Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, associate degree

Students putting a dummy into an ambulance in a simulation

The Portland Community College Paramedic Program is the last step in the formal education of EMTs and those seeking the Associate of Applied Science-EMT Paramedic degree.

The Portland 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 Professions (CoAEMSP).

Paramedic program goal

To prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

PCC as a CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Program is required to track and report outcomes measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report is for the calendar year 2022 (2021 paramedic cohort).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

Outcomes for 2022, 2021, and 2020
Outcome 2022 2021 2020
NREMT cognitive exam 1st time pass rate 57% 65% 78%
NREMT cognitive exam pass rate within 3 attempts 76% 94.1% 100%
NREMT practical exam pass rate 100% 100% 100%
Program retention rate 95.5% 91.7% 90.5%
Graduate positive job placement rate 85.7% 72.7% 94.7%

Award information

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
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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
EMS 100 Introduction to Emergency Medical Services 2
EMS 105 EMT Part I 6
MP 111 Medical Terminology 4
MTH 65 Introductory Algebra - Second Term 4
WR 121 Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) Z 4
Second Term
BI 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I * 4
EMS 106 EMT Part II 6
EMS 116 Emergency Medical Services Rescue 3
Third Term
BI 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II * 4
COMM 111 Public Speaking (COMM111=COMM111Z) *,1,Z 3
EMS 115 Crisis Intervention 3
PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations *,2 3
Fourth Term
BI 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III 4
HE 295 Health and Fitness for Life 2
PE 295 Health and Fitness for Life Lab 1
Fifth Term
EMS 238 Pre-Paramedic Orientation 1
EMS 240 Paramedic I 14
Sixth Term
EMS 242 Paramedic II 11
EMS 244 Paramedic Clinical Internship I 1
Seventh Term
EMS 246 Paramedic Clinical Internship II 9
EMS 248 Paramedic Field Internship I 3
Eighth Term
EMS 250 Paramedic Field Internship II 7
EMS 252 Paramedic III 2
 Total Credits101

Could be used as General Education


Or any Arts & Letters Gen Ed course.


Or any Social Science Gen Ed course.


This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

COMM 111 and COMM 111Z 

WR 121 and WR 121Z

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