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COVID-19: Fall 2022 Semester Guidelines

Program Overview

The Paramedic course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the advanced emergency care of ill or injured persons. These future clinicians will be taught critical life-saving interventions and medical knowledge that are on the leading-edge of paramedicine. Paramedic candidates will be prepared to provide the highest-level emergency medical care and prepare for the NC State and/or National Registry Paramedic Exam. Once successfully credentialed, they will begin a career in the medical profession as an entry-level paramedic with EMS agencies or in medical facilities across the state or nation.

Lecture, demonstrations, near-to-real life skills evaluation, and both hospital and field internships are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training areas include compassionate patient care, assessment, peripheral access devices, advanced airway management, cardiac monitoring including defibrillation, cardioversion, cardiac pacing, and the administration of prehospital advanced life support medications.

The course also includes Endurance Training for EMS (ETEMS), which is physical training that is incorporated into the program with PT sessions at the end of each class day to better prepare the students for the physical and mental stresses of the paramedic profession.

In 2022, the Paramedic program shifted formats to better serve our students. The course will begin with the college’s summer semester in a blended/hybrid format and conclude in approximately 11 months, ending with the following spring semester. About 6 percent of the total class didactic will be in an online program to be completed outside of scheduled in-class dates. This will better serve the majority of students who are familiar with online courses and provide more in-class lab time. Students will also be expected to perform monthly minimum clinical rotations which will also occur outside of scheduled class dates.

This course is approved by and will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office EMS. The curriculum for the Paramedic educational program shall be the National EMS Educational Standards in conjunction with the 2009 or most current release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Paramedic Course: National Standard Curriculum.

The Surry Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992
Year Retention NC State Exam Pass Rate Job Placement
2019 73.9% 88.2% 94.1%
2020 63% 100% 100%
2021 62% 100% 100%


Prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Completion of an Anatomy and Physiology course
    • EMS 3163, OR
    • BIO 168 AND BIO 169, OR
    • BIO 163
  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):
    • College Level English and Math
  • Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam

In order to provide better instruction and content to our students in the most efficient format, Surry Community College Emergency Medical Program has instituted a Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam policy. SCC Emergency Medical Program will accept the top 20 scorers on the Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam through a two-part process as listed below:

  1. Candidates will first be required to complete a TABE examination and score at a college level in Reading, Language, and Math.
  2. Candidates who score at a college level in all three categories will then complete the Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam. The entrance exam will consist of factual, scenario, and critical thinking questions to assess your knowledge of EMT, Anatomy & Physiology – knowledge candidates should know by pre-requisites and are expected of an entry-level Paramedic student.

These exams will be administered at the Center for Public Safety on two different dates prior to Paramedic Course Orientation.

Applications for Surry Community College Paramedic Candidates are closed until our next course.

Workforce Certificate Courses

Paramedic Initial

EMS-4400 Paramedic

Total credits needed to graduate: 1300 Hours

Program Costs

Item Price
Tuition $360.00
Malpractice Insurance $32.00
Shirts $50.00
Pants $50.00 - $60.00
Boots $100.00
Belt $10.00 - $20.00
Clinical Costs* $150.00 - $250.00
Special Fees (ITLS) $18.00
Special Fees (Platinum Clinical Program $80.00
Required textbook $250.00 - $275.00
Recommended workbook $70.00 - $85.00
ACLS textbook $35.00
ITLS textbook $45.00
PALS textbook $35.00
Tuition for EMS courses is waived for members of NC Lifesaving organizations (ie. Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Law Enforcement). Financial assistance for tuition, fees and/or books is available through the Surry Skill-up grant.

The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandates that criminal record checks and drug screens be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class.

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