What is Emergency Medical Services?
The Emergency Medical Services Program enables you to gain a unique and in-depth experience in the emergency health services. Through a rigorous process of academic and clinical applications, you will be prepared to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of an EMS Paramedic as they pertain to the care and transportation of the sick and injured.
The program requires you to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, sound moral and ethical character, critical thinking abilities, and the capacity for making quick and appropriate decisions regarding patient care and management. As professional healthcare providers, paramedic graduates are taught how to interact effectively with other emergency services personnel, to be dynamic leaders, to value life-long learning and personal development, to be of service within their communities, and above all to respect and sustain human life. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be well prepared to assume their duties as a patient advocate working always to act on behalf of those in need. Available Credentials
What are my career choices?
The National Registry of Paramedics issued a mandate effective January 1, 2013 that all Registry applicants must have graduated from an accredited program to sit for the Registry. The collaborative efforts between Madisonville and Hopkinsville Community Colleges currently holds a letter of review, which will allow graduates to apply and sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (NREMTP) Examination upon successful completion of the program. Kentucky utilizes the National Registry Paramedic Exam as their licensure exam for credentialing Paramedics in the Commonwealth. After successfully completing the NREMTP, you may apply to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) for licensure as a paramedic in the Commonwealth or in your respective state.
A variety of job opportunities will be available for graduating paramedic student.
Fire Departments, Ambulance Services, Emergency Rooms, and Air Medical Transport,
Industrial Settings Including Coal Mines, Factories, Oil Fields, and Military Services
Salary ranges from $40,000 - $120,000 a year. There is a national shortage of paramedics and a growing job market.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science
- Emergency Medical Services Paramedic
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
Enrollment in the joint Emergency Medical Services program is limited and a selective admissions process is followed. Students are required to be a certified EMT upon acceptance into the program. In addition, the following are prerequisite/corequisites for admission to Emergency Medical Services. It is recommended that these courses are considered as prerequisites and are completed prior to entering the program core courses.
- Completion of BIO 135 with Lab or completion of BIO 137 and concurrent enrollment in BIO 139 and EMS 200
- Completion of a three-credit hour Medical Terminology Course
The Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Emergency Medical Services Program accepts transfer courses meeting the criteria and transferability of required courses.
To be considered for admission, the following conditions must be met:
- Complete the HCC application process
- Meet with an advisor and register for classes
- Complete, at minimum, BIO 135 or BIO 137 (registered for BIO 139 Fall 2014) and Medical Terminology
- Be a certified EMT
- Be admitted to the Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Emergency Medical Services Program
The Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited through CAAHEP and Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College are accredited through SACS.
The joint Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited under the Madisonville Community College Traning and Educational Institution (TEI) number and through The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkinsville Community College and Madisonville Community College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hopkinsville Community College.
Length of Program
After admission to the joint Pramedic Program, full-time students can complete either the Associate in Applied Science Degree or Certificate in three to four semesters.
Currently Hopkinsville Community College does not have advance placement for the Paramedic Program.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
To begin your path to becoming a Paramedic, contact Dr. Beth Beverly at email@example.com today!