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Emergency Medical & Health Services

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

Program Description

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 (PDF), you'll provide basic life support and transportation for victims of illness and injury. For further information regarding program application, see EMT Basic Program Application Packet. 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

The Paramedic Certificate (PDF) is for those who want to build on their 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 (PDF).

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.

Health Sciences Overview

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 attendance at the Health Sciences Program Overview Information Session.

Bring your questions with you! Click here to access information session dates/locations.

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Melissa Stoddard, MPH, NREMT-P, Program Chair

Amanda Kieszling, BA, Program Support

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