Emergency Medical Science Technology

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The Emergency Medical Science Technology program at MCC offers entry level students the opportunity to achieve their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)–Basic certification. This level of care focuses on teaching the student how to respond in an emergency and provide emergency care along with basic life support. More advanced training is offered at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic certification.

Meridian Community College houses the state’s first Emergency Medical Science Academy. This division is responsible for the delivery of all Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic courses, clinical experiences, and EMS testing at MCC. The Emergency Medical Science Academy is a comprehensive learning environment designed specifically for EMS students of all levels.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each EMS course to progress in the program. All coursework must be passed.  

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 251 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section and a 251 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Section;
  • Complete 15 semester hours of program general education coursework with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework and EMT Basic course credits do not meet this requirement; and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework.

All applicants must meet with the program coordinator for approval prior to enrolling in the program.

A maximum of 20 students will be admitted.

Mississippi Law requires health care professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student disclose a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of no contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity. All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to the clinical practicum. These fees will be attached as registration fees. For additional information, please contact the EMS advisor. 

If a student currently enrolled in Emergency Technician and Emergency Medical Science Technician-Paramedic Program is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the College’s “Student Behavior Code”, etc.), then the student will be dismissed from the program of study.  The student is not eligible for program readmission unless the clinical restriction is removed.

In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliates feel are not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

Any drug conviction, bodily harm, neglect or abuse, or felony DUI conviction within a year of the starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting. Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the “Review Standards Committee” with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.

Students are required to receive the Hepatitis-B vaccination (or present physician’s statement stating that this vaccination is not advisable). Students are also required to obtain a CPR Healthcare Provider (two year) certification and proof of immunization for MMR and varicella. A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test and drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All these conditions must be met prior to the start of clinical training.

Students in the EMS-Paramedic Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1118 Emergency Medical Technician 8
  Semester Hours


Total Semester Hours


Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513/2511  Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
EMS 1118 EMT Basic 8
  Semester Hours 12
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1133 Foundations of Paramedicine 3
EMS 2912 Concepts of EMS Operations 2
EMS 1213 Concepts of Airway and Respiratory Medicine 3
EMS 1514 EMS Practicum I 4
EMS  1325 Concepts of Cardiovascular Medicine 5
  Semester Hours 17
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS  2715 Concepts of Traumatic Medicine 5
EMS 1525 EMS Practicum II 5
EMS 2314 Medical Emergencies of the Secondary Assessment 4
BIO 2523/BIO 2521 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
  Semester Hours 18
Course Number Course Description Hours
EMS 1913 Concepts of Reproductive Medicine 3
EMS 1713 Concepts of Neurological Medicine 3
EMS 2934 Paramedic Capstone 4
EMS 2566 EMS Practicum III 6
  Semester Hours 16
Total Semester Hours 63

Graduates of the EMS-P Certificate Program can also receive the AAS degree by completing the following academic courses:

Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Fine Arts/Humanities Elective 3
  College Mathematics/Science (A&P I & II fulfills this requirement. 3
  Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 81
*Prerequisite required for this course.
*BIO 2523/2521 (Not a program prerequisite but may be completed concurrently during program enrollment) Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab.

  Passed Registry % Successful % Employed
Graduating class of 2020 5 71 100
Graduating class of 2021 5 71 100
Graduating class of 2022 9 60 100
Three year average passing: 67%


The Meridian Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs of the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs727-210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP: 

  • MCC’s Emergency Medical Technician is a certificate program that meets the education requirements for an Emergency Medical Technician in MS and qualifies graduates for testing and recognition by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Determinations about whether the Emergency Medical Technician program at MCC meets the state education requirements for US States, Territories, and the District of Columbia can be found at Professional Licensure & State Authorization Program Determination Disclosure. Outbound Link


  • MCC’s EMS-Paramedic program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Paramedic Certification in MS and qualifies graduates to take the National Paramedic Certification testing and recognition by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The EMS-Paramedic program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the certificate or degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.


  • Field EMS Personnel
  • Offshore Safety Personnel
  • Fire/EMS
  • Industrial Medic
  • Emergency Room Staff
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Responder
  • Cardiology
  • Trauma
  • Patient Assessment
  • Maternal/Child Emergencies
  • EMT: $30,000 - $35,000
  • Paramedic: $45,000 - $55,000


 For more informationFor more information:
Chris Lafferty, coordinator
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Deborah Nettles, advisor