Paramedics are emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who have completed the highest level of training. Students in Maine may choose to complete an educational program leading to a certificate or an associate's degree. The curriculum within a school is usually very similar, although associate's degrees include general education requirements. All paramedic programs include practicum requirements such as an internship or clinical rotations.
Some paramedic programs have entry-level curriculum - they provide EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic coursework and licensure preparation. Other programs may only be available to students who already possess EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate licensure. Particular admission requirements are explained below.
Eastern Maine Community College
Located in Bangor, this community college provides both an entry-level associate's degree program and certificate program in emergency medical services. The associate degree's 65-credit program has both basic and intermediate EMT coursework. While the certificate offers a less-intenstive 25.5 credit course requirements. Students also learn about paramedic emergencies through seminars and didactic courses. They must also complete 3 internships and preceptorships.
Kennebec Valley Community College
Fairfield students may earn an intermediate or advanced emergency care certificate or associate's degree at this school. Both programs require applicants to have EMT-Intermediate licensure. The intermediate emergency care program teaches the fundamentals of EMS and treatment of cardiac and respiratory emergencies. However the advanced 28-credit certificate program has a stronger focus paramedic courses and internships. The associate's degree program shares the same curriculum as the certificate program, but students also must earn 29 credits of general education courses.
Northern Maine Community College
This Presque Isle college has a variety of paramedic and EMS programs. The entry-level associate's degree program in emergency medical services provides basic, intermediate and paramedic EMT courses. The paramedicine certificate program requires applicants to have EMT-Intermediate licensure. The program covers topics like pharmacology, emergency care and medical emergencies. Students in both programs complete clinical rotations.
The college also offers community paramedicine programs for those who already have paramedic licenses. The 60-credit associate's degree program provides general education and health courses. The 22-credit certificate program is only available to paramedics who have already have associate's degrees.
Southern Maine Community College
This college in South Portland offers an Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine program. Students complete courses in cardiology and trauma management, and 700 hours of clinical experiences are also required. Applicants to the program need to have an EMT-Basic license and prior work experience.
All paramedics must be licensed for work. In order to be licensed in the state of Maine, students need to pass an approved paramedic program, exams and background checks. Maine requires aspiring paramedics to pass National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exams. Typically, paramedic programs take 2 years to complete, and all students complete practical and clinical training.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Eastern Maine Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Emergency Medical Services,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
| $3,810 (in-state)*
|Kennebec Valley Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Intermediate Emergency Care,
Advanced Emergency Care Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Emergency Care
| $3,385 (in-state)*
|Northern Maine Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Community Paramedicine Certificate,
Community Paramedicine Advanced Certificate,
Associates in Science in Community Paramedicine,
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
| $3,376 (in-state)*
|Southern Maine Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine|| $3,694 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.