Several 2-year colleges in Maryland offer EMT training through associate degree as well as certificate programs. One university also offers a relevant bachelor's degree program. EMT training is offered at basic, intermediate and paramedic levels. Applicants may need to pass a drug screening and background check to be admitted. Applicants to a paramedic program must typically be existing EMT basic or intermediate personnel.
Carroll Community College
Westminster-based Carroll Community College offers three awards relating to the field of emergency medical services (EMS): an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), EMS-Paramedic; and an EMT-Paramedic certificate. The EMT-Paramedic program is available through a consortium with Howard Community College; the award is issued by Howard Community College though a portion of the curriculum may be completed at Carroll Community College. The EMS-Paramedic degree program also requires that students have a standing affiliation with a fire station. This program is comprised of 64-68 credit hours of coursework and prepares students to take the NREMT examination at the paramedic level. Both programs require that applicants be currently certified as EMT-Basic professionals.
Located in Wye Mills, Chesapeake College offers a choice of three EMT training programs: an EMS certificate, a nationally registered paramedic certificate, and an A.A.S., EMS degree. The EMS certificate program is an 18-month program designed to train EMT-Basic professionals to become entry-level paramedics. Once admitted to the program, students will complete 25 credit hours of coursework to earn the certificate; the credits earned are also applicable towards the degree program. The paramedic certificate program mandates the completion of 28 credit hours of classes and is only open to EMTs certified at the intermediate level. The degree program is open to EMT-Basic personnel and is a 62-credit hour program. Applications to all three programs must be received by March 31 to be considered for fall entrance. All three programs are offered in cooperation with the Shore Health System.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata offers an EMS-Paramedic certificate and an A.A.S., EMS degree. The paramedic certificate program mandates the completion of 38 credit hours of coursework and may be completed in three semesters and is open to EMT-Basic personnel; the degree program only accepts students holding paramedic certification. In order to earn the A.A.S., a student must complete 60 credit hours of coursework. Both programs require background checks, negative drug screenings, and immunization records.
Community College of Baltimore County
Based in Baltimore, this school offers an EMT-Basic course, an EMT-Paramedic certificate, and an A.A.S., EMT-Paramedic degree. The EMT-Basic course is a six-credit hour class that is open to students over the age of 18 who hold high school diplomas or the equivalent. Almost all of the core classes required by the paramedic certificate and degree programs are identical; students pursuing a degree must also meet minimum general education and elective requirements. The paramedic programs require the completion of 53 credit hours of classes to earn a certificate and 69 credit hours to earn the A.A.S. Both paramedic programs include the EMT-Basic course.
Hagerstown Community College
Based out of Hagerstown, this community college offers four awards within the field of EMS. The pre-hospital basic life support letter of recognition program prepares students to take certification exams at the EMT-Basic level. The program consists of three courses worth a total of 11 credit hours and requires the successful passage of a background check and a drug screening to be admitted. Currently certified basic-level EMTs may enroll in the paramedic emergency services certificate program (38 credit hours). The paramedic emergency services EMT-Intermediate to EMT-Paramedic bridge certificate program is a 24-credit hour program designed to train those who hold EMT-Intermediate certification to become paramedics. Finally, the college offers an A.A.S., Paramedic Emergency Services degree program to currently certified EMTs. The 67-credit hour program includes 29 credit hours of general education courses and the paramedic certificate course sequence (38 credit hours).
Howard Community College
Howard Community College in Columbia offers a certificate and an EMT-Paramedic degree program. The basic course is a seven-credit hour class that is open to students over the age of 18 that are able to pass a background exam. All of the coursework required by the 53-credit hour paramedic certificate program is also included in the scheduled curriculum for the A.A.S. program. Both programs are available to individuals holding EMT-Basic certification.
Prince George's Community College
Prince George's Community College in Largo offers a number of programs to students seeking EMT and/or paramedic training. The EMT-Basic program consists of two parts and encompasses 183 hours of didactic, lab-based, and clinical training. Those with EMT-Basic certification who have at least one year's experience may apply to the EMT-Intermediate certificate program. Certification (or certification eligibility) at the intermediate level is required of applicants to the paramedic program. Individuals accepted to the paramedic program may choose to complete five classes to earn a certificate as an EMT-Paramedic or five paramedic classes in addition to general education courses to earn an A.A.S. degree. Individuals may register as a petitioner to the paramedic program prior to beginning core classes.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
The University of Maryland campus located in Baltimore, offers a Bachelor of Science, Emergency Health Services degree that allows students to choose from a management track and a paramedic track. The paramedic track of the degree program requires the completion of 119-129 credit hours of courses and is only open to currently certified EMTs. Additional admission requirements include experience in the field (minimum of 100 patient contacts), a background check, immunization records, and four recommendations. Applications to the program must be received no later than March 31 in order to begin paramedic core classes the following fall. All lower-division course requirements must be completed with a grade 'C' or higher in order to begin upper-level coursework. The university also offers a certificate and a degree program in emergency management.
Wor-Wic Community College
Three program options are offered by Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. The 18-credit hour EMT-Intermediate certificate of proficiency program requires that students submit personal information for a background check, provide a completed agency recommendation form, and submit applications by 4:00pm on the first Friday in May to start classes in the summer. The paramedic certificate of proficiency program is open to currently certified EMT-Intermediate professionals and requires the completion of 12 credit hours. Finally, the A.A.S., EMT-Paramedic program is open to those holding EMT-Intermediate certification and takes two years to complete 27-29 credit hours of coursework.
The State of Maryland requires that all applicants for licensure as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics complete an approved training course prior to submitting applications to the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Following completion of an EMT program, an applicant must pass a written exam (with a score of 70 percent or better) and a practical exam administered by the MIEMSS. Paramedic candidates must take the MIEMSS written exam, be certified by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), and have at least one year experience working as an EMT. The abovementioned programs earn a student eligibility to take the state-administered certification exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Carroll Community College||Public, two-year; rural fringe|| EMT-Paramedic certificate (awarded by Howard Community College),
| $4,128 in-district
|Chesapeake College||Public, two-year; rural distant|| EMS certificate,
Nationally registered paramedic certificate,
| $3,818 in-district
|College of Southern Maryland||Public, two-year; rural fringe|| EMS-Paramedic certificate,
| $3,825 in-district
|Community College of Baltimore County||Public, two-year; large suburb|| EMT-Basic course,
| $4,276 in-district
|Hagerstown Community College||Public, two-year; mid-sized suburb|| Pre-hospital basic life support letter of recognition,
Paramedic emergency services certificate,
Paramedic emergency services, EMT-I to EMT-P certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic Emergency Services
| $4,260 in-district
|Howard Community College||Public, two-year; small city|| EMT-Paramedic certificate,
| $3,936 in-district
|Prince George's Community College||Public, two-year; large suburb|| EMT program,
| $3,770 in-district
|University of Maryland - Baltimore County||Public, four-year; large suburb||B.S., Emergency Health Services-Paramedic track|| $11,778 in-state
|Wor-Wic Community College||Public, two-year; rural fringe|| EMT-Intermediate certificate of proficiency,
EMT-Paramedic certificate of proficiency,
| $3,240 in-district
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.