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About our Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine
Associate Degree

Paramedicine offers an exciting and challenging career within the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Paramedics are members of the healthcare team that provides advanced-level care using standing orders, clinical judgment and medical direction of a physician. In the out-of-hospital environment, the paramedic leads the healthcare team. Employment opportunities are available with municipal and private ambulances, fire departments, hospitals, clinics and industrial settings.

Admission into the Paramedicine program requires that a student be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and complete an English composition, quantitative reasoning (or higher) and anatomy & physiology I with lab course. Students gain entry-level competency in many skills, including comprehensive patient assessment, airway management, medication administration, cardiac rhythm interpretation and the management of medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Included in the curriculum (for additional fees), but not limited to, are certifications in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support). The clinical component of the program consists of over 700 hours of clinical time in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical facilities and paramedic services.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Perform a comprehensive assessment on a patient.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information to implement the treatment plan for patients in pre-hospital settings.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all pre-hospital skills including cardiac rhythm recognition, airway management and medication administration.
  • Recognize that paramedics are an essential component of the continuum of care and service among health resources.
  • Communicate findings to a physician or other healthcare professional.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work in:

  • Flight Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire-based EMS Services
  • Private EMS Services
  • Hospital-based EMS Services
  • Health Clinics, Disaster Response Teams
  • Off-Shore Medicine
  • Industrial Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Dispatching

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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  • State EMT license
  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab with a grade of C or higher
  • Quantitative Reasoning (or higher) with a grade of C or higher
  • English Composition with a grade of C or higher
  • Attend a Virtual Info Session

Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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Accreditation, Outcome Data & Licensure Information


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Accreditation Statement:

The Southern Maine Community College 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP: 
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(f) 214-703-8445

Outcome Data

ClassNRP Cognitive Pass Rate
Retention RatePositive Placement Rate
Class of 20221st: 82%
Final: 100%

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Additional Admissions Requirements:

Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine has additional admissions requirements.
To view these requirements, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

There are additional fees that may be associated with this major.
To learn more, download a list of Paramedicine Special Course Fees.

Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or admissions@smccME.edu 

Interim Department Chair: Don Sheets, 207-741-5666 or dsheets@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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