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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Program Overview

Emergency Medical Technician

EMS student using respiration device EMS program ambulance Inside ambulance Dummy on a park bench Dummy being put in ambulance Dummy hooked up to heart rate monitor inside ambulance, being monitored by student

This two-term (six-month) course is designed to instruct students at the level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The EMT serves as a vital member of the health care team. EMT's learn skills which can save lives and limit debilitating injuries in emergency situations. On successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to apply to sit for the Oregon State EMT certification exams.

Students are not certified until completing all requirements of the Oregon Health Division and National Registry of EMT's.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

The Advanced EMT course is designed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to meet the needs of their communities, where sufficient paramedics are not typically available. On successful completion of the 2 term course, students are eligible to apply to the Oregon Health Division to take the AEMT state certification examinations. Course work includes: recognizing symptoms of illnesses and injuries and proper procedures of emergency care at the Advanced EMT Level. Must possess a current National Certification at the EMT level and a current Oregon EMT certification to take this course.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

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

The Portland Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP):

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Paramedic Program Goal:

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

PCC Paramedic program graduate outcomes reporting:
  • 2017 Results
    • NREMT exam 1st time pass rate = 74%
    • NREMT exam pass rate within 3 attempts = 82%
    • NREMT practical exam pass rate = 100%
    • Retention rate = 92%
    • Positive placement rate = 82%