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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  http://www.massresources.org/cori.html#whatis

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 ADVANCED (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 2015. If you are already a MA Intermediate and need the Advanced Transition Course , we have started to offer that as a 2 month class. Please visit the credit free workshop page and register. http://greenfieldcc.3dcartstores.com/EMS-Continuing-Education_c_259.html

Paramedic Certificate Program

This rigorous program is for currently certified Basic or Intermediate/Advanced 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 Paramedic 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

In 2013-2014 MA EMS  changed the education requirements and there are NO LONGER any REFRESHERS. The new system is a pilot program through NREMT which now has  National Core Competencies Requirement (NCCR),  a Local topic requirement and an Individual topic requirement . http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/oems/emt/recertification/ and http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/emergency-services/providers-guide-national-standards.pdf

For example a Basic EMT must complete 20 hours of NCCR classes, 10 hours of local and 10 hours of individual credits for a total of 40 credits  each re-certification period.

A Paramedic must complete 30 hours of NCCR classes, 15 hours of local and 15 hours of individual credits for a total of 40 credits  each re-certification period.  IN ADDITION if your initial Paramedic class was prior to 2013 you will have to take a NREMT Paramedic Transition course – this is to update all Paramedics to the new national curriculum standards. The paramedic transition course can count towards fulfilling your individual and local hours.

GCC offers EMS continuing education courses through our Office of Community Education. All levels of EMS courses are available online.  And the new NCCR required courses will be available starting in October. You can view our continuing education class offering here: View available EMS continuing education courses »

 

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