Emergency Medical Services

Cascade Campus, PSEB 133 | 971-722-5284 | Advisor: Michelle Butler | Faculty


Students in a training simulation with another student acting with a spinal injury

Emergency medical service providers (EMTs and Paramedics) provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and transport patients to appropriate medical facilities.

The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area employment of emergency medical technicians will grow 8.1% through 2027.

Why choose Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at PCC?


The Oregon Employment Department reports emergency medical technicians in the Portland area earn from $15.04 to $23.34 per hour. The average annual wage is $42,318.

Portland Community College’s Emergency Medical Services program is the largest in the state of Oregon. Our facility is also home to the Fire Protection Technology program. This multidisciplinary environment enhances the integration of all emergency services.

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Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic2 yearsLimited entry, see how to get into this program
Certificate: Emergency Medical Services1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: Emergency Medical TechnicianLess than 1 year


The program is not accepting students for the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate or the Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway Certificate. Please contact the department with any questions.

What will you learn?

PCC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is committed to training and educating emergency medical technicians to the highest standards. The PCC EMS program has kept pace as technological advances and demands have evolved. PCC provides you with a solid foundation in emergency medicine necessary to enter this rewarding and exhilarating career.

What will you do?

EMTs use communication skills in person, via radio, and in writing. A solid foundation in the basic elements of emergency pre-hospital care is developed and is required to make sound judgments in critical circumstances. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Airway and ventilation management
  • Automated external defibrillation
  • Bandaging and splinting
  • Bleeding control
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Childbirth
  • CPR
  • Extrication
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Medical assessment and management
  • Medication administration
  • Patient assessment (pediatric and adult)
  • Trauma assessment and management

EMTs are employed by numerous agencies, both public and private, emergency and non-emergency. These may include:

  • Ambulance companies
  • Care centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Fire departments
  • Hospitals
  • Law enforcement
  • Recreational facilities
  • Search and rescue squads
  • Transfer services and others

Positions range from volunteer services to part- and full-time employment.

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