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Degrees & Certificates

Emergency Medical Services

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 59 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Biology 12
Emergency Medical Services 23
Medical Professions 4
Writing 4
Math 4
Psychology 4
Communication 4
General Education Electives 4
Credit Total 59


Requirements for this certificate will be reviewed during the 2014-15 academic year. This review may result in significant changes or termination of the certificate in 2015-16. Please consult you academic advisor or the Nursing and Health Occupations Department for current information on the future certificate status and impact on students.

Career Description

The Emergency Medical Services certificate program provides career training for entry-level positions in emergency medical settings. The EMS Program is designed to train and educate emergency medical services professionals to excel in meeting the needs of the community. EMS providers may be employed by ambulance companies, fire departments, police departments, and various other industries requiring emergency medical services. EMS providers respond to medical and trauma emergencies by providing immediate care and transportation to the ill and injured.

Program Outcomes

  • Act in accordance with the ethical and professional medical standards of the entry level EMT Basic.
  • Meet the academic eligibility requirements for taking both cognitive and practical State and National Certification examinations at the EMT Basic level.
  • Meet the academic eligibility requirements to enter any Oregon Paramedic AAS degree program.
  • Demonstrate communication skills of the medical environment in order to develop and maintain professional client relationships at the EMT Basic level.
  • Demonstrate the professional and technical skill set necessary to meet the EMT Basic standard of care in a safe manner under diverse conditions.

Course of Study

This program combines classroom lectures, hands-on skill labs and appropriate cooperative field experience to provide students with cognitive, psychomotor and affective competence to function as effective EMTs. Individuals wanting to pursue a career as an EMT and become certified at the paramedic level can start on that career pathway with the EMS one-year certificate. Although CGCC does not provide paramedic training, firstyear courses required for the associate degree in emergency medical services are offered, but not every term. Upon completion, the student is eligible for a oneyear certificate in EMS. Students planning to continue to the paramedic level can transfer to another paramedic training institution to receive the associate degree in EMS.


Placement test scores within the last three years or transcript with satisfactory course completion.

  • Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 with a grade of “C” or better. Placement into MTH 65, or completion of MTH 60 with a grade of “C” or better. Placement into RD 115, or completion of RD 90 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Must have documented results of: TB 2 Step Exam (within 6 months), MMR (measles immunity) if born after 12 - 31- 56, Tdap (within past 10 years), Hepatitis B immunization series started, Varicella (chicken pox) immunity, Influenza (one dose each fall/winter for students receiving placements during the flu season).
  • AHA Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR) card current through certification testing.

Applicants must meet all prerequisite requirements prior to acceptance into the program. Satisfactory Criminal History Background check and drug screening will be mandatory to qualify for clinical rotations and state certification. The cost for Criminal History Background check and drug screening is the responsibility of the applicant/student.

Applicants should be aware that to be eligible to take the NR-EMT exam, they must be 18 years old. In addition, the following questions are asked on the National Registry EMT and/or the Oregon EMT Application:

  1. Do you or have you had within the past 10 years, any physical or mental condition that impairs, could impair, or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT? If you answer yes, explain whether your condition is controlled by medication or other treatment and how your condition treated or untreated, affects your ability to perform the duties of an EMT.
  2. Do you or have you used in the last 10 years, any drug or chemical substance for other than legitimate medical purposes that impairs or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT?
  3. Have you been counseled about, diagnosed with, or treated for, a dependency on alcohol or drugs within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any misdemeanor or felony? (Minor traffic violations need not be reported.)
  5. Has an employer or supervising physician taken disciplinary action against you related to your duties as an EMT? (Discipline includes suspension, letter of reprimand, resignation in lieu of termination, a limitation or restriction of scope of practice or dismissal for cause.)
  6. Have you been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct related to providing medical care?
  7. Have you ever been disciplined, denied or revoked by the National Registry of EMTs or any health care certifying/licensing agency?
  8. Have you ever surrendered or resigned a health care license or certificate?
  9. Have you lived, worked, or attended school outside of Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days in the last 5 years?