Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Program

The Emergency Medical Services Program is designed for students who desire a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine. The goal is to prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. The program provides the successful student with the theoretical and practical preparation to obtain entry-level positions in the EMS workforce.

There are three levels of EMS training and education: Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT and Paramedics. They are licensed medical professionals who provide emergency medical care to the sick and injured.  Students who enroll in the EMS program will pursue a course of study that leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. EMT is a one semester course with Advanced EMT training requiring an additional semester beyond EMT. Paramedic training is the final three semesters and results in the AAS. Over the last three years, completers in EMS have 100 percent job placement.

EMS courses are taught at the McClellan Center, the East Broad Campus and Gadsden State Cherokee. Clinical affiliates of the EMS Program are located in Gadsden, Albertville, Altoona, Anniston, Boaz, Centre, Lineville, Heflin, Jacksonville, Oxford, Piedmont and Sylacauga.

The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions and the State of Alabama Department of Public Health – Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Background checks will be required upon admission into the program.

EMS Students


A new class is admitted to Emergency Medical Services training every semester. Medic classes start in the summer and Advanced EMT classes are in the Fall and Spring semesters. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements:

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply here
  2. Complete a program application prior to the Add/Drop deadline for each semester.
    1. Visit Room 203 in Jarvis Hall on the East Broad Campus to receive an application.
  3. Submit supporting documents that are due in the Admissions Office by the deadlines:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Official ACT scores (with a minimum composite score of 18) must be on file 
  4. Minimum TABE reading score of 536 as well as placement in English 101 and Biology 201 for EMT students.TABE testing is administered through the Adult Education Department in Ralls Hall on the East Broad Campus and in the Adult Education Building on the Ayers Campus. 
  5. Minimum college / high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  6. Must be in good standing with the College
  7. Must meet the Essential Functions (see below) required for Emergency Medical Services students. 
  8. Pass a criminal background check and drug screen upon admission to the program.
  9. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunizations records upon request by the program.
  10. Demonstrate proof of insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.

Orientation Packet

Emergency Medical Services Program 
Fee Estimates

Starting Fall 2019


Item Fee
Tuition EMT $1,920.00
Tuition AEMT $1,440.00
Tuition P1 $1,280.00
Tuition P2 $1,760.00
Tuition P3 $1,600.00


Clinical Fees & Supplies

Item Fee
Malpractice Insurance $25.00 per semester
Uniforms $44.00 per shirt (bookstore)
ESS Clinical Services $97.00 per semester
FISDAP ($31.50 EMT) - ($84.00 AEMT - Medic)

Additional Clinical Supplies available at Bookstore: penlight, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, safety glasses, safety vest, wristwatch, shears, uniform pants, uniform shirts, uniform boots.

Required Textbooks

Emergency Medical Technician (EMS 100, 107, 118, 119)
Textbook Fee
BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual ISBN: 978-1616694074 $20.00
Prehospital Emergency Care 11 th Edition ISBN: 978-0134704456  $123.93


Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMS 155, 156)
Textbook Fee
AEMT, A Clinical Reasoning Approach 2nd Edition ISBN: 9780134420127 $160.00


Paramedic (EMS 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257)
Textbook Fee
Principles and Practice 5th Edition 5 Volume Set ISBN: 9780134572734 $494.00
ACLS Provider Manual ISBN: 9781616694005 $36.95
PALS Provider Manual ISBN: 9781616695990 $42.50
ITLS 8th Edition Advanced Provider Manual ISBN: 9780134130798 $62.00
*EMT Short Term Certificate (12 Credit Hours)

(Offered Fall, Spring, Summer)

Hour(s) Course
9 hours EMS 118 - Emergency Medical Technician
1 hour EMS 119 - Emergency Medical Technician Clinical
1 hour EMS 100 - CPR
1 hour EMS 107 - Emergency Vehicle Operator Course
*Advanced EMT Short Term Certificate (9 Credit Hours)

(Offered Fall, Spring)

Hours Course
7 hours EMS 155 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
2 hours EMS 156 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Clinical
*Paramedic Short Term Certificate (29 Credit Hours) 

(Offered Summer) 

Paramedic Semester 1 (8 hours) Course
3 hours EMS 241 - Paramedic Cardiology
2 hours EMS 242 - Paramedic Patient Assessment
1 hour EMS 244 - Paramedical Clinical I
2 hours EMS 257 - Paramedic Applied Pharmacology
Paramedic Semester 2 (11 hours) Course
3 hours EMS 245 - Paramedic Medical Emergencies
3 hours EMS 246 - Paramedic Trauma Management
2 hours EMS 247 - Paramedic Special Populations
3 hours EMS 248 - Paramedic Clinical II
Paramedic Semester 3 (10 hours) Course
2 hours EMS 253 - Paramedic Transition to the Workforce
2 hours EMS 254 - Advanced Competencies for the Paramedic
5 hours EMS 255 - Paramedic Field Preceptorship
1 hour EMS 256 - Paramedic Team Leadership

*AAS Degree in Emergency Medical Services (65-74 Total Credit Hours)
All of the classes above plus:
Hour(s) Course
4 hours BIO 201 or 271 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
4 hours BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3 hours

ENG 101 - English Composition I

3 hours Fine Arts elective
3 hours MTH 100 - Intermediate College Algebra
1 hour ORI 101 - Orientation to College
3 hours PSY 200 - General Psychology

*(ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 75, Equivalent ACT, or ENG 101 required for program entry at any level)
*(Classes must have 12 students to make for the semester)


The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by:
The Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756  
Telephone: 727.210.2350; fax: 727.210.2354
Website: www.caahep.org

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
4101 Oaks Blvd., #305-599, Arlington, TX 76016
Telephone: 817.330.0080    Fax: 817.330.0089
Website: www.coaemsp.org  

The State of Alabama Department of Public Health; Office of Emergency Medical Services (ADPH-OEMS)
RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 750, Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone: 334.206.5383 Fax: 334.206.5260
Website: www.adph.org 



John Hollingsworth MS, NRP EMS Program Director



Program Outcomes