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Apply to Emergency Medical Services

To join this program, you must apply for admission. The admission criteria depends on which program you’re applying for.

EMT
For those who want to prepare to take the Oregon and NREMT exams. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, based on fully completing the application process. Class capacity varies by term.

Advanced EMT
For those with an Oregon EMT license who want to take the NREMT Advanced EMT exam. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, based on fully completing the application process. Class capacity varies by term.

Paramedic

For those with an Oregon EMT license who want to take the NREMT Paramedic exam. Admission is based on an application and testing process. 24 students are admitted each year, typically in winter term. Applications are accepted annually from July to September.
Questions?

Contact ems@pcc.edu for Emergency Medical Services admissions information, or mlbutler@pcc.edu for Emergency Services academic advising.

How to apply

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete this step as soon as possible so you can start using PCC resources. On the application, choose Associate of General Studies for your major. (Your major can be updated after you’re admitted to the program.)
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  2. Take prerequisites

    You must meet the standard PCC perquisites in Reading, Writing, and Math. Follow the steps for new students to complete your college placement.

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • WR 115: Intro to College Composition (or placement into higher)
    • RD 90: Reading (or placement into higher)
    • MTH 20: Fundamentals of Math (or placement into higher)
    • Paramedic program has additional prerequisites – see the Paramedic Info Packet
  3. Set up and immunizations

    We use a service called CastleBranch to verify your information. Make sure your immunizations are current (see required immunizations) then create your CastleBranch account:

    1. Go to CastleBranch.com and click “Place Order”
    2. Enter set up package code: PO93im
    3. Upload your immunization documents
    4. Pay immunization fee (est.): $20
  4. Submit required licenses

    Upload proof of required licenses to your CastleBranch profile. License must remain current throughout the program.

    • American Heart Association card: you need either a Healthcare Provider or Basic Life Support card. PCC offers this training: see American Heart Association classes. Additional sources for this training are listed in the EMT application, below.
    • Oregon EMT license: required for Advanced EMT and Paramedic programs only.
  5. Order background check

    The date of your background check must be less than 3 months old when you begin the program. If you have questions about how a criminal record affects admission, talk with an EMS program advisor or admissions specialist: ems@pcc.edu.

    1. Go to CastleBranch.com and click “Place Order”
    2. Enter background check package code: PO93bg
    3. Pay background check fee (est.): $51
  6. Order drug test

    The date of your drug test must be less than 3 months old when you begin the program.

    1. Go to CastleBranch.com and click “Place Order”
    2. Enter drug test package code: PO93dt
    3. Pay drug test fee (est.): $27
  7. Submit application

    Complete the application for your program:

After you apply


EMT
After submitting all required materials, you will be notified and given permission to register if there are seats available. After you receive permission to register, it is your responsibility to register for the appropriate courses. If you do not attend the first class session, you will be dropped from the class.

Advanced EMT
After submitting all required materials, you will be notified and given permission to register if there are seats available. After you receive permission to register, it is your responsibility to register for the appropriate courses. If you do not attend the first class session, you will be dropped from the class.

Paramedic

After submitting all required materials, you will receive instructions regarding additional cognitive and skills evaluations as a part of the application process. Admitted students will begin the program in January. If you do not attend the first class session, you will be dropped from the class.
Where to send your application

Do not include unnecessary pages with your application, such as instructions, PCC transcripts, etc.

Electronic submission (preferred):
Send to ems@pcc.edu.

Mail:
PCC EMS Department – PSEB 133
EMS Admissions
909 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217