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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services


Explore an exciting career in Emergency Medical Services

Our fast paced, high energy programs are designed to prepare emergency medical technicians (EMTs and Advanced EMTs) and paramedics to save lives by providing initial care to the sick and injured.

Levels of Training

This career requires you to think critically and take charge in unpredictable and sometimes chaotic situations. This career is physically demanding and requires specific technical standards. EMS training has three progressive levels of training and licensure:

To learn more, please refer to the specific course requirements link for each EMS training level.

Currently licensed and certified paramedics also can earn an associate degree in nursing while transitioning to a new career as a registered nurse (RN) through our Paramedic to RN Mobility Track Program.

Career Opportunities

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. (US Department of Labor)

Job Opportunities for EMT basic, advanced EMTs, and paramedics include but are not limited to:

  • Private Ambulance Service EMT/AEMT/Paramedic
  • Firefighter EMT/AEMT/Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Private Industry Safety Officer
  • Emergency Management Officer
  • Emergency Room Technician

EMS Technical Certificates

EMT Basic Technical Certificate

EMT Advanced Technical Certificate

Paramedic Technical Certificate

EMS Associate’s Degrees

Associates in Allied Health Science (EMT Basic and EMT Advanced technical certificates embedded)

Paramedic Associates of Applied Science (Paramedic technical certificate embedded)

Academic Map Information

Paramedic A.A.S.

Paramedic Technical Certificate

EMT Basic Technical Certificate

EMT Basic Technical Certificate (FastTrack)

EMT Advanced Technical Certificate

EMT Advanced Technical Certificate (FastTrack)

Program and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Interactive Course Schedule to see when and where a class is being offered.

The Southwest Tennessee Community College 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 of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

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

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). These measures include the program retention rate, the success rate on the National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Cognitive and Psychomotor exams, and the positive employment placement rate for graduates. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. 

Year Retention Rate NREMT Cognitive Exam Success Rate NREMT Psychomotor Exam Success Rate Positive Placement Rate
2021 72% 100% 100% 100%
2022 72% 100% 100% 100%
2023 78% 100% 100% 100%

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