The Tulsa Community College’s EMS and Paramedic Program, located at the Northeast Campus, offers several options for students desiring careers in the Fire and/or Emergency Medical Service fields. Certificate programs for Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic, allow graduates to take examinations for certification offered by the National Registry of EMTs and licensure from the State of Oklahoma Department of Health as an EMT or Paramedic. For those seeking a degree option, TCC offers either an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire & Emergency Medical Services (for the EMT level), or an Associate in Applied Science degree as a Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic.
Degrees and Certificates in:
- Fire and Emergency Medical Services AAS
- Fire and Emergency Medical Services Certificate
- Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic Certificate
- Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic AAS
"The TCC Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review, which is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of CoAEMSP Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation."
EMT courses are offered each semester at TCC, and combine both on-line study with hands-on lab each week. EMT student are also required to complete over 50 hours of clinical experience in various emergency care settings and aboard an ambulance.
The TCC Paramedic Program starts a single cohort each Fall Semester where students can opt for either a traditional classroom focused course and lab, or a blended course of on-line study and lab sessions held either during the day, or two evenings each week. Paramedic students must complete over 500 hours of clinical over the three semesters of study, including an Internship program with an ambulance service under the direction of a trained Paramedic Preceptor during their final semester. Graduates are eligible to sit for examinations to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP).
All EMS & Paramedic Program students must complete a background investigation (please refer to information from the National Registry of EMT’s if you have any previous convictions to determine eligibility for certification as an EMT. https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/policy-criminal) and drug screening prior to full admission to the programs. Student must also be current with their vaccinations/immunizations and have a current negative test for Tuberculosis (TB). (Students with any type of criminal conviction should contact the National Registry of EMTs directly to determine if your record will prevent you from becoming certified as an EMT prior to completing the enrollment process.)
Students desiring to enroll in the Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic Program should review the “Letter to Interested Paramedic Students” to see the full list of requirements, prerequisites and application process.
EMT – None
Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic – BIOL 1314/Human Anatomy & Physiology or BIOL 2134/Human Anatomy AND BIOL 2154/Human Physiology. Must be currently certified/licensed as an EMT by the National Registry of EMTs. Students must also pass the college entrance exam for mathematics
EMS & Paramedic Program Director
Robert Painter, MS, NRP
Rm. # ET 123A
Engineering and Technology Building
Phone: (918) 595-4746
Joseph Sherrell, BS, NRP
Michael Bible, BS, RN, NRP
Charles Ramsey, BS, NRP
Ed McConville, NRP
Program Clinical Coordinator:
Shelly Tevis, M Ed