The Paramedic program is a three-semester certificate program. The lecture and lab consists of approximately 600 hours. The clinical/field internship is approximately 540 hours. The program has a Fall and Spring start.
The program consists of four components of instruction: lecture, skills laboratory, clinical education and field internship. The successful completion of these components will prepare the students for National Registry exams and enable him/her to demonstrate competence as an entry level paramedic. Graduates of this program may work in emergency medical services (EMS), fire/rescue, hospital emergency departments, medical clinics, sports medicine, industrial medicine, or similar occupations.
All Paramedic courses are taught at the Knox Center for Health Sciences and Harriman Campus. Enrollment is limited.
Note: Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents.
*Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board requirement.
Program Application Deadlines
Fall Admission: June 30, late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.
Spring Admission: October 31, late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Paramedic program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Paramedic program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Paramedic program.
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.
A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at any time during the semester.
A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:
Note: Students must follow the admissions process regarding interviews and testing in compliance with EMS rules and regulations as set forth by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services and the RSCC Paramedic program. A Paramedic Admissions Committee considers all eligible applicants and recommends applicants to the Allied Health Science Admission Committee. Applicants must report if their license in any health care field has been suspended, revoked, or denied.
|First Semester||Term Taken||Grade|
|PARA||2100||Paramedic I||12 credits|
|PARA||2150||Clinical I||2 credits|
|PARA||2200||Paramedic II||12 credits|
|PARA||2250||Clinical II||2 credits|
|PARA||2300||Paramedic III||12 credits|
|PARA||2350||Clinical III||2 credits|
Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. in Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Emergency Medical Services should contact their advisor. A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement. Contact your advisor for the requirement of your program.
Emergency Medical Technician Course
This course prepares the student for the National Registry exam for EMTs. Upon successful completion of this exam the student will be eligible for State Licensure. Students having EMT licensure are able to work as part of an EMS team on Basic and Advanced ambulance units. They are employed in emergency rooms, law enforcement agencies, rescue squads, fire stations, health clubs, ski patrols, park rangers and other related fields.
The EMT course is offered on the Knox Center for Health Sciences and selected RSCC satellite campuses.
Emergency Medical Technician Basic: EMT 1100 12 credits
This course is the prerequisite for admission into the Paramedic Certificate Program.