About our EMS programs

pmc3Our EMS and paramedic programs offer courses and credits that prepare graduates for several levels of pre-hospital emergency medical service.


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. 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.

Advanced EMT (AEMT)

We are not offering this program at this time. If you are interested in furthering your EMS career we suggest looking at the paramedic program.

Paramedic Certificate Program

This rigorous program is for currently certified Basic or 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 »

Our program incorporates clinical patient simulations at the GCC simulation lab 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 through NREMT and  now has  three categories required: National Core Competencies Requirement (NCCR), a Local topic requirement and an Individual topic requirement.

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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.

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