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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Frequently asked questions

How long is the Paramedic program?

The program is 17 months: two evenings per week plus two Saturdays per month, followed by six months of intensive clinical field and internship experiences.

What is the Paramedic program?

This rigorous program prepares Emergency Medical Technicians for Massachusetts and National Registry Certification as Paramedics.  It covers all aspects of advanced life support care and prepares its graduates to function as Paramedics in a variety of settings.

How does the Paramedic program choose students for admission?

Acceptance into the Paramedic program is very competitive.  The program accepts students on a rolling admission basis.  Requirements include:

  • Complete a written EMT entrance exam with a minimum score of 82 out of 100.  GCC and STCC graduates waive the entrance exam!
  • Placement test scores- English (test into college level English) and math score (67 or higher)
  • Certified Basic or Intermediate EMT with six months experience and a minimum of 75 patient contacts

What are the academic requirements for admission to the program?

Academic requirements include:

  • Placement test scores- English (test into college level English) and math score (67 or higher)
  • Complete a written EMT entrance exam with a minimum score of 82 out of 100.  GCC and STCC EMT graduates waive the entrance exam!

 

What are other requirements for the program?

Applicants must:

  • be currently certified as an EMT
  • have at least 75 patient contacts
  • meet the english and math placement scores or have transcripts from previous college classes
  • meet with the Director of the program
  • meet the requirements of a CORI check
  • be CPR certified (Healthcare Provider level)
  • be 18 years old to begin classes in the Paramedic program

 

What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?

Paramedics are the highest level pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers.  Paramedics are able to provide all the care offered by EMTs plus enhanced trauma and medical-emergency care.  They perform many of the lifesaving stabilization procedures that an Emergency Department provides, including advanced airway management, IV insertion, EKG interpretation, and medication administration.

Before becoming a Paramedic you must first be trained and experienced as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  EMTs provide oxygen, bleeding and wound care, auto extrication, and CPR, as well as spinal and fracture immobilization.  They also use semi-automatic defibrillators on cardiac patients and assist in emergency childbirth.

If  I take the Basic EMT course for non-credit will it count towards getting my Paramedic certificate?

Yes. In order to be eligible for the GCC Paramedic program you must be currently certified as an Basic EMT or Advanced EMT with at least 75 verified ambulance patient care experiences. It does not matter where, when or how you took a Basic EMT class, just that you are current in your certification.