Associate of Applied Science: Paramedic 

AAS Degree: 108 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel are unique health care professionals that are categorized in a variety of ways beginning at the First Responder level and progressing to the highest EMS level, paramedic. They provide critical advanced medical care and transportation in an out-of-hospital setting with physician oversight. Emergency Medical Services are a component of the overall health care system, delivering care as part of a system intended to attenuate the morbidity and mortality associated with sudden illnesses and injury.

Paramedics function primarily in paid positions, but some choose to volunteer as well. These frontline healthcare professionals provide out-of-hospital advanced life support to patients with critical, life-threatening emergencies as well as those with perceived urgent and non-urgent calls for service. Paramedics bridge the gap by treating and keeping patients alive from the scene of the call to the ER. This work requires excellent clinical judgment, leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills while providing critical on-scene care to the patient. In addition, paramedics fill an essential role transporting patients who require advanced or critical care transportation between facilities. They are also becoming increasingly involved in numerous public health initiatives (immunization and testing clinics, illness and injury prevention programs, community paramedicine programs, etc).

Course of Study

The Paramedic AAS expands on the knowledge and skills learned in the 28 credit Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate. The certificate is fully contained in the Paramedic AAS degree, and, as such, all coursework in the certificate may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. The EMT certificate and the Paramedic AAS are recognized statewide  and are transferable between all community colleges where they are offered in Oregon.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles underlying the profession of paramedicine, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and disorders recognized and treated by paramedics.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the modalities and skills used in emergency medical services and how to assess objectively the evidence for their effectiveness.
  3. Demonstrate skills for life-long, self-directed learning to update their knowledge of the practice of paramedicine after completion of their formal studies.
  4. Demonstrate the practical skills needed to work as a competent paramedic delivering emergency medical services and to apply these skills to appropriate, safe, effective and compassionate patient care.
  5. Practice both independently and collaboratively as part of clinical teams and health care systems.
  6. Demonstrate cultural competency, respect for diversity and the ability to practice in diverse healthcare settings in a multicultural society.
  7. Assume responsibility for independent judgment in making sound decisions regarding patient management.
  8. Practice according to the ethical principles and legal requirements of the profession of paramedicine


  • MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or equivalent placement
  • WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
BI 211 Principles of Biology1 5 credits
CH 121 General Chemistry I1 5 credits
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition I 4 credits
MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits
Total 18 credits

1 Fulfills general education Science elective.

Courses Credits
BI 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I1 4 credits
EMS 100 Introduction to Emergency Medical Services 2 credits
EMS 105 EMT Part I 6 credits
Total 12 credits

1 Fulfills general education Science elective.

Courses Credits
BI 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II1 4 credits
EMS 106 EMT Part II 6 credits
PSY 215 Human Development2 4 credits
Total 14 credits

1 Fulfills general education Science elective.
2 Fulfills general education Social Science elective.

Courses Credits
BI 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III1 4 credits
EMS 115 Crisis Intervention 3 credits
MP 111 Medical Terminology 4 credits

COMM 218Z Interpersonal Communication3

4 credits
Total 15 credits

1 Fulfills general education Science elective.
3 Fulfills general education Arts & Letters elective.

Courses Credits
EMS 116 Intro to Emergency Medical Rescue 3 credits
Total 3 credits

Courses Credits
EMS 210 Paramedic Part 1 9 credits
EMS 220 Paramedic Lab 1 3 credits
Total 12 credits

Courses Credits
EMS 211 Paramedic Part 2 8 credits
EMS 221 Paramedic Lab 2 2 credits
EMS 231 Paramedic Clinical 1 3 credits
Total 13 credits

Courses Credits
EMS 212 Paramedic Part 3 7 credits
EMS 222 Paramedic Lab 3 2 credits
EMS 232 Paramedic Clinical 2 3 credits
Total 12 credits

Courses Credits
EMS 270 Paramedic Capstone Internship 9 credits
Total 9 credits

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 66
Biology (BI) 17
Chemistry (CH) 5
Communications (COMM) 4
Medical Professions (MP) 4
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Psychology (PSY) 4
Writing (WR) 4