The Paramedic is a health care professional that cares for those injured or suddenly taken ill in the pre-hospital setting. The Paramedic Program is an eighteen month program that includes classroom, in hospital clinical rotations and field internships. The program prepares the student to practice in the field and to be eligible for the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic certification exam.


  • To provide individuals with career preparation associated with Entry-Level and Advanced Practitioner Paramedic care competencies with consideration of the needs and expectations of the program's communities of interest
  • To provide a curriculum that leads to eligibility for the national credentialing process, entry into the Massachusetts licensure process, and employment in Paramedicine
  • To promote the development of those intellectual skills that foster critical thinking and problem solving that are necessary for life-long learning
  • To provide students with the skills necessary to communicate effectively within the healthcare community
  • To promote the development of life- long professional attitudes and values
  • To understand and manage self, to function effectively in social and professional environments and to make reasonable judgments based on understanding the diversity of the world community
  • To locate, understand, evaluate, synthesize, information and data in a technological and data driven society

The Paramedic program duration is 18 months. The program awards 29 college credits. It is a selective admissions program. The potential candidate for the program must make application to the college.

The Paramedic Certificate program is a selective admissions program. Please contact admissions for information on prerequisites, specific deadlines, and other criteria or visit

The Paramedic provides:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Advanced Airway Management
  • Vascular Access
  • EKG Interpretation and Treatment
  • Emergency Pharmacology
  • Management of Medical Emergencies
  • Management of Trauma Emergencies

Career Opportunities
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of jobs in 2012 were 239,100. The job is projected to grow for 2012-2022 by 23% (faster than average 11%). Projected Employment Change 2012-2022 is 55,300 new Paramedics.

Nationwide Employment Opportunities
National Registry certification allows for reciprocity in most of the United States.

Salary Outlook
According to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), the national average salary is $41,085 per year (2014).

Job Opportunities
Municipalities, Fire Departments, private ambulance companies, hospitals, clinics.

Related Job Titles
EMT-Paramedic, Paramedic

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Year# of studentsPercentage passed
2014No Students Eligiblen/a
2015No Students Eligiblen/a
2016 As of June 2016: 
First Attempt Written580%
First Attempt Practical4100%
Retention Rate - 88%
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Information Sessions

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Certificate Requirements
Semester 1
Survey of Human Form and Function or Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Paramedic Pharmacology
Semester 2
Paramedic I: Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Paramedic Clinical Rotation I
Semester 3
Paramedic II: Advanced PreHospital Care
Paramedic Clinical Rotation II
Semester 4
Paramedic Field Internship

Candidates for the Paramedic program must:

  • Have achieved their EMT certification prior to application and must maintain EMT certification throughout the program
  • Submit all required health records/immunizations prior to the start of the program
  • Attend an information session
  • Grant permission for a CORI/SORI check
  • Submit two letters of reference

Students may take English Composition I as a pre/co-requisite.

Paramedic I and II have the appropriate co-requisite of Clinical I and II. Students are responsible for contacting the clinical site to establish a mutually agreeable schedule to complete the clinical rotation.

It is the responsibility of the student to establish a mutually agreeable schedule to complete the Field Internship from the approved vendors.

Additional Information
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