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Emergency Medical Responders

Learn how to save a life. Help your community, fellow neighbors and friends. Southwest's Allied Health Sciences department offers Emergency Medical Responder related programs of study. The programs will teach you how to render care for people experiencing medical emergencies, as well as how to give care to people who have been injured. Programs of study include Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic.

Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree [A.A.S.]

Technical Certificates

Program and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Class Schedule Search to see when and where a class is being offered.

Additional Information

  • The programs of study require an Application for Special Admission.
  • Additional information related to the Allied Health Degrees and Technical Certificates can be found in the online Academic Catalog.
  • Southwest College Policy Number 2:03:00:00/7: Admission to Allied Health and Nursing Programs (PDF) [Size: 35 KB], requires Adobe Reader
  • Effective July 1, 2011 (unless exempted by law) students admitted into any Allied Health or Nursing Program and expecting to have patient contact must present proof of protection against Hepatitis B before patient contact begins.

Program Outcomes

Paramedic Technical Certificate Annual Program Completion Rate

Percentage of enrolled students completing the Paramedic Technical Certificate

  • Class of 2011 = 71 percent
  • Class of 2012 = 77 percent
  • Class of 2013 = 84 percent
  • Class of 2014 = 92 percent
  • Class of 2015 = 76 percent

Five year program completion rate 80 percent. Some students did not complete the program due to academic, financial, medical, or personal reasons.

National Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Percent of students passing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination.

  • Class of 2011 = 86 percent
  • Class of 2012 = 95 percent
  • Class of 2013 = 100 percent
  • Class of 2014 = 95 percent
  • Class of 2015 = 86 percent

Southwest five year average for NREMT certification examination pass rate, 92 percent. National five year average for NREMT certification examination pass rate, 88 percent.

Employment Rate of Graduates

98 percent of graduates from the classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 have been offered employment within four (4) months of becoming licensed as Paramedics.