Maryland Schools with Paramedic Studies
Both emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic training programs are available at a few community colleges in Maryland. These programs can result in a certificate or associate's degree. In some cases, the paramedic training is the same or similar in both certificate and associate's degree programs; however, 2-year degree programs do require the completion of general education courses.
Two Maryland community colleges and their paramedic programs are highlighted here. Read details about levels of study and course topics typically explored in these programs. Find helpful information about each college in the table below.
- Prince George's Community College is situated about 35 miles south of downtown Baltimore. Paramedic students can earn either a certificate or associate's degree.
- The Community College of Baltimore County's emergency medical technology programs contain paramedic classes and are offered at both the certificate and 2-year degree levels. The college is located less than ten miles west of downtown Baltimore.
Comparison of Schools
Before choosing a paramedic degree or non-degree program, it is beneficial to examine all factors about the schools offering these studies. Read below for statistical information regarding each college's tuition, graduation rates, population and more.
|Prince George's Community College||The Community College of Baltimore County|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||12,113||19,349|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$3,770 (in-district)
| $4,022 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)*||75%||74%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A (open admissions policy)||N/A (open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||56% (full-time students)||48% (full-time students)|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began in 2014)*||9%||12%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Prince George's Community College
In addition to its main campus in Largo, Maryland, Prince George's Community College has three other locations in Maryland. The college divides its programs of study into credit and continuing education programs. The paramedic programs are credit programs.
The bulk of the 45-credit EMT-Paramedic program includes core courses in paramedic practices. The paramedic classes explore advanced life support for a range of populations and locations. Throughout the program, students strengthen their cardiovascular, respiratory and patient assessment skills. In preparation for the EMT-Paramedic certification exam, students are tested on basic and advanced emergency medical functions, through computer simulations and field exercises.
Paramedic Associate of Applied Science
Students earning an associate's degree in EMT-Paramedic must complete a total of 61 credit hours, including general education classes. The program incorporates clinical, classroom and laboratory sessions, which follow the recommended guidelines set by the Department of Transportation and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Paramedic classes include supervised training and practice with patients, treating them for various injuries and diseases. Students gain paramedic experience by working in local emergency rooms and fire departments.
The Community College of Baltimore County
There are more than 100 programs of study at CCBC, including the EMT certificate program and the EMT associate's degree program. Paramedic training is part of these programs, which are housed in the School of Health Professions.
Emergency Medical Technology Certificate
Basic, intermediate and paramedic classes are included in this 49-credit hour program. All levels of EMT training are covered in detail, along with biology, human anatomy, English and math. Students learn about the role of the paramedic in health care and also how to prevent their own illnesses and injuries. The advanced paramedic classes examine the management of pre-hospital care and how to assess when a patient needs emergency or non-emergency care.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology
Students receive in-depth training on how to handle common emergency medical calls, such as trauma and burns, in this 61-credit program. Under supervision, undergraduate students practice advanced life support in operating rooms and pediatric departments. Required classes include paramedic foundations, paramedic pharmacology and paramedic clinical practice.