Paramedic, A.A.S. with Certificate Option

Program Location: Fairhope Campus

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Two-Year Program (A.A.S. Degree); 

This is a full-time program designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and progress in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) occupation as employees of pre-hospital care providers and other health care facilities that provide emergency medical care. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Registry Examination as administered by the National Registrar of Emergency Medical Technicians. Course curriculum subject to change without prior notice.


1. Unconditional Admission to the College.
2. Receipt of completed application for the Paramedic program.
3. Possession of a current NREMT-Basic EMT certification or Alabama EMT license and proof of successful completion of an advanced EMT course within the last two academic years prior to starting the paramedic courses.
4. Minimum 2.0 GPA in all previous EMS coursework.
5. Good standing with the College.
6. Meeting the Essential Functions or Technical Standards required for EMS.
7. Prerequisite courses are ENG 101, MTH 100, BIO 201, and BIO 202.

Once admitted, students must provide a background check, drug screening, medical insurance, immunization records, and a physical exam. All general education requirements must be completed prior to the last semester of the program. Current, unencumbered NREMT or Alabama EMT license is acceptable credit for EMS 118 and EMS 119. Documents must be presented to Admissions/Registrar to receive credit.  All courses must be passed with a minimum of 75 in order to progress in the program.

The EMS courses, ENG 101, SPH 107, MTH 100, BIO 201, and a Humanities elective are required for a Certificate for a total of 64 credit hours. The courses listed in the below plan are required for an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students may take the licensure exam after completion of either the certificate or associate degree and work as a paramedic once licensed.

Course curriculum is subject to change without prior notice. This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

NOTES: * Please see EMS advisor for course availability, if beginning in spring or summer semester.

Semester Two (Spring)

BIO 103 Principles of Biology is required to register for BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I.  BIO 103 may be waived for students who have been awarded prior credit for a college science course, successfully completed high school anatomy & physiology, or completed a health certificate program.  Please seek a health sciences adviser to see if qualified.  

BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I may be taken summer semester.

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Semester Three (Fall)

BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II and General Psychology are required for the Paramedic Associate in Applied Science Degree, not the Certificate.  

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