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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

Percentage of enrolled students completing the Paramedic Technical Certificate

  • Class of 2013 = 84 percent
  • Class of 2014 = 92 percent
  • Class of 2015 = 76 percent

Average program completion rate 84 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 2013 = 100 percent
  • Class of 2014 = 95 percent
  • Class of 2015 = 86 percent

Southwest average for NREMT certification examination pass rate, 94 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 2013, 2014, and 2015 have been offered employment within four (4) months of becoming licensed as Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced, and Paramedic.