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Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency medical technicians must be at their best under pressure. If you are a certified EMT ready to
upgrade your skills, OCTC’s Emergency Medical Services Technology Program could be for you. This program teaches students to provide life-saving care to patients who are acutely ill or injured. Paramedics may work for ambulance services, mobile advanced life support units or fire departments providing emergency care en route to hospitals. Graduates earn an associate degree and are eligible to take the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) National Registry Examination. This program meets the standards set forth by
the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Training and KCTCS – Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). This program utilizes a selective admissions process, and you must be a certified EMT to apply.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic:  63-67 credit hours


For course sequence, see the program card.

For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Admission Requirements

  • You must be EMT certified prior to entering paramedic program coursework. 
  • If you have passed the EMT-P National Registry Examination or a state licensure or certification examination for Paramedic and are currently practicing as a paramedic and hold a paramedic license/certification, you may be awarded thirty-five (35) semester credit hours upon the completion of twelve (12) college credit hours from the degree-granting institution and acceptance into a KCTCS paramedic program.
  • Credit will be awarded as follows: eight (8) credit hours for Introduction to Paramedic Practice, eight (8) credit hours for Paramedic Practice II, five (5) credit hours for Paramedic Practice III, six (6) credit hours for Clinical Practicum I and eight (8) credit hours for Field Internship I. 3) You must meet residency requirements of the degree-granting institution.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

Jimmy VanCleve
(270) 273-3187

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.

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency Medical Services Technology is a selective admissions program that will prepare you to deliver emergency care in a variety of environments including ambulance, mobile life support units, and industrial sites, to acutely ill or injured patients. You'll be eligible to take the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic National Registry Exam after completing the program, which meets the standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Training and the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. You will be required to be a certified EMT upon acceptance into the program. Credit may be awarded to currently practicing paramedics toward the Associate in Applied Science degree. Please use the contact info on this page to find out more!