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Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (A.A.S.)

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Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission (admits twice a year: January & August)

Official Title of Major: Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. and eligibility for the National Registry Paramedic (NRP) written and practical exams.


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 63

Learn more about the Paramedic Degree Program

Purpose: Prepares students for state and national certification as a Paramedic (NRP). There is a fee for the national exam.

The AACC Paramedic Program 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), 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.

Additional Program 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.

Range of Occupations

  • Paramedic in local emergency medical services system, industry or health care setting.

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.



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.


Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session is required or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.
  2. Mail or email the completed program application to the designated address for the Health Sciences Admissions office found on the application.
  3. For degree: Eligibility for MAT 135 .
  4. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher within 7 years of the date the application is submitted 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. Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  7. Affiliation with Maryland Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jurisdiction.
  8. Foreign educated students: must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at, WES (World Education Services) at or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at
  9. 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 ENG 101  / ENG 101A   and ENG 102   with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Paramedic program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Paramedic course sequence each August and March on a rolling admission basis. Students will apply for the Paramedic program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission.

To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Length of EMT certification and active affiliation with an EMS jurisdiction.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check, health examination record, and urine drug screen by designated deadlines. Information and deadlines for completion will be sent in the applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.

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 (BLS) CPR recertification by the end of the first course, EMT 115.

Criminal Background Check 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.

Enrollment Restrictions

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

Students enrolled in the 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 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 Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic will only be granted to those students who have completed all EMT 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 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 and up to a maximum of 64 credits to the Towson University Allied Health program in pursuit of an advanced degree. For information call the EMT department at 410-777-7310.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Course Sequence

All prerequisite courses require a grade of C or better.

Prerequisites: 5 credits

General Education Requirements: 18 credits

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

English Composition: 6 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 40 credits

All EMT courses require a grade of C or better. This course sequence meets diversity course requirements.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111  or EMT sequence of courses. 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by CTA 100  or CTP 103 .

Fast Track

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Define the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system.

  2. Create, document, communicate, and apply treatment plans for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.

  3. Demonstrate effective team leadership in proper extrication and treatment modalities for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.

  4. Use a variety of advanced life support equipment to implement an appropriate prehospital treatment plan for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries across the age spectrum.

  5. Discuss current health issues and preventative measures as they relate to self, stress management, and medicine.

  6. Apply professional ethical and legal frameworks to work within the paramedic scope of practice.

  7. Provide quality direct patient care for a culturally diverse group of patients.

  8. Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles and cultural competency to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for diverse patients facing varied challenges or situations.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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