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Do you enjoy taking care of others? Are you calm in a crisis? If you said yes, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department is looking for students like you.

Our emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic training programs will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide comprehensive and compassionate prehospital emergency medical care. You will go through weekly simulation-based training on state-of-the-art equipment both on campus and in hospitals, local EMS systems and other specialty sites. Our skilled faculty will prepare you for the fast-paced decisions you will make as an EMT or paramedic.


Emergency Medical Technician

Start your career as a first responder with the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 105) course. This 15-week, 10-credit course offers 128 hours of lecture and 52 hours of laboratory so students finish the course ready to start in the EMT field. The course focuses on the fundamentals of EMT training, including control of the emergency scene, patient assessment, and management of patients in the field or in transit. It will prepare you for state and national certification.

Students who complete EMT 105 successfully will be prepared to take the Maryland EMT Practical Exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Written Examination.

Note: The state and national exams will have an associated fee. Affiliation with an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jurisdiction is required to obtain state certification.


Paramedic

A paramedic is a highly skilled individual in prehospital care practice. At AACC, you can earn a certificate or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree while achieving your dream of becoming a highly trained paramedic. This pathway builds on your basic EMT knowledge, skills and abilities to improve your patient care with advanced life support treatments.

Degree

The EMT department is proud to offer an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and a certificate in paramedic.

Paramedic, A.A.S.

The paramedic degree program is for those with current EMT certification looking to further their education and earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) as a paramedic. This program is designed to provide you with hands-on training and the skills necessary to serve as a patient’s first point of care in a health care setting, on interhospital transport or with local emergency medical services. 

Once you successfully complete the paramedic program, you will be prepared for state and national certification as a paramedic.

Note: The certification exams may have an associated fee. Affiliation with an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jurisdiction is required to obtain state certification.

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Credit Certificate

Paramedic, Certificate

The Paramedic certificate program is for those with current EMT certification looking to further their education and earn a certificate as a paramedic. This program is designed to provide you with hands-on training and the skills necessary to serve as a patient's first point of care in a health care setting, on interhospital transport or with local emergency medical services.

Once you successfully complete the Paramedic program, you will be prepared for state and national certification as a paramedic.

Note: The certification exams may have an associated fee. Affiliation with an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jurisdiction is required to obtain state certification.

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What can you do as an EMT or with a Paramedic degree?

Graduates of our programs go on to help people around the country and the world as first responders. Whether with the National Park Service, as a shipboard paramedic or in the ambulances and helicopters serving metropolitan areas, with EMT or paramedic training from AACC, the opportunities are endless. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Accreditation

The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems on behalf of the Maryland Emergency Medical Services Board.

To contact CAAHEP:
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
www.coaemsp.org


Program and College Information

EMT Mission and Vision Statements

Mission

We seek to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician -Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) levels.

Vision

The EMT department supports the college’s mission by fostering excellence in learning, teaching and providing an environment conducive to student success. Program faculty are dedicated to preparing competent entry-level EMRs, EMTs and paramedics who are technically competent, capable of providing comprehensive, compassionate and efficient pre-hospital emergency medical care in diverse communities of interest. Students enrolling in the EMR, EMT and Paramedic Programs can be assured that Anne Arundel Community College, the School of Health Sciences and the EMT Department are committed to fostering excellence of teaching and learning opportunities for all.

EMT-Paramedic Program Outcomes

AACC EMT PROGRAM OUTCOMES/3-YEAR DATA

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

AACC PASS RATES FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EMERGENCY TECHNICIANS (NREMT) Paramedic level certification ARE LISTED BELOW:

Calendar YearPass rate on 1st attemptPass rate in two attemptsPass rate in three attempts
2020 95.5% 95.5% 95.5%
2021 (spring) 94% 94% 100%
2021 (summer) 100% 100% 100%`
2022 (spring) 85% 100% 100%
Three Year Average 93.6% 97.4% 98.9%

National Paramedic PASS RATES FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS (NREMT) ARE LISTED BELOW:

Calendar YearPass rate on 1st attemptPass rate in three attempts
2019 73% 85%
2020 70% 85%
2021 70% 84%
Three Year Average 71% 84.67%

POSITIVE PLACEMENT RATE
The positive placement rate, as defined by CAAHEP based on graduates of the paramedic program who are reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a paramedic within twelve months of graduation, continuing their education or serving in the military are listed below: 

Graduation YearPositive Placement Rate
2020 100%
2021 100%
2022 100%
Three Year Average 100%

PROGRAM RETENTION RATE
Calculated as the percentage of students who were enrolled in the program after the first drop date of the first semester who graduated from the program; graduates are those that meet all competencies (didactic, laboratory, clinical, field and capstone project).

Graduation YearAACC Program Retention Rate
2019 83%
2020 (both cohorts) 84.6%
2021 90.4%
Three Year Average 86%**

**The program experienced a large number of students getting hired by local fire departments who did not complete the program due to having to begin fire school (2019-2021).

State of Maryland current pass rates at the Paramedic level: Obtained from NREMT Maps and Data

Calendar YearPass rate on 1st attemptPass rate on three attempts
2019 70% 82%
2020 76% 89%
2021 73% 85%
Three Year Average 73% 85.3%

Report is based on data that was current as of June 2022, as submitted to our accrediting agency in our annual report. Actual results may be higher if additional students passed the exam or obtained employment in the field since that time.

EMT Program Information

EMT Professional Liability and Insurance

Liability (Malpractice) Insurance

A student is responsible for the student’s actions in contact with patients and others during clinical assignments. Students are covered by professional liability insurance through Anne Arundel Community College for acts or omissions committed within the scope of the students’ clinical assignment, including, but not limited to, negligence in patient care. Exceptions to insurance coverage may apply, such as an exception to coverage for intentional acts.

All incidents that occur during a clinical assignment that result in personal injury to patients, clinical affiliate personnel, or the student and/or property damage must be reported immediately to the clinical coordinator and program director as soon as practical. An incident report must be written to document what took place and a copy of the report must be submitted to the director of EMS Education. All incident reports are kept on file in the School of Health Sciences office and undergo review by the dean of Health Sciences. The dean must submit the incident report to the college’s risk manager.

Health and Accident Insurance 

In the case of accidents or illness which occurs during clinical hours, the following policies will apply. If a student becomes ill or injured while on duty, he/she should report to the clinical instructor or designate. If injury is clinically related, an incident report should be filed and a copy should be sent to the program director. The student will be financially responsible for his/her treatment. In any case, if the student does not have any insurance coverage, any financial responsibility for treatment will be the student's responsibility. It is advisable to contact your health care and automobile insurance agent to inquire about health and accident insurance and premiums if you are not covered by spouse or parents.

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What Our Students Say

“It's really nice to learn from people that are really passionate about [paramedicine]. They want us to be good paramedics. They hold us to a really high standard and make sure we meet that standard.”
-Niki Robshaw, Class of April 2022

“The simulation dolls that they have are so incredibly technical. You can actually feel a pulse through them. It's really interesting to work with that stuff as opposed to just a cold piece of plastic.”
-Daniel Cvach, Class of April 2022