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EMS - Advanced EMT and Paramedic

Nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technicians may be eligible to participate in the Paramedic program at Ridgeland or Grenada. A new paramedic program begins annually on each campus and meets three nights per week for three semesters. Successful completion of the course leads to a certificate or an AAS degree. Paramedics provide direct patient care covering a broad range of injuries and illnesses. Although most paramedics work on ambulances, other career options, such as an off-shore paramedic, combat or swat medic, safety officer, or flight paramedic exist.

Program Curriculum


First Semester
  • Anatomy & Physiology II BIO 2524
  • Foundation of Paramedic Lecture EMS 1142
  • Foundations of Paramedic Lab EMS 1151
  • Concepts of EMS Operations EMS 2912
  • Concepts of Airway and Respiratory Medicine Lecture EMS 1242
  • Concepts of Airway and Respiratory Medicine Lab EMS 1251
  • Concepts of Cardiovascular Medicine Lecture EMS 1343
  • Concepts of Cardiovascular Medicine Lab EMS 1352
  • Practicum I EMS 1514
Total 21 Hours
Second Semester
  • Concepts of Traumatic Medicine Lab EMS 2752
  • Concepts of Neurological Medicine Lab EMS 1751
  • Medical Emergencies of the Secondary Assessment Lecture EMS 2343
  • Medical Emergencies of the Secondary Assessment Lab EMS 2351
  • Practicum II EMS 1525
  • *Concepts of Traumatic Medicine Lecture EMS 2743
  • *Concepts of Traumatic Medicine Lab EMS 2752
Total 17 Hours
Third Semester
  • Concepts of Reproductive Medicine Lecture EMS 1942
  • Concepts of Reproductive Medicine Lab EMS 1951
  • Paramedic Capstone Lecture EMS 2942
  • Paramedic Capstone Lab EMS 2952
  • Practicum III EMS 2566
Total 13 Hours
First Semester
  • English Composition I ENG 1113
  • Social/Behavioral Science Elective (3)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • Public Speaking I SPT/COM 1113
Total 12 Hours

*After successful completion of all first semester paramedic courses, Concepts of Traumatic Medicine Lecture and Lab (EMS 2743 & EMS 2752), and Fundamentals of Advanced EMT (EMS 1913), students are eligible to sit for the Advanced EMT National Registry Exam.

(Option One - 3 Semester Program) A Technical Certificate may be earned at the conclusion of the third semester.
(Option Two) An AAS Degree may be earned after successfully completing required career technical and academic coursework.
Enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours each semester is recommended for eligibility for state aid, institutional scholarships, and the tuition break.