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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

Upon completion of this program you can sit for the National Registry Exam to become a certified paramedic. 

9 courses + 5 externships 



  • 18+ years of age with high school diploma or GED®  
  • Current EMT certification 
  • One year experience as an EMT and 150 calls as an aide
  • Completed application and letter of recommendation
  • Successful completion of entrance exam
  • Current health assessment from a licensed physician required before clinical


Clinical facilities may require background and drug test to be paid for by student. 

Required 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
  • Clinical I-V

What can I do when I complete this program?

The largest employers of paramedics are ambulance services, local government and hospitals.


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 2022.
  • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 75%.
  • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 75%. 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 70.6%.