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Associate in Applied Science Degree - PMED.AAS.C29

The Paramedic program prepares individuals to provide advanced life support in and out of hospital settings to critically ill and injured persons. To prepare individuals to function in the paramedic role, a combination of educational methods are used in this program, including theory, instruction, demonstration and practice of life-saving skills for simulated and real emergency situations. Instruction is provided by physicians specializing in emergency medicine, registered nurses with advanced education in trauma management and paramedics approved by the emergency medical services director. The associate degree curriculum offers the student the opportunity to learn fundamental principles necessary for supervisory roles. This degree typically is not designed for transfer.

Before enrollment, each student must choose to be associated with either Presence St. Mary’s Hospital or Riverside Medical Center during training. The hospital choice does not guarantee acceptance to the program associated with that location.

For program entry requirements, consult a KCC advisor, see Information on Health Career Programs and save and/or print this fillable student check sheet.

Program director: Shelia Bernard, email, phone 815-802-8836

Paramedic Major (3 courses)
Credit hours: 45

  • PMED 2115 - Paramedic I*
  • PMED 2215 - Paramedic II*
  • PMED 2315 - Paramedic III*

General Education (5 courses)
Credit hours: 17

Complete all four sub-requirements:

  1. Biology
    • BIOL 1564 - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology*
  2. Communications. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
    • ENGL 1613 - English I*
    CHOOSE ONE course from the following:
    • ENGL 1413 - Fundamentals of Writing*
    • ENGL 1623 - English II*
    • SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech*
    • SPCH 1563 - Interpersonal Communications*
  3. Mathematics
    • MATH 1414 - Basic Algebra* or higher level mathematics course*
  4. Human and Behavioral Social Science - 3 credit hours
    CHOOSE ONE course from the following:
    • PSYC 1813 - Introduction to Psychology*
    • PHIL  2543  - Death and Dying*
    • PSYC 2573 - Adulthood and Aging*


*Course has prerequisite.

Paramedic A.A.S. — Suggested Course Sequence

BIOL 1564* 4 cr. hrs.
ENGL 1613* 3 cr. hrs.
MATH 1414* 4 cr. hrs.
Human and behavioral science course* 3 cr. hrs.
Communications course* 3 cr. hrs.

PMED 2115* 15 cr. hrs.

PMED 2215* 15 cr. hrs.

PMED 2315* 15 cr. hrs.

Additional program information

Before enrollment, the student must show successful completion of the state certification exam for EMT-B or EMT-I or current state license. Students also must have completed KCC's COMPASS test, be CPR certified at the "Health Care Provider" level and have a GED certificate or official high school transcript showing graduation on file at KCC. High school seniors should consult their high school advisor for registration requirements.

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without any disqualifying convictions and a negative drug screen.

See EMT Certificates for Emergency Medical Technician certificates.