13
Total Semester Hours 63

PARAMEDIC TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE of Applied Science Degree Option
Graduates of the EMS-P Certificate Program can also receive the AAS degree by completing the following academic courses:

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Fine Arts/Humanities Elective 3
  College Mathematics/Science (A&P I & II fulfills this requirement. 3
  Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 81
*Prerequisite required for this course.
*BIO 2523/2521 (Not a program prerequisite but may be completed concurrently during program enrollment) Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab.

    Passed Registry % Successful % Employed
Graduating class of 2016 3 2 66 100
Graduating class of 2017  15 13 87 100
Graduating class of 2018 9 6 67 100
Three year average passing: 73.3%

 

The Meridian Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org Outound Link ) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs of the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S.  Highway 19 North, Suite 1158
Clearwater FL. 33763
727.210.2350
www.caahep.org  Outound Link

 

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs of the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlet, TX 75088

Meridian Community College is approved by Mississippi State Board of Health through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) to administer both EMT-Basic and Paramedic education programs. The curriculum used by MCC exceeds the “National EMS Educational Standards” developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A major portion of classroom instruction is devoted to understanding the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes related to emergency medical care. Laboratory experiences are used to build on a competency­ based instruction model to include patient assessment and management skills required for the treatment of life-threatening problems in patients of varying ages.

  • MCC’s Emergency Medical Technician is a certificate program that meets the education requirements for an Emergency Medical Technician in MS and qualifies graduates for testing and recognition by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  The Emergency Medical Technician program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the certificate meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.
  • MCC’s EMS-Paramedic program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Paramedic Certification in MS and qualifies graduates to take the National Paramedic Certification testing and recognition by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The EMS-Paramedic program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the certificate or degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.

 

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Security Guard - EMT
  • Paramedic Trainee
  • EMT - First Responder
  • Cardiology
  • Trauma
  • Patient Assessment
  • Maternal/Child Emergencies
  • EMT - Basic: $41,600 Salary Range
  • EMT - Basic: $45,760 Salary Range after five years.
  • EMS - Paramedic: $59,000 Salary Range 
  • EMS - Paramedic: $62,000 Salary Range after five years.
 For more informationFor more information:
Chris Lafferty, coordinator
claffert@meridiancc.edu
601.553.3487
For more informationFor more information:
Valerie Creel, advisor
vcreel@meridiancc.edu
601.481.1351