Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic)

Associate Degree

Overview

Paramedics are pre-hospital healthcare providers that care for the sick and injured in a variety of emergency settings. This program is designed to meet the NREMT and SC (DHEC) requirements for initial paramedic training and covers the curriculum and training necessary to sit for the national registry examination.

The paramedic is a healthcare assistant with incredibly important duties. To be successful in the field, the graduate must be a confident leader who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position. The paramedic must have excellent judgement and be able to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient, must be self-disciplined, able to develop patient rapport, interview hostile patients, maintain a safe distance, and recognize and utilize communication unique to diverse multicultural groups and ages within those groups. The paramedic must be able to function independently at an optimum level in a non-structured environment that is constantly changing.

Even though the paramedic is generally part of a two-person team working with a lower skill and knowledge level basic EMT, it is the paramedic who is held responsible for the safe and therapeutic administration of drugs, including narcotics. Therefore, the paramedic must not only be knowledgeable about medications but must be able to apply this knowledge in a practical sense. Knowledge and practical application of medications include thoroughly knowing and understanding the general properties of all types of drugs.

The paramedic must also be capable of providing advanced life support emergency medical services to patients and must be a person who must not only remain calm while working in difficult and stressful circumstances but must be capable of staying focused while assuming the leadership role inherent in carrying out the functions of the position. The paramedic must be able to provide top-quality care, concurrently handle high levels of stress, and be willing to take on the personal responsibility required of the position. This includes not only all legal ramifications for precise documentation but also the responsibility for using the knowledge and skills acquired in real, life-threatening emergency situations.

Self-confidence is critical, as is a desire to work with people; solid emotional stability; a tolerance for high stress; and the ability to meet the physical, intellectual, and cognitive requirements demanded by this position.

Physical Demands

Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination because over uneven terrain, the patients, the paramedics, and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized.   

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(11 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
BIO-112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

ID: BIO-112

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a basic integrated study of the structure and function of the human body.

4
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
Semester 2
(3 Credit Hours)
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 3
(3 Credit Hours)
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
Semester 4
(3 Credit Hours)
PSC-215 State and Local Government

State and Local Government

ID: PSC-215

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of state, county, and municipal government systems, including interrelationships between these systems and within the federal government. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
  Total Credit Hours 20
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$3,560.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Paramedic – 9-1-1 First Responder

The paramedic responds to 9-1-1 emergencies and administers life-saving care to treat and stabilize patients in the field. Paramedics also transport patients to an appropriate level of care via ambulance and act as the primary care provider during transport. A paramedic employed by a 9-1-1 service may also work as a field training officer, helping orient new EMTs, paramedics, or students to the 9-1-1 environment.  

Projected Job Growth

+8.1%

Average Annual Salary

$35,195
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • EMS Agencies

Careers

Paramedic – Private Ambulance Services

Paramedics working for private ambulance service will respond to requests for service from customers and facilities, and provide ongoing or stabilizing care to patients for the duration of transport. Critical care, inter-facility, hospital discharges, and scheduled transfers are a primary component of this job.

Projected Job Growth

+8.1%

Average Annual Salary

$35,195
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Private Medical Transport Services
  • Hospitals

Careers

EMT/Paramedic Instructor

The EMT or Paramedic Instructor provides classroom and lab instruction on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency care to the sick or injured. This opportunity for the experienced provider allows for the instructor to relate classroom material to relevant field experience.

Projected Job Growth

+5.9%

Average Annual Salary

$67,157
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Educational Institutions

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the workforce

Graduates of MTC’s paramedic program are workforce-ready upon completion of the national and state certification requirements. There is a significant workforce demand for paramedics in South Carolina and the Midlands area. Graduates of this program are expected to have a very high placement rate and are educated to meet the current workforce demand by incorporating content on best-practice and local issues.