Emergency Medical Services
• Must have a high school diploma or GED.
• Must take the
college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no
college level courses were previously completed.
Biology: minimum grade of C in high school biology or C in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college
biology class. (No time limit on biology. EMT-I certificate fulfills biology
English: minimum grade of C in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
• Math and science courses must be taken within five years of application.
• Required grade must be earned within two attempts of
taking and completing the course.
Current EMT-basic or EMT-I certification.
One year full-time experience verified by employer.
Sit for appropriate Massachusetts Certification Exam.
Enter the workforce and/or upgrade career position.
Emergency medical services are among the newest, most dynamic, and most
progressive disciplines within the field of medicine. Thirty years ago, there
were no emergency medical technicians or paramedics, and pre-hospital treatment
and transportation was provided by funeral home, police, and fire personnel with
little or no training or specialized equipment. With the dramatic advances in
knowledge, education and equipment developed since that time, Americans now
expect highly trained and skilled experts in pre-hospital emergency medicine to
respond swiftly in their time of need. It is the goal of the emergency medical
services program to provide our community with a corps of highly educated,
trained, motivated and professional EMS personnel to help fulfill that
The associate degree's program prepares emergency medical technicians to practice at the
paramedic level. In addition to class work, the
program provides supervised laboratory training, clinical experiences in
emergency departments of affiliated hospitals, and supervised field placements
within advanced life support EMS services.
Students accepted to this program may elect to pursue their studies on a
full-time basis and earn an associate's degree or take the core paramedic courses
and receive the paramedic certificate. Successful completion of either option
prepares the student to sit for the Massachusetts certification examination.
Certified paramedics may complete the general education component of the program
on a full or part-time basis and earn the associate's degree.
The paramedic core of the associate's degree program (courses designated EMT) has
been accredited by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. Upon successful completion of the clinical/field placement components of
this program, the student will be prepared to take the certification examination
for paramedics by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
To be eligible for consideration for admission into the associate's degree
program, an applicant must have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must
take the college placement test to determine math and English levels if no
college level courses have been previously completed.
Prospective students must earn a minimum grad of C in high school biology or
C in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college biology class. (No time limit on
biology. EMT-I certificate fulfills biology requirement.) Students must earn a
minimum grade of C in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101. All math and science
courses must be taken within five years of application. Required minimum grade
must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the course.
A current EMT-basic or ENT-I certification is required to apply.
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record
Information (SORI) check is required of all students accepted into the program.
Students should be aware that a court record might prevent them from
clinical/field rotation or certification examination for Paramedics of the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
In addition to receiving a grade of C or higher in all paramedic courses, the
student must demonstrate satisfactory progress in all clinical, laboratory, and
field placement experiences to qualify for the associate's degree. The classroom
component must be completed prior to clinical and fieldwork assignments.
Furthermore, prior to entering field placement, the student must have obtained
advanced cardiac life support certification.
Anatomy & Physiology I
Introduction to Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Pharmacology for Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Patient Assessment & Human Systems
Patient Assessment/Pharmacology: Laboratory
Life Span and Healthcare Issues for Pre-Hospital Care
English Composition & Literature I
Anatomy & Physiology II
Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Neonatal and Pediatric Emergencies
Topics In Advanced Life Support
Clinical Placement for the Paramedic
Field Placement for the Paramedic
English Composition & Literature II
Introduction to Psychology or
Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications
Speech Communication Skills
Liberal Arts Elective