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Paramedic FAQ

Q: I'm interested in the Paramedic Education program but am unsure where to begin. What steps should I take?
A: We recommend that you first complete the EMHS Virtual Information Session.

Q: How often is the paramedic course offered?
A: Once per year.

Q: How long is the paramedic course?
A:
 Approximately 1,250 hours (9 months/3 quarters of college work).

Q: When does the paramedic course start?
A:
 Fall quarter of each year.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A:
The application deadline is April 1 of every year.

Q: What are the minimum requirements needed to apply?
A:
 At least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma or GED, and current EMT-B certification with a minimum of 1 year of active EMT-B experience.

Q: If I have an EMT-B card from a state other than Washington state, will that meet admission requirements?
A:
 Yes, a current EMT-B or EMT-I card from any state or from the National Registry will suffice.

Q: Do I get college credits for completing the paramedic course?
A:
 Yes, you will receive 64 college credits.

Q: How much does the course cost?
A:
 Tuition, books, supplies, lab fees, and miscellaneous costs bring the total to an estimate of $6,331.85.

Q: How do I apply to the program?
A:
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Paramedic Education application will be available online through your TCC portal. Applications will be accepted until the deadline of Apr. 1, 2015 at 5 p.m. To apply to the Paramedic Education program, please see the Paramedic Education Online Admission Process

Q: Are there any course prerequisites that I can take now?
A:
 Yes, you can take 5 credits of Human Biology w/Lab (BIOL& 175) or Human Biology non-lab (BIOL& 170), and 3 credits of Medical Terminology I (HIM 130). Must be completed before entering the program (but not before submitting an application)

Q: When does the paramedic class meet?
A:
 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during days both fall and winter quarters, and Tuesdays only during spring quarter.

Q: Which immunizations are required?
A:
 You must provide documentation of immunity against mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), hepatitis B (a 3-shot series) and blood titer, diphtheria, tetanus, varicella, and proof that a tuberculosis skin test has been done within the last calendar year.

Q: Does the program provide liability coverage, i.e., malpractice insurance?
A:
 Yes, we provide liability coverage throughout the course for your lab work, field and clinical rotations.

Q: What is the job outlook for paramedics?
A:
 Excellent. On the average, about 80 percent of our students are working as paramedics within 90 days of graduation.

Q: What is the pay range for a starting paramedic?
A:
 Expect a starting pay range of $28,000 to $36,000 depending on whether you are employed by a municipality, hospital, or private service provider.

Q: How many students are selected each year?
A:
 We accept 24 students each year, as well as 4 alternates in case any of the selected candidates choose not to attend.

Q: Do I need an ALS sponsor in order to apply?
A:
 No, you do not need to be affiliated with an ALS agency.

Q: Do some agencies/individuals get priority admission?
A:
 No, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals with completed applications on file by the April deadline, and who are selected by the committee.

Q: Does this lead to a certificate or a degree?
A:
 Successful completion of the Paramedic program leads to a certificate. Completion of roughly 42 additional college credits will get you an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Paramedicine.

Q: With the 1 year of EMT experience that is required, is there a minimum number of calls required?
A:
 There is no minimum number of calls during your time as an EMT, but the more calls you go on, the better you will score on the application process.

Q: What if I don't have my EMT-Basic training - can I get that at TCC?
A:
 For more information, please see the FAQs for the Tacoma Community College EMT-Basic Program.

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