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Emergency Medical Services Admissions

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic (EMT/P) 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. 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-state students to in-county admissions benefits.

Steps to Apply

  1. Sign up to attend one of our information sessions.
  2. If not already a current HCC student, submit an HCC application for admission. Select EMT Paramedic as your learning program on the application.
  3. New to College: Take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Have Prior Credit: 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).
  5. Complete the required specific prerequisites with appropriate overall GPA. Please consult with a Nursing/Allied Health Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) to get the most current information on prerequisites and requirements. The College reserves the right to change unilaterally, without notification, any requirement, fee or program if it is deemed necessary. At this time, you must complete  before enrolling in EMT Paramedic courses:
    • Must be at least 18 years old before enrolling in EMSP-160.
    • Must show proof of current EMT certification, MD or National Registry
    • Must place into ENGL-096 (out of ENGL-093) and MATH-061, or higher
    • Must complete specific prerequisite coursework before enrolling in EMS Paramedic and other supporting classes
  6. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis for Spring beginning June 15, with an October 15th priority admission deadline. 

Learn more about the EMSP Program

Clinical Requirements

  • A drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and are not able to progress in the clinical program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are not able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.
  • Please note, as of 6/17/2021 ALL students who accept a clinical seat will be required to show proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccine prior to beginning their clinical semester.
  • As of Fall 2022, I will be required to show proof of health insurance. Howard Community College does not provide or sponsor health insurance for students. In the event that I sustain an injury while on campus or in clinical, it is my responsibility to utilize my own health insurance plan to cover the cost of treatment and/or follow up care. 

EMS Program Documents

Additional Information

  • Special Benefits - the Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant Program provides greater accessibility to specific healthcare education programs at the in-county tuition rates
  • Governor’s Emergency Education (GEER) Fund – this specialized scholarship funding is available through September 30, 2021, for students in need of financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college has determined that courses EMSP 106 and 107 – Emergency Medical Technician I and II qualify. Visit the GEER web page to learn about eligibility.
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