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Paramedic is part of Emergency Medical Services.

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).

Class Location

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

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 2022much 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.

Program Outcomes


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 Roane State Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350,

To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214-703-8445, FAX 214-703-8992,

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

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Paramedic Program

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

Total additional cost $1475.00 (approximately)

Faculty & Staff

Gainful Employment Information


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

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