Paramedic

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Continuing Education Evening Paramedic Program

The continuing education paramedic course is designed to produce competent entry-level Paramedics who can provide treatment to the community in emergency situations. Paramedics assess the urgent needs of patients and stabilize their conditions until they receive definitive care. This treatment includes advanced life support, advanced patient assessment, airway management, pharmacological interventions and critical decision making. The various skills a paramedic performs may include intravenous therapy, drug administration, electrical cardioversion, induction of hypothermia, surgical airway, and many others performed in the uncontrolled environment.

Students will acquire these skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experiences, and field internships with emergency services agencies. Paramedics are employed with emergency medical services; fire and rescue services; critical care transport services; air medical services; hospitals; industry; educational institutions; and local, state, and national emergency management agencies. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Paramedic Examination and the National Registry examination.

Coastal also offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science. For more information about this program, visit the Emergency Medical Science Department page.

Requirements for this course

  • North Carolina EMT-Basic Credential
  • High school or high school equivalency diploma
  • TABE Test — Required TABE score of 9.1 in math and score of 12.1 in reading.
  • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) for Healthcare Providers is required to be completed by the beginning of Module II (Please see the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for Anatomy and Physiology course offerings).

Hours

This 1135-hour course is divided into five modules and covers approximately 18 months. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18:00 – 22:00. Online Material will also be required.

Module I
Module II
Module III
Module IV
Module V

Cost

The cost for the paramedic program will be approximately $2,500 for all five modules during the 18-month period, which will includes tuition, textbooks, online resource material, criminal background check, drug screen, immunization tracker, and uniforms. This cost may vary depending on legislated tuition costs. The registration fees may be waived for North Carolina volunteer or paid, non-convalescent, life saving departments (EMS), volunteer or paid firefighters, and municipal, county or state law enforcement officers, with proof of membership.

Course fees will be collected at the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building. Cash, check, money order payable to Coastal Carolina Community College, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover are accepted.

This course will follow the guidelines established by the North Carolina Office of EMS. The curriculum for the paramedic educational program shall be the 1998 Release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMT-Paramedic Course: National Standard of Care.

Accreditation Status

The Coastal Carolina Community College Paramedic Program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Coastal Carolina Community College Continuing Education Emergency Medical Science Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.