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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?
 Approximately 1,250 hours (9 months/3 quarters of college work).

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

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

Q: What are the minimum requirements needed to apply?
 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?
 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?
 Yes, you will receive 64 college credits.

Q: How much does the course cost?
 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?
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?
 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?
 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during days both fall and winter quarters, and Tuesdays only during spring quarter.

Q: Which immunizations are required?
 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?
 Yes, we provide liability coverage throughout the course for your lab work, field and clinical rotations.

Q: What is the job outlook for paramedics?
 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?
 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?
 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?
 No, you do not need to be affiliated with an ALS agency.

Q: Do some agencies/individuals get priority admission?
 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?
 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?
 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?
 For more information, please see the FAQs for the Tacoma Community College EMT-Basic Program.

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