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2022-2023 Catalog 
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Paramedic (certificate)

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

Official Title of Certificate: Paramedic, Certificate

Award: Certificate and eligibility for the National Registry Paramedic (NRP) written and practical exams.


Total Credit Hours: 45 

Learn more about the Paramedic Certificate 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.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

To view all entrance/admission details, please go to the Apply & Register page and click on the Requirements link for the program.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see Health Sciences Criminal Background & Drug Screening.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101 ENG 101A , or ENG 111 . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Paramedic Certificate Course Sequence

Note: All prerequisite courses require a grade of C or better.

Prerequisites 5 credits

Certificate Requirements 40 credits

Must be taken sequentially. 

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. Communicate effectively using appropriate medical terminology.
  3. Communicate in verbal and written form treatment plans for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.
  4. Communicate effectively as team leader proper extrication and treatment modalities.
  5. Use a variety of advanced life support equipment.
  6. Identify text-based and electronic information resources for research.
  7. Discuss current health issues and preventative measures as they relate to self and medicine.
  8. Investigate causes/consequences of stress.
  9. Implement a treatment plan for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.
  10. Solve drug calculation problems and administer the correct dosage of medication.
  11. Apply professional ethical and legal frameworks to their work in the profession.
  12. Apply acceptable standards of practice within the scope of paramedic practice.
  13. Provide quality direct patient care for a culturally diverse group of patients.
  14. Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for patients facing physical, mental, social and financial challenges.
  15. Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for patients from diverse backgrounds, age groups, ethnic and religious origins.
  16. Apply knowledge of disease pathophysiology in the Prehospital arena.
  17. Perform advanced life support procedures.
  18. Evaluate role playing exercises.
  19. Summarize the pathophysiology and treatment plans for patients experiencing medical emergencies and traumatic injuries across the age spectrum.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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