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


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic Course
MCC offers a one-semester course to meet the educational needs of those seeking certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basic. This course provides an overview of the skills necessary to work as an EMT-Basic including patient assessment, transport, and treatment. Successful completion of the class (EMS 1118) qualifies a student for additional testing and recognition by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians at the Basic level. Student must earn a grade of “C” or better and pass the final exam with a grade of 75 or better to qualify for the National Registry examination.

To qualify for enrollment in the EMT-Basic course, prospective students must:

  • Attain admission to Meridian Community College
  • Have an ACT Reading subtest score of 16 or greater or an Accuplacer Reading test score of 70 or above
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to the course start date

After enrollment and as a part of the class, the following will be required of/scheduled for students:

  • Negative Mantoux Two-Step TB skin test
  • Drug screen
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or a signed “Informed Waiver” form
  • No history of non-qualifying criminal convictions

EMS 1118 Emergency Medical Technician  - 8 Semester Hours
Paramedic Technology Program – Certificate and Associate Degree Options
MCC offers both certificate and associate degree options for students enrolled in the Paramedic Technology program. All courses meet or exceed the National EMS Educational Standards developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Paramedic students are required to complete a substantial quantity of laboratory and clinical experiences. Successful completion of the Paramedic program qualifies a student for additional testing and recognition as a Paramedic by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians  as an EMT-Basic
  • Completion of BIO 2513 and 2511 (or BIO 2514) - Anatomy and Physiology I with lab with grade of “C” or better.

Paramedic Technology Certificate Program Curriculum

First Semester  
EMS    1122  Intro to EMS Systems
EMS    1314 Airway: Management, Respiration, and Oxygenation4
EMS    1414 Patient Assessment4
EMS    1513EMS Practicum I
EMS    1614Pharmacology 4
Total Semester Hours 
Second Semester  
EMS 1825
EMS 1525
EMS Practicum II
EMS 2855Medical
EMS 2714Trauma
Total Semester Hours 
Third Semester  
EMS 1422Special Patient Populations
EMS 2414Maternal / Child Emergencies
EMS 2565EMS Practicum III
EMS 2912EMS Operations
BIO 2523Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture and BIO 2521 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (if not previously completed4
Total Semester Hours 17
Total Program Semester Hours 53

Students in the EMS-Paramedic Technology program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester hours credit).

To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed above with a grade of "C" or better and with an overall (cumulative) grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or better.  A grade of "C" or better is required in each EMS course to progress in the program. Upon successful completion of all required courses, students will be eligible to write the National Registry's examination for paramedic certification.

Paramedic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Option
Students may also receive the Associate of Applied Science degree by earning credit for the following general education courses:







BIO 2523/2521 or 2524   Anatomy & Physiology II and lab
(in certificate curriculum)  
ENG 1113     English Composition I
SPT 1113      Public Speaking
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective
Social or Behavioral Science Elective
Total Semester Hours
Note:  MCC’s Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic (EMS-P) Technology program is undergoing initial accreditation evaluation. The program, therefore, is not currently accredited.

MCC has received a Letter of Review, which is the official designation that a Paramedic program is in the "Becoming Accredited" process.  It should be noted that Letter of Review is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status.   It is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation.  Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s).  However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

For additional information, contact the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs at or the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) at

For more information on this program read the gainful employment disclosure.
Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See the EMS program advisor for additional information.