EMT-Paramedic Degree

Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Bryan Kesler, EMT Program Director
(731) 424-3520 ext. 50726
bkesler@jscc.edu

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Program and Career Description

The Paramedic Degree is designed to prepare competent professionals for a career in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Therefore, the entire curriculum, including the general education courses, was carefully selected in an effort to yield the most benefit to students preparing for service in the field of emergency medicine. The attainment of an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic will open job opportunity doors for the entry level paramedics who want to work toward career advancement over time and for veteran paramedics who need the degree to advance in the field. For example, advancement to the level of instructor in the State of Tennessee requires EMS Instructor Coordinators of any level to have a paramedic license and, at minimum, an associate’s degree before teaching any courses within the TBR system.

Estimated Salary Range
Career Experienced Salary Range
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic $28,990+

Data provided by Jobs4TN. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Accreditation Information

The Jackson State Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Sciences 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 Health Sciences Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone: (727) 210-2350) (www.caahep.org) To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, Phone: 214-703-8445; Fax: 214-703-8992; www.coaemsp.org Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admission Requirements

The EMS Paramedic program has specific admission requirements:

  • Be admitted to the college. See requirements 
  • Be currently licensed as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Tennessee, or a licensed Paramedic. Students must submit a copy of a current AEMT or Paramedic card to the Paramedic Program.
  • Applicant may be required to take a knowledge test if the student has been out of AEMT for more than one calendar year.
  • A copy of the CPR healthcare provider level certificate must be submitted that includes one-person, two-person, infant and child CPR.
  • Meet other admission requirements as stipulated in the Rules of the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Advanced placement is not available for this degree

Program Requirements

The AAS: EMS Paramedic requires 60 college level credits. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.

Communication Requirement
ENGL 1010 English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities Course
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics

Natural Science Requirement
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
PSYC 1030 General Psychology

Major Field Core
EMSP 1801 Fundamentals of Paramedic I
EMSP 1401 Paramedic Skills Lab I
EMSP 1311 Paramedic Clinical I
EMSP 2802 Fundamentals of Paramedic II
EMSP 2402 Paramedic Skills Lab II
EMSP 2412 Paramedic Clinical II
EMSP 2403 Paramedic Capstone
EMSP 2303 Paramedic Practicum
EMSP 2513 Paramedic Field Internship

The EMT-Paramedic Technical Certificate requires 48 college level credits. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites. See JSCC Academic Catalog and Student Handbook for further information.

Sample Schedule

 Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
EMSP 1801 Fundamentals of Paramedic I 8
EMSP 1401 Paramedic Skills Lab I 4
EMSP 1311 Paramedic Clinical I 3
  Total Credits 15
 Spring Semester
Number Course Name Credits
EMSP 2802 Fundamentals of Paramedic II 8
EMSP 2402 Paramedic Skills Lab II 4
EMSP 2412 Paramedic Clinical II 4
  Total Credits 16
 Summer Semester
Number Course Name Credits
EMSP 2303 Paramedic Practicum 3
EMSP 2403 Paramedic Capstone 4
EMSP 2513 Paramedic Field Internship 5
BIOL 2010 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  Total Credits 16
 Fall Semester
Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 2020 Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
PSYC PSYC 2130 Lifespan Development or
PSYC 1030 General Psychology
Hum/Fine Arts HUM 1010 Ethics or
ART 1030 Art Appreciation or
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
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