Emergency Medical Responders

Learn how to save a life! Pre-hospital Emergency Care is an exciting health care career in which you can serve your community. Southwest's Allied Health Sciences department offers Emergency Medical Services related programs of study that include Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced, and Paramedic. These 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. Graduates enjoy fulfilling careers with local fire departments and ambulance services.

Our Fire Science degree provides training to meet the critical needs of the fire departments in Shelby County and the surrounding area. The Fire Science program integrates general education and strong career preparation to develop well-rounded fire science professionals. Graduates enjoy fulfilling careers with local fire departments.

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 Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.

Additional Information

  • The programs of study require an Application for Special Admission.
  • Southwest College Policy Number 2:03:00:00/7: Admission to Allied Health and Nursing Programs (PDF) [Size: 35 KB], requires Adobe Reader (opens new window)
  • 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

Three year average 2013–2016 = 71% completion rate.
(This includes students who did not complete the program due to non-academic reasons.)

National Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

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

Cognitive three year average 2013–2016 = 91.2%

Psychomotor three year average 2013-2016 = 100%

Employment Rate of Graduates

Three year average 2013–2016 positive job placement within 4 months of program completion = 88%.

*Source: 2016 Report of Current Status for an Education Program in Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic at Southwest Tennessee Community College CoA Program Reference:600014