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Paramedic is part of Emergency Medical Services.

Admission to the Paramedic Program


This program is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and noncritical patients. Student learning will focus on expanding the level of understanding of human anatomy and physiology, disease process, initial assessment and patient stabilization, proper use of equipment such as ECG monitor/defibrillators, and advanced airway management.

The Paramedic certificate program is a three semester program.  Applicants to the Paramedic program will be selected in a cohort of 24 students.
Students admitted to the program will complete an academic schedule of lecture, lab, and external learning experience (clinical).  Cohort members will be in the classroom 16 hours per week for lecture and lab instruction and 8 hours per week for their external learning experience.  During the external learning experience (clinical), Paramedic students will be supervised by nursing and paramedic preceptors with various hospitals, clinics, and EMS agencies across the East Tennessee region.    

This program is designed to meet all State and National requirements to prepare for the Paramedic exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medication Technicians (NREMT). 

Certificate Plan

First Semester
EMSP 1801 Fundamentals of Paramedic I 8 credits
EMSP 1401 Paramedic Skills Lab I 4 credits
EMSP 1311 Paramedic Clinical I 3 credits
Second Semester 
EMSP 2802 Fundamentals of Paramedic II 8 credits
EMSP 2402 Paramedic Skills Lab II 4 credits
EMSP 2412 Paramedic Clinical II 4 credits
Third Semester
EMSP 2403 Paramedic Capstone 4 credits
EMSP 2303 Paramedic Practicum 3 credits
EMSP 2513 Paramedic Field Internship 5 credits

Class Location

The Paramedic program is offered at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences. 

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion Rate – New Program 2014
Program Completion Date is Under Construction

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – New Program 2014
Program Credentialing Examination Pass Rate is Under Construction

Job Placement Rate – New Program 2014
Program Job Placement Rate is Under Construction


The Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services provides program oversight.  The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and is subject to the standard program evaluation required for performance funding.

The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. (727) 210-2350.

Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of the Paramedic program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Rocco V. Morando Building
6610 Busch Blvd
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone - (614) 888-4484 
Fax - (614) 888-8920

Program Costs

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.  Liability insurance fee of $42.50 is added to all student accounts to cover mandatory insurance requirements. 

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses

Books $800.00 (approximately - visit for book titles and exact prices)
Clinical Uniform (boots) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (pants) $50.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (shirt) $35.00 (approximately)
Clinical Uniform (scrubs) $35 (approximately)
FISDAP Clinical Software $80.00
Background Checks:
   Truescreen Background Check (required by clinical sites) $45
    Truescreen Drug Test (required by clinical sites) $31
    IdentoGO Background Check (required by the State of Tennessee for state licensure) $38
ITLS Certification $25.00
State of Tennessee Licensure Fee $175.00
National Registry Testing Fee $110.00

Total additional cost $1475.00 (approximately)

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, employment of paramedics is expected to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022—much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing demand for paramedics.

According to the most recent information provided by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for EMTs and paramedics in Tennessee is $32,970.

Work Settings

Paramedics are employed in a variety of settings including emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, clinics, and industrial facilities.

Gainful Employment Information 

Contact: David S Blevins • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4768 •

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