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EMT - Paramedic, A.A.S.

Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: Sept. 15*

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code: AAS.EMT.EMT) and eligibility for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) national licensure exam.

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 61 credit hours.

Learn more about the Paramedic Degree Program

Purpose: Prepares students for state and national licensure as EMT-P. There is a fee for the national exam.

The AACC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), and approved as a Maryland EMS Educational Program by the Maryland Emergency Medical Services Board (MEMSB) upon the recommendation of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • EMT-P in local emergency medical services system, industry or health care setting.

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

*If application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions
  2. Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
  3. For degree: Eligibility for a general education mathematics course (see General Education Mathematics Requirements ).
  4. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better.
  5. A grade of C or better in prerequisite courses.
  6. Foreign educated students: must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  7. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of “C” or better prior to applying to the program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  8. Submission of a copy of current EMT certification card.
  9. Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
  10. Submission of a completed health examination record.
  11. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic course sequence each spring as the number of students permits. Applications received by the deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available after June 1 in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website. To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • First consideration will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the application deadline date.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Completion of ACA 100  and BIO 230  (or BIO 232  or BIO 234 ) with a grade of C or better.  
  • Affiliation with a Maryland Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jurisdiction.
  • Length of EMT certification and active affiliation with an EMS jurisdiction.
  • Priority is given to students with the highest grade point average.
  • Final selection for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the EMT department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a health examination record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Enrollment Restrictions

Limitations of health care facilities for clinical and field rotations necessitate enrollment restrictions.

Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic course sequence must comply with all Maryland Advanced Life Support Protocols and Regulations and maintain current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I). Students who fail to maintain current EMT and/or EMT-I certification or are decertified will not be eligible to continue in the program.

Program Readmission and Completion

Degree-seeking students who have not been consecutively enrolled in the EMT-Paramedic curriculum must meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of application for graduation. Please refer to graduation requirements  in this catalog.

An A.A.S. degree in EMT-P will only be granted to those students who have completed all EMT certificate courses at this college. (The BIO requirement can be transferred from another accredited college.)

Students must complete any interrupted coursework within two years from last enrollment or all EMT-Paramedic courses must be repeated.

Other certificate and A.A.S. degree program requirements regarding re-entry after a lapse in program attendance are available from the EMT department.

Articulation Agreement

Students may transfer up to 60 credits to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Emergency Health Services curriculum in pursuit of an advanced degree. For information call the EMT department at 410-777-7310.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet academic and admission requirements prior to admission. Students will be expected to practice certain skills on each other in the college lab. Mandatory attendance requirements apply to all classes in the EMT areas of study. A minimum grade of C is required in all EMT curriculum courses required in the program.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save, or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements     


EMT-Paramedic Course Sequence

All prerequisite courses require a grade of C or better.


Total credit hours: 5

General Education Requirements

Courses may be taken prior to, concurrently or following the EMT-Paramedic course sequence.

English: 3-6 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

General education requirement. See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Total credit hours: 16-19

Program Requirements

All EMT courses require a grade of C or better.

First Year - Spring Term

First Year - Summer Term

First Year - Fall Term

Second Year - Spring Term

Total credit hours: 40

*(completing these three courses satisfies the college diversity requirement)

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system.
  • Demonstrate the proper communication techniques using appropriate medical terminology.
  • Communicate in verbal and written form treatment plans for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.
  • Communicate effectively as team leader proper extrication and treatment modalities.
  • Demonstrate competence in using a variety of advanced life support equipment.
  • Identify text-based and electronic information resources for research.
  • Discuss current health issues and preventative measures as they relate to self and medicine.
  • Investigate causes/consequences of stress.
  • Implement a treatment plan for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.
  • Solve drug calculation problems and is able to administer the correct dosage of medication.
  • Maintain a commitment to professional growth and development.
  • Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the profession.
  • Consistently follow the acceptable standards of practice within the scope of paramedic practice.
  • Provide quality direct patient care for a culturally diverse group of patients.
  • Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for patients facing physical, mental, social and financial challenges.
  • Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for patients from diverse backgrounds, age groups, ethnic and religious origins.
  • Apply knowledge of disease pathophysiology in the Prehospital arena.
  • Perform advanced life support procedures.
  • Evaluate role playing exercises.
  • Summarize the pathophysiology and treatment plans for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries across the age spectrum.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and then click on “Articulations.”