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 Hoursj17
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

The Emergency Technology program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See the EMS program advisor for additional information.