Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


EMT student outside by ambulance

Admission into any part of the EMT program is conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory Criminal Background check.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory without exception. Students missing the first class will be dropped from the roster by the EMS Department.

EMT Application

To apply to the EMT phases of this program, you must submit copies of each item listed below, to the EMS Department's Admissions Specialist:

  • Completed Application
  • College Placement test scores or transcripts
  • Proof of age 18 years (or older) upon entering course.
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Official documentation of immunizations/immunity or documentation regarding noncompliance (religious, physician advice, etc.)
  • Current Oregon EMT Certification through completion of course (if applying for Advanced EMT)
  • BLS Health Care Provider Card through completion of course

All of the above documents must be submitted to:

Portland Community College
EMT Admissions Specialist
Emergency Medical Services Programs
909 N. Killingsworth St.
PSEB 133
Portland, OR 97217

If your application is complete, you will be notified immediately and given permission to register, as class size allows.

EMT-Paramedic Application

Admission to the PCC Paramedic Program is via our application/interview process. The Paramedic program is limited to 24 students and alternates. The 4-term program begins with Winter Term (January) and ends with Fall Term (December). Applications can be submitted beginning in July (and continuing into September). Please contact the EMS Department for a Paramedic Program advising email which will have the exact dates.

Oral interviews will be offered to selected qualified applicants. The interviews are anticipated to be scheduled in the month of October. You will be notified of a potential interview, including time, date and location of the interview.

Prior to beginning the PCC Paramedic Program (EMS 200-level coursework), the prerequisite coursework or their equivalents must be competed with a 'C' grade or higher (see Catalog for the complete listing). Please note: most of the prerequisite coursework will need to be completed by the end of Summer Term prior to the beginning of the new Paramedic Program year. Contact the EMS advisor for questions regarding course equivalencies. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the EMS Department.

The application packets will be available for mailing by mid-May. A mailing list is compiled in the EMS department. At that time, you may also pick-up the application packet from the EMS office on the Cascade Campus in the Public Service Education Building (PSEB) – Room 133.

A complete Paramedic Program application packet will typically include:

  • Completed Paramedic Program Application form (available from the EMT office, Cascade PSEB 133)
  • Current Oregon EMT-Basic or higher certification (out of state students should allow 12 weeks for reciprocity to Oregon)
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider level card
  • Official college transcripts submitted in sealed envelope with the school's official stamp or seal (unofficial copies for reference please – if official already provided to PCC)
    • PCC transcripts may be unofficial
  • If no college degree, unofficial proof of High School completion
  • Completed Paramedic Program Prerequisite Course Inventory form (included in the application packet)
  • A "personal statement." This statement need be no longer than one page
    • This statement gives you an opportunity to indicate your unique qualities and/or professional goals in becoming a Paramedic
  • Three letters of recommendation. These letters need be no longer than one page
    • Letters can come from qualified health care providers, EMS instructors, supervisors, or persons currently employed in the fire and rescue industry. You may also consider a character reference

The selection process is competitive; therefore, all materials submitted must be complete and accurate. All of the above documents must be submitted as one complete package by the application deadline date to:


Portland Community College
EMS Programs, CA PSEB 133
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990


Portland Community College
AAS-EMT Degree Program, PSEB 133
705 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217


Oral interviews will be offered only to selected qualified applicants. You will be notified in writing of time, date and location of the interview. See Interview and Selection Process information.