Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307


Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements):

Attain a 17 or better composite score on the ACT;
Score 70 or above on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 60 or above on the Arithmetic Section;
Complete 15 semester hours with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university; [Developmental coursework does not meet this requirement]
Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework;
Complete BIO 2513 and 2511 (or BIO 2514) - Anatomy and Physiology I with lab with grade of “C” or better.
Possess certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as an EMT-Basic
Pass an EMT-Basic written examination and practical evaluation administrated by program faculty.

All applicants must apply for college admission, meet all program requirements, and attend an “EMS-Paramedic Information Session.”  Applicants will receive notice from the Program Director about scheduling their information session.

Note:  Application deadline for priority consideration is May 1st.  However, applications will be accepted until maximum enrollment is met.

For specific instructions concerning the application process, download the EMS-Paramedic Technology Program Information Packet.

The EMS Admissions Committee will select a class of 20 from the pool of applicants. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. Admission is competitive and specific admission requirements must be met.

Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows: 1) In-district students who complete academic core courses and/or general education coursework at MCC; 2) Out-of-district students who complete academic core courses and/or general education coursework at MCC; 3) Mississippi residents who complete academic core courses and/or general education coursework elsewhere; 4) Out-of-state students.  

Additional Requirements:
“Mississippi Law requires healthcare professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services, submit to criminal background checks, and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed healthcare entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student discloses a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study or will not be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity.”

In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliate feels is not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

Any drug conviction; bodily harm, neglect or abuse, or felony DUI conviction within a year of starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting. Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the “Review Standards Committee” with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.

Prior to enrollment, students are required to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination (or present physician’s statement stating that this vaccination is not advisable). Students are also required to obtain a CPR Healthcare Provider (two year) certification, proof of immunization for MMR, and varicella. A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test and drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All these conditions must be met prior to the start of clinical training.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to the clinical practicum. These fees will be attached as registration fees.