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Emergency Medical Services (EMSP) is a dynamic field in the health care delivery system and part of an innovative effort to improve the quality of emergency health care services throughout the nation. As a result of this effort, new career fields have been created and many new opportunities exist for those involved in the administration and operation of EMS systems. EMS activities are relevant to ambulance providers, fire rescue services, hospitals, industrial health services, and military and volunteer organizations.
Legal residents of Maryland can enroll in this program at the in-county tuition rate (subject to change); however, this program does not entitle out-of-county students to in-county admissions benefits.

Steps to Apply to the EMS Program

  • Complete general admissions procedures, including an HCC application for admission.
  • Take placement tests, if necessary: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another institution OR have standardized test scores, such as SAT math and verbal scores above 550.
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended: Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242).
  • Complete specific prerequisites before enrolling in EMSP courses:
    1. Must be at least 18 years old before enrolling in EMSP-160.
    2. Must show proof of current EMT-B certification, MD or National Registry.
    3. Must place into ENGL-096 (out of ENGL-093) and MATH-061 (out of MATH-060), or higher.
    4. Must complete specific prerequisite coursework before enrolling in EMSP and other supporting classes. Please refer to the EMS brochure for detailed information on the specific courses that must be completed before enrolling in EMSP classes.

EMT-B Training

EMT Basic Training (EMSP-106 & EMSP-107) provides basic emergency medical care training to personnel who care for the sick or injured with an ambulance service.  The training focuses on control of the emergency scene, patient assessment, and management of patients in the fields or in an ambulance. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the state certification exam administered by MIEMSS and for national certification through the National Registry of EMTs. A person is not considered an EMT-B, however, unless affiliated with an organization with a medical director.

Some examples of places with medical directors are: hospitals, private ambulance companies, volunteer fire units, fire and rescue organizations and clinics. Passing the exam alone does not "certify" an individual as an EMT-B; it gives students the right to affiliate with an organization and work as an EMT-B.  Some community colleges do offer the EMT-B course. In addition, local fire departments, such as Howard County Fire and Rescue (HCFR), offer training.

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EMS Links

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Written Arrangements

ProgramAgencyAddressPortion of Program at Another InstitutionMethod of Delivery at Other InstitutionOne-Way MileageCost @0.555 per mile
EMSLifestar Response3710 Commerce Drive, Suite 1006 Baltimore, MD 2122720%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting18.83$10.45
EMSBaltimore City Fire Department401 East Fayette Street
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting22.28$12.37
EMSCentennial Medical Group

Chartwell Professional Center 
8186 Lark Brown Rd. Suites 201 & 202 Elkridge, MD 21075

20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting6.83$3.79
EMSHoward County Fire & Rescue6751 Columbia Gateway Dr.
Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21046
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting6.75$3.75
EMSHoward County General Hospital5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21201-1596
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting1.36$0.75
EMSJohns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting25.51$14.16
EMSMercy Medical Center301 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting22.4$12.43
EMSNorthwest Hospital Center5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting18.03$10.01
EMSOakcrest Village

8800 Walther Blvd.
Parkville, MD 21234


20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting 33.63$18.67
EMSQueen Anne's County
Department of Emergency Services
100 Communications Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting61.12$33.92
EMSPulse Medical Transport12 Music Fair Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting23.47$13.03
EMSR. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/UMMS22 S. Greene Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201-1595
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting21.27$11.80
EMSRiderwood Village3160 Gracefield Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting14.01$7.78
EMSSinai Hospital of Baltimore2401 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD21201-1598
20%Observation/participation in assigned clinical setting20.73$11.51


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Office of Admissions and Advising
Howard Community College — RCF-242
Phone: 443-518-4230
Fax: 443-518-4589

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