The Paramedic technical certificate program is designed to prepare competent entry level graduates in emergency medical care to serve in emergency care settings such as an ambulance service. Using the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum, discussions include the application of advanced patient assessment, problem recognition, and advanced treatment modalities. Clinical exposures in local hospitals assure appropriate experience in dealing with emergencies for all age groups including pediatrics and geriatrics.

The Paramedic program involves 43 course hours and takes three concurrent semesters (approximately 1 full yearafter completion of the Advanced EMT curriculum. The summer term includes 12 credit hours of clinical training in the field

Those considering the Paramedic Technical Certificate program must be licensed as an AEMT in the state of Tennessee. Students are admitted to the Paramedic technical certificate program through a competitive selection process. The program is not open to general enrollment. Individuals wishing to be selected must complete the following application process:

  • Tennessee-licensed AEMT applicants must complete this letter of interest Paramedic Application
  • Apply to the College submitted
  • Proof of immunity is required for MMR, Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox), and Hepatitis B
  • Meet the reading requirement of a 12-thgrade reading level by either:
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • Compass or Accuplacer Test Score
    • Successful completion of ENGL 1010
  • Submit all transcripts from previous college-level courses to Admissions (as applicable)
  • Complete an Advanced EMT Knowledge Examination
  • Personal Interview
  • Meet program-specific requirements

First Semester (15 Hours)

EMSP 1801* Fundamentals of Paramedic I 8
EMSP 1401* Paramedic Skills Lab I 4
EMSP 1311* Paramedic Clinical I 3

Second Semester (16 Hours)

EMSP 2802* Fundamentals of Paramedic II 8
EMSP 2402* Paramedic Skills Lab II 4
EMSP 2412* Paramedic Clinical Lab II 4

Third Semester (12 hours)

EMSP 2403* Paramedic Capstone 4
EMSP 2303* Paramedic Practicum 3
EMSP 2513* Paramedic Field Internship 5

Job placement at this level Gainful Employment of paramedic



Volunteer State Community College's Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Sciences Education Programs (CAAHEP) Upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs of the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP), the program's goal is "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP):
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992