A Career in Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

COCC EMS StudentsAn associate of applied science in Paramedicine contains many courses to develop technical skills and knowledge for employment and advancement in pre-hospital employment. The program is challenging and will require participants to spend many additional hours in clinical and field settings. The program contains certification requirements at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT, and Paramedic levels. Students will need to test through the Oregon State Health Division to complete certification. All applicants wanting to test with the Oregon State Health Division at the Paramedic level must show proof they have completed an Associate Degree or higher.

Paramedics work in a variety of settings. These include fire departments, private and public ambulance services, hospitals (emergency departments), emergency communication systems, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue, recreation industry, forest service/smokejumpers, and some rural clinical environments.  Paramedics provide many services to their community, often working in teams where communication and technical skills are expected. Starting salaries range from $2,500 to $3,500. per month.

Employment Opportunities: Can be found on the Structural Fire Science page.


The Central Oregon 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

COCC EMS Incline Rescue TrainingThe COCC Paramedicine program is geared for both the EMT with a current Oregon EMT certification as well as people interested in starting coursework toward a career in EMS. Space is limited for each cohort of admitted paramedic students.  Admission to paramedic specific courses is completed through a selective admissions process, which opens at the start of each spring term, with final selection to occur at the completion of the spring term. For specific admission requirements and selection process, please contact the COCC Admissions and Records Office. Note: Some students may be required to complete preparatory work before taking advanced courses and certain pre-requisites must be completed prior to applying to the paramedic portion of the program.

COCC works very closely with a Public Safety Advisory Board which represents area EMS and fire departments, hospitals, and clinical sites.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to have a background in upper level high school or entry level college math and chemistry. Good written and verbal communication skills are necessary for an EMS career. The ability to work with technical information, maintain confidentiality, and endure high stress environments are desirable qualities. If interested in applying to the Paramedicine program, contact Enrollment Services at (541) 383-7500.

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Nick Sphatt
Program Director
Phone: 541-383-7751

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