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Paramedic

The paramedic program at Harford Community College prepares current EMTs to sit for the National Registry Exam and become certified paramedics. 

Paramedics are highly trained medical professionals who typically work full-time in a physically strenuous, stressful job that frequently involves quick thinking in sometimes life-or-death situations. They respond to emergency calls, perform medical services, and transport patients to medical facilities. 

Program Overview

CREDENTIAL EARNED
Certification as a Paramedic 

NO. OF COURSES
9 courses + 2 externships 

 

TIME TO COMPLETE
X

CONTACT
dreimer@harford.edu
443.412.2554
or
ems@harford.edu 

 

Requirements 

  • At least 18 years of age with high school diploma or GED® certificate 
  • Currently licensed as an EMT certification 
  • One year experience as an EMT and 150 calls as an aide 
  • Completed application 
  • Entrance exam 
  • Letter of recommendation 
  • Current health assessment from a licensed physician required before clinical 
  • Clinical facilities may require background and drug test to be paid for by student. 

Courses

Courses must be taken in order as a cohort and all students must take an entrance exam prior to the start of classes

  • EMS Foundations
  • EMS Core Competency Validation
  • Paramedic Pharmacology
  • EMS Assessment Based Management
  • EMS Medical & Trauma Emergencies
  • Paramedic Medical Emergencies
  • Paramedic Trauma Emergencies
  • EMS Special Populations
  • Paramedic Special Considerations & Operations
  • EMS Clinical Externship
  • Paramedic Clinical Externship

Accreditation

The Harford Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, (CoA EMSP) and is in good standing. 

Program Outcomes

  • CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
  • The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.
  • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 83.3%.
  • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was %83.3. 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.
  • The most recent retention rate was 54.5%.

What can I do when I complete this program?

Upon completion of this program you will be able to sit for the National Registry Exam to become a certified paramedic. The largest employers of paramedics are ambulance services, local government and hospitals.

Potential Careers

US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% increase in jobs in this field between 2019 and 2029 with an average median salary of $35,400* per year or $17.02* per hour. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this wage.