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Emergency Medical Services, Career Pathway certificate

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  • Are you interested in working in an emergency medical setting?
  • Are you ready to work in a hands-on profession that allows you to help others?
  • Do you want a career path with advancement opportunities?

The Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway certificate prepares you to build on your problem solving, client service, and team-building skills by developing your response in an emergency medical situation. This is a great option for those committed to helping others in a crisis.

Individualized coaching

As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Emergency Medical ServicesLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

Learn more about Emergency Medical Services and all 5 awards available »



Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

EMS 100Introduction to Emergency Medical Services2
EMS 105EMT Part I6
EMS 106EMT Part II6
EMS 114Emergency Response Patient Transportation1
EMS 116Emergency Medical Services Rescue3
WR 121College Composition (or any course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite)4
Total Credits22


The average wage is $40,000 to $45,000 per year, with entry-level positions of $13 to $15 per hour.

Finish your degree

The Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

  • Who: High school graduates (and high school equivalency). Placement into WR 121 or completion of WR 115 with a grade of C or better. Placement into MTH 60, or completion of MTH 20 with a grade of C or better. Placement into RD 115, or completion of RD 90 with a grade of C or better. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for other options.
  • Where: PCC Cascade Campus
  • When: Four terms

Program cost

Use the cost calculator to see the estimated costs. For more detailed cost sheet contact program department at 971-722-5570.

Next steps

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