The Paramedic Program offers a curriculum leading to an Associates of General Technology with an Emphasis in Paramedic Science and eligibility to take the National Registry written and practical skills certification examinations. Students will have various opportunities to receive extra certifications and training in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) areas. Students will receive instruction through three components: didactic classroom instruction, clinical instruction at area hospitals and medical facilities, and internship instruction on appropriately staffed ambulances.
The primary goal of the EMS system is to serve those in need of immediate pre-hospital medical interventions or transportation. The EMS program at Aiken Technical College believes that such a system should have a foundation of knowledge, compassion and professionalism. Graduates of our program will possess both the medical skills required as well as communication and professionalism required to serve the community as an EMS practitioner. The faculty of the EMS program believes that the EMS practitioner should be thoroughly trained to function in the capacity of a team leader in critical pre-hospital situations. This program is dedicated to providing the education and clinical/internship experiences required to equip the EMS practitioner to be competent in the rapidly changing medical environments he/she will participate in.
The Emergency Medical Technician Program is dedicated to:
- Preparing the graduate to fill the role of a team leader in the delivery of quality pre-hospital health care.
- Prepare the graduate to be productive, responsible, and professional employee within the EMS systems.
- Promote ethical behaviors, social diversity, empathetic patient care and professionalism.
- Provide a learning environment which places extreme emphasis on effective education and professionalism.
Program Admission and Application
Students may enter the preclinical phase of this program upon admission to Aiken Technical College; with considerations that:
- Applicants must have completed an approved EMT Basic course and have a current, unencumbered EMT Basic license and SC Reciprocity or a provisional to be eligible for admission into the Paramedic Program.
- Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite with a grade of “C” or better: o BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (If a student takes BIO 210/211 instead of BIO 112, both classes must be taken prior to application.)
- Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) (considering all academic course work, including prerequisites, within the last 10 years). Cumulative GPA will be calculated by ATC personnel upon receipt of application in accordance with the Health Sciences Division guidelines for GPA calculation.
- Once admitted, students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check and drug test prior to clinical rotations. Depending on the result of the background check and drug test, a student may not be able to participate in clinical and will be withdrawn from the program.
- Once admitted to the program, students must submit documentation for each of the following: o A physical exam (College form to be provided) o 2-step TB skin test or chest X-ray o Hepatitis B vaccine series, titer, or declination statement o Proof of current immunizations, to include seasonal flu o Current CPR certification (available at ATC/fee required)
- Once admitted, students are required to have reliable transportation for clinical rotations located throughout the community and must be physically able to meet the clinical requirements.
- Once admitted, students must purchase liability insurance (cost will be added to tuition and fees).
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL is required to be eligible to apply to the program. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are strongly recommended.
- Paramedic Admissions Packet
- Complete the application, follow the instructions, and attach the required documentation. All information must be received in the Enrollment Services Center. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Due to the limited number of clinical spaces available, all students who meet minimum admission requirements may not be admitted.
Aiken Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The program currently holds a Letter of Review (LoR) and is seeking initial accreditation through Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).Upon graduation, students receive an Associate in Applied Science: Major in General Technology/Emphasis in Paramedic. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and are eligible for State certification. Individuals who pass the examination are known as Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP).