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Emergency Medical and Health Services

Programs at Tacoma Community College 

About

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals are highly trained medical professionals who respond to calls and provide emergency medical care in the pre-hospital setting.

TCC's EMS Program offers training for 2 career levels in this field:

Level 1: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basic

With the EMT-Basic Certificate, you'll provide basic life support and transportation for victims of illness and injury. The EMT-Basic program at TCC follows the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines as well as the Washington State Department of Health standards.

Level 2: Paramedic

With the Paramedic Certificate, you'll build on your EMT-Basic training. As a paramedic, you may be employed by the fire department, hospital, or private ambulance companies. You'll be the eyes, ears, and hands of an emergency physician while in the field.

The program is designed to prepare graduates to meet Washington state certification requirements and to take the National Registry EMT-Paramedic examination. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students have the option to pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree.    

Learn More About EMS

 
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Take Your Career Further 

Paramedic Certificate + Associate of Applied Sciences Degree 

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students have the option to pursue an Associate of Applied Sciences degree by completing 42 additional credits of general education courses as outlined in the curriculum. Those classes may also be taken prior to beginning the Paramedic Education program. 

Community Health BAS 

Students who complete the Paramedic program and Associate of Applied Science Degree may apply for TCC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Health degree, which offers elective tracks in Community Health, Advanced Respiratory Care, and community paramedicine. Learn more about how TCC's Paramedic program can be a starting point for a number of health careers pathways at a Health Careers Info Session

 

Paramedic Program Application Dates

Applications for the TCC Paramedic program are no longer being accepted for the 2020 cohort.  TCC is currently reviewing applications and will be reaching out to all candidates soon.  Applications for the 2021 Paramedic cohort will open again in January 2021.

Accreditation

The TCC Paramedic Education Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Telephone: 727-210-2350.

Program Outcomes

The information listed below is a requirement requested by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350. 

Outcomes Assessments
Graduation Year, Class of 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Graduates 20 23 22 21 21
Attrition 16.5% 11.5% 1.1% 4.5% 12.5%
Retention 83.3% 88.5% 98.9% 95.5% 87.5%
Positive Placement 95% 100% 95% 90.5% 76.2%
National Registry Written - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Written- Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Practical - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Written - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Written - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Practical - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Questions?

For information about either program, please email us.

Other Healthcare Programs at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

Get Started!

Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity. Please note: You will be admitted to the conversation in the order you arrive. Please consider joining us anytime within the scheduled hour. You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253-566-6091 or advising@tacomacc.edu. 

Zoom Lobby Sessions 

Date

Time

Zoom Link

Thursday, October 15 4 – 5 pm Cancelled
Wednesday, October 28 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, November 4 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Thursday, November 19 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, December 2 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Thursday, December 17 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session

 

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