Emergency Medical Services


EMSEmergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Emergency Medical Services Professions include four levels: Paramedic, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Medical Responder. All levels of professionals provide emergency medical care to sick and injured patients in various settings. EMS professionals are employed in areas such as emergency ambulances, private non-emergency ambulance transport services, hospitals, clinics, and other allied health care settings. Becoming an EMT or a paramedic is exciting and rewarding-- and the demand for well-trained EMTs and Paramedics exceeds the supply!

SCC Offers Two Levels of Training - EMT and Paramedic

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The EMT course may be taken as a stand-alone course, but it is required (along with A&P) before beginning Paramedic classes.

An emergency medical technician (EMT) is a health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess and triage emergent, urgent and non-urgent requests for medical care, and to apply basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and medical transportation to/ from an emergency or health care facility. Depending on a patient's needs and/ or system resources, EMTs are sometimes the highest level of care a patient will receive during an ambulance transport. EMTs are often paired with higher levels of personnel as part of an ambulance crew or other responding group. With proper supervision, EMTs may serve as a patient care team member in a hospital or health care setting to the full extent of their education, certification, licensure, and credentialing. In a community setting, an EMT might visit patients at home and make observations that are reported to a higher-level authority to help manage a patient's care. When practicing in less populated areas, EMTs may have low call volume coupled with being the only care personnel during prolonged transports. EMTs may provide minimal supervision of lower-level personnel. EMTs can be the first to arrive on scene; they are expected to quickly assess patient conditions, provide stabilizing measures and request additional resources as needed. 


Completion of EMT training and A&P are required before beginning Paramedic classes.

The Paramedic is health professional whose primary focus is to respond to, assess and triage emergent, urgent and non-urgent requests for medical care; apply basic and advanced knowledge and skills necessary to determine patient physiologic, psychological, and psychosocial needs; administer medications, interpret and use diagnostic findings to implement treatment; provide complex patient care; and facilitate referrals and/or access to a higher level of care when the needs of the patient exceed the capability level of the paramedic.  Paramedics often serve as a patient care team member in a hospital or other health care setting to the full extent of their education, certification, licensure and credentialing.  Paramedics may work in a community setting where they take on additional responsibilities monitoring and evaluating the needs of at-risk patients, as well as intervening to mitigate conditions that could lead to poor outcomes.  Paramedics help educate patients and the public in the prevention and/or management of medical, health, psychological and safety issues.

Why Choose SCC?

We are fully accredited.  SCC's EMS Programs are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  Accreditation ensures credible education.

We care.  Our approach is genuine.  To us, it’s not just work – we take pride in the EMT and paramedic students we train.  We care about their reputation as much as we do about ours.  We pursue excellence at every opportunity to meet our own personal high standards of instruction and customer service to our students.  Doing a good job really matters to us.

Students Loading Equipment into AmbulanceWe train you for success!  Our EMS programs prepare you to provide the highest quality of pre-hospital care.  Instruction includes medical and legal issues, pharmacology, intravenous therapy, airway management, patient assessment, CPR, medical illnesses, trauma, OB/GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics, ambulance operations, and much more. All programs combine classroom learning, extensive practical hands-on labs that includes use of our own high-fidelity simulators, and field experience on 9-1-1 ambulances. Paramedic students also attend clinical in hospital settings and a field internship (Capstone) experience. 

We keep cohorts small to maximize learning and hands-on opportunities in class and lab and, we have a best-in-class partnership with local 911 EMS agencies allowing us to integrate class and lab instruction with hands-on ambulance experience throughout the course of the program.

We deliver results.  Our students consistently score well-above average on national certification exams. Our job placement is continuously near 100%.

EMS education and training opens other doors.  An education and background in EMS prepares you for success with many possible future careers such as nursing, physician assistant, physician, Emergency Room technician, firefighter, and more!

View Specific Programs and Course Requirements Below:

  1. Emergency Medical Services, AAS Degree

  2. Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

  3. Paramedic Certificate


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