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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services

Level up your life-saving skills. If you’re a certified EMT, our selective-admission associate degree program offers advanced prep for the National Registry Exam.

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Focus your talent where it’s needed most. Join MCC’s EMS Paramedic Program

  • Goal: Become a highly skilled healthcare practitioner
  • Requirements:  KY Certified or National Registry EMT
  • Completed: BIO 135 Anatomy & Physiology, AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • Outlook: High demand with excellent wages
  • Contact: Jacklyn Rideout, jacklyn.rideout@kctcs.edu.

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What is the Emergency Medical Services program?

The Emergency Medical Services Program enables you to gain a unique and in-depth experience in emergency health services. Through a rigorous process of academic and clinical applications, you will be prepared to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of an EMS Paramedic as they pertain to the care and transportation of the sick and injured.

The program requires you to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, sound moral and ethical character, critical thinking abilities, and the capacity for making quick and appropriate decisions regarding patient care and management. As professional healthcare providers, paramedic graduates are taught how to interact effectively with other emergency services personnel, to be dynamic leaders, to value lifelong learning and personal development, to be of service within their communities, and above all to respect and sustain human life. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be well prepared to assume duties as a patient advocate working always to act on behalf of those in need. 

What are my career choices?

The National Registry of Paramedics issued a mandate effective January 1, 2013 that all Registry applicants must have graduated from an accredited program to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (NREMTP) Examination. Kentucky utilizes the National Registry Paramedic Exam as their licensure exam for credentialing Paramedics in the Commonwealth. After successfully completing the NREMTP, you may apply to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) for licensure as a paramedic in the Commonwealth.

A variety of job opportunities will be available for licensed paramedics. Fire departments, ambulance services, emergency rooms, air medical transport, military services and industrial settings (coal mines, factories, oil fields) have a need for paramedics.

There is currently a shortage of Paramedics nationally. This is a growing market with competitive wages. Salary in Kentucky ranges from $35,000-$60,000 a year.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science




Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763






Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088 

214-703-8445 https://coaemsp.org/






Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services
500 Mero Street, 5th Floor 5SE32, Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 1 (866)-97KBEMS kbems.ky.gov







The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 

1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033

404.679.4500 https://sacscoc.org/

Program Minimum Expectations

*CAAHEP Standard 2.C.*

To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Program Annual Report Performance Outcomes 

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The following table denotes the previous three years of performance outcomes as reported to the CoAEMSP. 

Annual Reporting Year  Program Retention of Enrolled Students  National Registry Exam Success Rate*** Positive Placement of Graduates*
2022 83.3% 100% 100%
2021 83.3% 100% 100%
2020** 43.5% 71.4% 80%
2019  75% 50% 100%

* Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as "Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military." Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

** The 2020 Program Outcomes may have been adversely impacted by the COVID pandemic.

*** Eligible for Kentucky Licensure

Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the Emergency Medical Services program follows a selective admissions process. Students are required to be a certified EMT upon acceptance into the program. In addition, the following are prerequisites for admission to Emergency Medical Services. 

  • Completion of BIO 135 with Lab or completion of BIO 137 and BIO 139
  • Completion of a three-credit hour Medical Terminology Course

MCC accepts transfer courses meeting the criteria and transferability of required courses.

To be considered for admission, the following conditions must be met:

  • Complete the MCC application process
  • Meet with an advisor and register for classes
  • Complete, at minimum, BIO 135 or BIO 137 and Medical Terminology
  • Be a certified EMT
  • Complete the program application.
  • Submit a letter of intent of eligibility to enter the Emergency Medical Services program; the letter must be submitted as soon as possible to Jacklyn Rideout, jacklyn.rideout@kctcs.edu, Emergency Medical Services Lead Instructor, Madisonville Community College, 750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville, KY 42431

Length of Program

After admission to the paramedic program, full-time students can complete either the associate degree or certificate in three to four semesters.

Advanced Placement

Currently, Madisonville Community College does not have advance placement for the Paramedic Program.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Jacklyn Rideout, BS, AAS, NREMT-P, Lead Paramedic Instructor/Program Coordinator

(270) 824-1790