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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

What is a paramedic?
Paramedics provide emergency care to the victims of medical and trauma emergencies. The care begins when they arrive on the scene and continues as they transport the victims to the hospital where definitive care is provided by doctors and nurses.

How is the curriculum designed?
The curriculum is divided into several areas of study and experience and consists of lecture, laboratory, clinical experience, and field experience. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills of the paramedic to meet the needs of individuals in times of an emergency. Courses in general education provide the student with the scientific and social background to function as an effective healthcare provider.

For those students who are currently licensed at the EMT-I level, HCC provides a one-year program that allows them to “bridge” to paramedics, emphasizing paramedic theory and practice.

Program Requirements