Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic


Emergency Medical Technology-Basic is an instructional program that prepares individuals to function in the pre-hospital environment. The EMT-Basic program provides instruction in basic life support care of sick and injured persons. This includes: airway assessment, communications, documentation, general pharmacology, hemorrhage control, ambulance operations, and splinting of adult, pediatric and infant patients; and special care of patients exposed to heat, cold, radiation or contagious disease.

This EMT-Basic program is one semester in length, typically meets two nights a week, and is available during the fall and spring semesters.

The EMT-Paramedic program is designed to prepare students to work as skilled paramedics and to provide sophisticated, advanced pre-hospital life support. After successful completion of this program students are eligible to take the National Registry's Exam as an EMT-Paramedic.

This EMT-Paramedic program is four semesters in length.

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Classroom instruction is comprehensive including a working knowledge of all anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes as well as competency-based instruction in assessment and management skills required for treatment of life threatening problems in the adult, pediatric, and geriatric patient. Clinical internship requires participation in care of patients in a hospital emergency department that provides medical control to ALS providers in the field and, according to availability:
  • CCU
  • ICU
  • labor and delivery suite
  • operating room
  • psychiatric ward
  • pediatric ward
  • geriatric ward
Field internship is done with an ambulance service and/or rescue service providing advanced life support services to the community.

Students need to maintain a “C” average in each individual class in order to continue the Paramedic program the following semester. A student successfully completing the program will receive an associate degree from the college and be eligible to take National Registry’s Exam as an EMT-Paramedic.

This training program is sanctioned by the Mississippi State Board of Health, Division of EMS, the State Department of Education, and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions.

The program meets or exceeds those standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation. The curriculum of the Paramedic Program is for four semesters in length and classes are admitted each fall and spring semester requiring a minimum of 1,500 hours of classroom instruction, clinical, and field internship.

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How do I get in the EMT-Basic program? To be admitted to the EMT-Basic program students must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a high school or GED graduate
  • Attain an 18 on the ACT or a 12 on the TABE.
EMT-Paramedic Admission Requirements:
  • Valid EMT-Basic state certification
  • Grade point average of “C” or better in Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  • (BIO 2513 and BIO 2511)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED
  • ACT composite score of 18 or better or TABE (Survey A) score of 12 or better
EMT Program Application Forms:
Instructor: Dave Kuchta | Phone: 662-562-3986 | Location: Office 338, Dr. Gary Spears Nursing and Health Sciences Building

Instructor: Jennifer Lance | Phone: 662-562-1127 | Location: Office 336, Dr. Gary Spears Nursing and Health Sciences Building


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TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill levels and aptitudes.

The Test is taken online and the Test results are emailed to you in 24 hours. The Test costs $20 cash.

Test time- 1 hour and 30 minutes

Before you apply for the EMT Basic program you are required to have an ACT score of 18 or above, or take the TABE test and attain a Score of 12 or above.

Subject Areas Tested
  • Reading
  • Mathematics Computation- basic math, fractions, decimals, percentages, pre-algebra
  • Applied Mathematics- probability, charts, graphs
  • Language
Free practice questions for the TABE test can be found by googling free TABE practice questions.
Study guide to the TABE test link. https://www.studyguidezone.com/images/tabeteststudyguide.pdf

To make an appointment to take the TABE test please complete the online form here: https://nwcc.wufoo.com/forms/tabe-testing/
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