EMT and Paramedic Certification | GCTC

EMT and Paramedic Certification

Note: The Emergency Medical Services Program requires a criminal background check with the approved vendor, proof of vaccinations/titers (Hep B, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Seasonal Flu), and annual tuberculosis screening. COVID-19 vaccination is not required but recommended for all healthcare students. More information will be discussed with the Program Coordinator at the required time for completion.

Emergency Medical Technician

(6-7 total credit hours)

Pre- or Co-Requisite Courses
Courses Credits Grade Offered
CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Professions 1   Varies
Courses Credits Grade Offered
EMS 105 Emergency Medical Technician 6   Fall/Spring

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

(45 total credit hours)

Admission Requirements

Students are required to hold current unrestricted certification as an EMT in KY or with the National Registry EMT to be eligible for paramedic program admission. A background check is required and KY/National certification.

Courses Credits Grade Offered
AHS 115 Medical Terminology  3   All
BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology with lab (or BIO 137 and BIO 139) 4   All
Recommended Semester 1
Courses Credits Grade Offered
EMS 201 Principles of Paramedicine I  6   Fall
EMS 203 Practicum I (Clinical)  1   Fall
EMS 204 Principles Lab I  2   Fall
EMS 205 Principles of Paramedicine III 6   Fall
EMS 207 Principles Lab II 1   Fall
Recommended Semester 2
Courses Credits Grade Offered
EMS 202 Principles of Paramedicine II  5   Spring
EMS 206 Practicum II (Clinical) 3   Spring
EMS 2081 Principles of Paramedicine IV (Part 1)  4   Spring
EMS 209 Principles Lab III 2   Spring
Recommended Semester 3
Courses Credits Grade Offered
EMS 2082 Principles of Paramedicine IV (Part 2) 2   Summer
EMS 212 Practicum III (Field) 4   Summer
EMS 213 Principles of Paramedicine V (Exam Prep)  2   Summer


  • Background check is required. Any issues resulting from the background check may prevent required clinical assignments. If that occurs, you will not be able to complete the course successfully. 
  • Progression in the program is contingent upon achievement of a grade C or greater in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative GPA or above (on a 4.0 scale).
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.

Learn more about Gateway's General Education Offerings here.
Learn more about KCTCS General Education Offerings here.
KCTCS Catalog - Emergency Medical Technician - Certificate
KCTCS Catalog - Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic - Certificate