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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services

Level up your life-saving skills. If you’re a certified EMT, we offer a certificate in Paramedics and can prepare you for the National Registry Exam.

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What is Emergency Medical Services?

Prepare to care for patients suffering from trauma and medical emergencies including  broken bones, puncture wounds, cardiac/respiratory events, vehicle accidents, and more. Start your career in this high-demand field with our network of local employers.

What are my career choices?

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

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The EMT course (EMS 105) is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Course graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Examination upon completion. The program is six credits and is offered from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays with online work on Thursdays.  MCTC offers an EMT certificate. 

Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients with an advanced level of knowledge and skill set.   Program graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic (NRP) Examination upon completion. Paramedic program enrollment is limited, and students are required to be a certified EMT prior to entering paramedic program coursework. After you are admitted to the college, you must also apply to the paramedic program.  MCTC offers a Paramedic certificate.

Exciting new opportunity and format for the EMT-Basic program!

Brand new starting Fall 2024, the hybrid format for the MCTC EMT program is designed to allow student flexibility.

The course now offers on-line lecture and lab components, with labs/skills options at the Rowan Campus on Monday and Wednesday and at the Maysville Campus on Tuesday and Thursday.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn an EMT certificate. This certificate allows students to take the certification exam administrated by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician.


EMS 105 (6 credit hours)

Provides the first level of training in the career structure of Emergency Medical Services. Integrates didactic course material and the lab component necessary for the delivery of entry level emergency medical care to individuals who are experiencing a disruption in normal body functions due to illness and/or injury and require intervention to prevent morbidity and mortality. Prepares the student to sit for the National Registry EMT examination that is required for Kentucky certification as an EMT. Focuses on basic anatomy and physiology, scene and patient assessment, airway and ventilation, cardiovascular and body systems support, motion limiting devices, wound and fracture management, administration of basic patient medications, extrication, transportation, and patient monitoring as well as medico-legal aspects and ambulance operations. Includes a minimum twenty-four (24) hour clinical observation in the emergency department and/or on a state licensed ambulance service. Lecture/Lab: 6.0 credits (150 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: Minimum ACT Reading Score of 15 or Consent of Instructor.

Attributes: Technical

Components: LEC: Lecture

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic:  47-49 credit hours

Courses by Semester

Total EMS Credits: 37-38 credit hours

Total General Ed Credits: 9-11 credit hours

First Year - Spring Term
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EMS 200 Intro. To Paramedicine 4
EMS 210 Emergency Pharmacology 3
EMS 211 Fundamentals Lab 1
First Year - Summer Term
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EMS 215 Clinical Experience I 1
First Year - Fall Term
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EMS 220 Cardiovascular Emergencies 3
EMS 221 Cardiac and Trauma Lab 1
EMS 230 Traumatic Emergencies 4
EMS 225 Clinical Experience II 1
EMS 270 EMS Operations 1
Second Year - Spring Term
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EMS 240 Medical Emergencies I 3
EMS 250 Medical Emergencies II 3
EMS 231 Medical Lab 1
EMS 260 Special Populations 3
EMS 235 Clinical Experience III 2
Second Year - Fall Term
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EMS 275 Seminar in Advanced Life Support 1
EMS 285 Field Internship and Summation 5-6
General Education Classes Required for a Paramedic Certificate
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab 4

AHS 115 OR

CLA 131

Medical Terminology OR

Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin

3 OR


FHM 100 OR

MAT 110

Dosage Calculations OR

Applied Mathematics




Technical Competencies

Upon completion of this program, the graduate can:

  1. Provide safe and sufficient care within the legal and ethical scope of practice for the paramedic and assume accountability for their actions and the actions of subordinate caregivers.
  2. Distinguish and use communication that is appropriate amongst health care practitioners, individuals, groups, and populations encountered in the emergency medical environment.
  3. Interpret and analyze assessment findings to formulate clinical judgments regarding individuals requiring emergency intervention, their families, and defined populations across the life span.
  4. Utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving skills to effectively prioritize management of individuals in an emergency setting to achieve the most positive outcome.
  5. Manage the direct provision of emergency care through effective organizational skills, appropriate delegation and supervision within the scope of practice.
  6. Reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a paramedic committed to excellence in the delivery of emergency care aimed at limiting morbidity and mortality.
  7. Recognize changes in the patient’s response to care as well as special situations that occur in the emergency environment and be able to initiate appropriate changes in care or transportation.
  8. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  9. Value continuous learning within the paramedic profession.

There were no graduates during the 2019 & 2021 Academic year.

National Registry Pass Rate 2020 2021 2022
Number of grads
Number of grads attempting
Number passing on 1st attempt
Number passing on subsequent attempts
Total passing to date
Number failing all attempts
Percentage of grads passing NR CBT

2021: 50%
2022: 100%

2021: N/A
2022: 88.9%

Attention EMT & Paramedic Students: When filing out your admissions application to MCTC you should select the General Occupational/Technical Studies (GO/TS) degree for your major with EMS-Paramedic as your sub plan. This will enable any financial aid or scholarships to apply.

Accreditation Statement

The Maysville Community & Technical 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 (www.coaemsp.org) .

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP: 
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445 
FAX (214) 703-8992 

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