Patrick Brown, BS, NRP, CCEMT-P
EMS Program Director/Instructor
The EMS program is designed for students who desire a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine. The program provides the student with the theoretical and practical preparation to qualify the successful graduate to obtain entry level positions in the Emergency Medical Services workforce.
Gadsden State Community College offers three levels of EMS training and education. Students who enroll in the EMS program will pursue a course of study, which leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Upon successful completion of a level, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's examination. Gadsden State offers refresher courses for all levels of service and continuing education courses that are of interest to the Emergency Medical Services community.
Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced EMT's, and Paramedics are licensed medical professionals who provide emergency medical care to the sick and injured in an effort to promote health, alleviate suffering and conserve human life. The EMT level is a one semester course. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry examination and apply for a State of Alabama EMT license, Advanced EMT training consists of an additional semester. Students who complete the Advanced EMT course will be eligible to sit for the Advanced EMT National Registry examination qualifying them to apply for a State of Alabama Advanced EMT License.
Paramedic is the final three semesters, which along with the required general education courses, leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Upon successful completion of the Paramedic program, the graduate may take the National Registry exam and apply for licensure as a Paramedic.