Emergency Medical Service
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are two distinct levels of responders who provide emergency medical services in an external-hospital environment. Often, these medical professionals utilize ambulance-based resources and operate under the direction of a medical control physician within well-established parameters of medical care. The Emergency Medical Science Academy at MCC offers entry-level students the opportunity to achieve their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)–Basic certification. MCC also offers a Paramedic program for students who have obtained a valid EMT–Basic national certification and have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and lab with a grade of "C" or better. All students must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate to be considered for acceptance into the Emergency Medical Science Academy.
Meridian Community College is approved by Mississippi State Board of Health through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to administer both EMT-Basic and Paramedic education programs. The curriculum used by MCC exceeds the National EMS Educational Standards developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A major portion of classroom instruction is devoted to understanding the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes related to emergency medical care. Laboratory experiences are used to build on a competency-based instruction model to include patient assessment and management skills required for the treatment of life-threatening problems in patients of varying ages.
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