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Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic - Certificate

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The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Paramedic Certificate is designed for students currently working in the fire/rescue field who are certified as either South Carolina EMT or National Registry EMT. This certificate can be completed in three semesters with a total of 40 credit hours. Upon completion of this certificate program, students will be eligible to take the Paramedic National Registry Exam. 

The Horry-Georgetown Technical College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775, 727-210-2350;  www.caahep.org. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, Fax (214) 703-8992; www.coaemsp.org

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here. 

For more information contact:
Scott Cyganiewicz  - (843) 477-2092

Career Outlook

While EMT - Basic training provides the most important elements of emergency medical training, the more advanced Paramedic training enables EMTs to provide the same level of care in the field during the first 20 minutes of a resuscitation as the patient would receive in the emergency room. This is a young field that is evolving and there is great opportunity for well-trained EMT - Paramedics.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • 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

Program Disclosure Statement

Applicants to the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted into the Emergency Medical Technology program on a first qualified, first accepted basis.

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program 
  • Complete and pass the General Hospital Orientation.
  • The applicant must have the following to enter the EMT - Paramedic program: Certificate Program: SC EMT or National Registry EMT and BIO 112 or BIO 211.
  • Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Program or transferring to a senior institution, should select BIO 210 and 211 in place of BIO 112.
  • Other expenses may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, and gas and transportation to clinical sites.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all general education, support and EMS courses. Failure of one required course will result in the student being dropped from the program with eligibility for readmission. A student who has a second failure in any one of the required courses, or failure in any two of the required courses will not be eligible for readmission to the EMT program. Failure is defined as receiving a grade below “C” in any course. Students may apply for readmission to EMT program after a 2-year time period from the date of the 2nd course failure.


Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Summer    
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4
EMS 115 International Trauma Life Support 1
EMS 119 Emergency Medical Service Operations 2
EMS 150 Introduction to Advanced Care  5
EMS 223 Paramedic Clinical I 2
  TOTAL 14
Second Semester - Fall     
EMS 116  Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMS 224 Paramedic Clinical II 2
EMS 230 Advanced Emergency Medical Care I 5
EMS 238 Paramedic Ambulance Field Experience I 3
  TOTAL 11
Third Semester - Spring    
EMS 117 Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1
EMS 118  Advanced Medical Life Support 1
EMS 240 Advanced Emergency Care II 5
EMS 241 Paramedic Clinical III 2
EMS 248 Paramedic Ambulance Field Experience II 2
EMS 272 Paramedic Capstone  4
  TOTAL 15

Total Credit Hours