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.

EMS paramedic Continuing Education Outcomes 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort
Retention 42.1% 84.6%
Pass Rate 100% 70%
Placement 75% 72.7%

Requirements for this course

  • North Carolina EMT Credential
  • High school or high school equivalency diploma
  • Successful completion of an exam assessing basic reading comprehension, English language writing skills and math on a post-secondary level. (ACT, COMPASS, SAT, ACCUPlacer etc.) For further information please call the CE offices at 910-938-6294.
  • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) for Healthcare Providers (or equivalent) 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).


This 1135-hour course is divided into five modules and covers approximately 16 months. Classes will be held two evenings each week from 18:00 – 22:00. Online Material will also be required.

Module I

This module includes pharmacology for EMS, airway management, advanced patient assessment, and a detailed evaluation and treatment of trauma.


  • AAOS Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, 7th Edition Premier Package (JB Learning)
  • International Trauma Life Support, 8th Edition

Online Resource Material

Module II

This module consists of advanced medical emergencies to include cardiovascular emergencies, 12 lead ECG, and rhythm recognition.


  • 12 Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation, 2nd edition (JB Learning)
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, 2nd edition (Jones and Bartlett)

Module III

Students will receive certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP).


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support AHA (2016)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support AHA (2016)

Module IV

Students will complete 150 hours in a hospital clinical setting. Some on campus classes will also be a part of this module.

Required prior to Module IV

Module V

Students will complete 300 hours on the ambulance. Some on campus classes will also be a part of this module.


The cost for the paramedic program will be approximately $2,500 for all five modules during the 16-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 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professionals (COAEMSP).

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.