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Emergency Medical Technology - Advanced Placement - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Advanced Placement

An advanced-placement option is available for students currently holding a National Registry Paramedic certification who have a desire to obtain an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology degree. Through an assessment of professional certifications and previous professional experience, you may be eligible to exempt a maximum of 52 credit hours toward the A.A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Technology. HGTC reserves the right to require students to demonstrate competency through satisfactory completion of coursework, certification, challenge or exemption exams, or experiential learning. Each student's certification and experience will be reviewed on an individual basis.

EMTs are typically members of fire departments or ambulance services. Private services often do non-emergency work, such as taking elderly or chronically ill patients to doctors' appointments, dialysis, etc. Some private services have contracts with municipalities or other local governments to run their 911 response, as well. Many towns have their own ambulance; sometimes the fire department and EMS are one and the same. Other EMT services are owned and operated by the county, as opposed to a town or a private service.

  • Florence County EMS
  • Georgetown County Fire/Rescue
  • Horry County Fire Rescue
  • Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire/Rescue
  • Myrtle Beach Fire/Rescue
  • North Myrtle Beach Fire
  • Charleston County EMS
  • Marion County EMS

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For more information contact:
Jo Beck - (843) 477-2178

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program

The student must:

  • Meet admission requirements for the EMT degree program, including admission fee, etc.
  • Successfully complete all general education requirements for Emergency Medical Technology. The general education courses are as follows: BIO 112 or BIO 211, ENG 155, MAT 155, PSY 201, SOC 101, and Humanities (choose from ART 101, HIS 101, HIS 201, MUS 105 or PHI 110).
  • Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Program or transferring to a senior institution, should select ENG 101 and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155; BIO 210 and 211 in place of BIO 112; and MAT 110 in place of MAT 155. 
  • Complete general education coursework at HGTC.
  • Achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all general education courses;
  • Have no more than two (2) attempts on any general education course;
  • Hold current credentials as a Paramedic, as described above;
  • Repeat a major course no more than once; and,
  • Earn no less than 71 credit hours through course enrollment and completion or exemption of degree requirement coursework; 25% of required coursework must be completed at HGTC (19 hours).

The Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Technology degree requires a total of 71 credit hours.


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