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EMS programs at GCC

Paramedic Certificate, EMT classes, & continuing education for emergency medical services personnel

About our EMS programs

Our EMS and paramedic programs offer courses and credits that prepare graduates for several levels of pre-hospital emergency medical service.

The EMT-Basic

This is an entry level course that can be taken as credit or credit-free. It’s the first step in the EMS career ladder and is a six-credit course. As with most healthcare professions, a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check is required.  Here is a link if you have questions about CORI

With successful completion students are eligible to take the  EMT-Basic certification exam and go to work on ambulance services or volunteer-based emergency services.

The EMT-Intermediate (AEMT)

This course is an option for Basic EMTs who are interested in further their EMS skills to a more advanced level. There is a classroom portion as well as a clinical and field time requirement. Most students complete these requirements within nine months and are then eligible to take the certifying exam. Currently  we are not offering this course please check back in 2014.

Paramedic Certificate Program

This rigorous program is for currently certified Basic or Intermediate EMTs who wish to complete the national curriculum for Paramedic. Our program covers all aspects of advanced life support care and prepares graduates for both the Massachusetts and National Registry Paramedica Certification. As part of the program we offer PHTLS, PEPP, PALS and ACLS certifications. Learn more »

Unique to our program is the clinical patient simulations at the SIMS Medical Academy on the STCC campus as well as at the GCC location. These simulations are a valuable learning tool to prepare students for their hospital and ambulance clinical experience.

Continuing education

GCC also offers EMS continuing education courses through our Office of Community Education. All levels of EMS refresher courses are available online. View available EMS refresher courses »


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