Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
and Paramedic Program
The EMT and Paramedic Technology Programs were established at East Central Community College in 2002 in response to the growing demand for paramedics throughout the state. The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756. Telephone 1.727.210.2350. www.caahep.org
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were 210,000 jobs for EMTs and Paramedics with demand expected to grow until the year 2016.
Paramedics are health care professionals capable of utilizing advanced life support skills in the pre-hospital setting. They are caring professionals who provide a high standard of medical care to the patient prior to arriving to a hospital. Paramedics possess an extensive knowledge of body systems in order to effectively treat and sustain life of the patient in the pre-hospital environment.
A career as a paramedic is an exciting, fast paced adventure with constant challenges, demands, and rewards. The demand for Paramedics throughout the state will rapidly increase over the next several years due to the growing need for pre-hospital advanced life support. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for a seat in the National Registry's Exam as an EMT-Paramedic, which is a requirement for certification in the state of Mississippi as EMT-Paramedic.