Massachusetts Paramedic Programs
Paramedic training requires students to first successfully complete emergency medical technician (EMT) training. In order to become licensed as a paramedic, individuals must then complete a certified training program and pass the required exams. Learn about the curricula, program levels and length of programs at two Massachusetts schools. In addition, find out more school details in the table in the next section.
- Northern Essex Community College has three campuses in Massachusetts. They offer an EMT-basic certificate and an associate degree in paramedic technology.
- Quinsigamond Community College, situated west of Boston, in Worcester, offers a paramedic technician certificate and a paramedic technology associate degree.
Comparison of Schools
After looking over the program descriptions above, aspiring paramedics can get some additional school data about enrollments, tuition charges and graduation rates in the following table.
|Northern Essex Community College||Quinsigamond Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,726*||7,368*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)||$4,992 in-state, $10,776 out-of-state*||$5,538 per year in-state, $10,482 per year out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||70%*||75%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||58% for full-time students*||52% for full-time students *|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||18% (Began their studies in 2014)*||19% (Began their studies in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Northern Essex Community College
Northern Essex Community College offers 60 different degree and certificate programs. They provide first-time students, adults and working professionals with training in fields including information technology, education, management and health care.
Associate of Science in Paramedic Technology
Students can pursue a 63-credit hour associate degree at NECC. The program covers trauma and cardiovascular emergencies and health care law in addition to topics in clinical pathophysiology and pharmacology. The curriculum also includes courses in computers, math, social science and communications. Graduates may pursue further education at a 4-year college in other health science bachelor's degree programs.
Quinsigamond Community College
Located in Worcester, MA, Quinsigamond Community College offers more than 120 associate degree and certificate programs in health care, business, technology and human services and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The college's health care division offers two programs in emergency medical services that prepare candidates for paramedic certification.
EMT - Paramedic Certificate
Admission requirements to enroll in this program include a high school diploma or GED, completion of college-level math and English courses, EMT-basic or intermediate certification and one year of full-time EMT experience. Coursework covers advanced topics in pre-hospital care, including neonatal emergency procedures, pharmacology and advanced cardiac life support techniques. Students also complete clinical experiences to prepare them for paramedic certification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the NREMT.
Associate Degree in Paramedic Technology
By completing liberal arts and general education credits, students who have earned the paramedic technician certificate are prepared to earn an associate degree in paramedic technology. The associate degree program also incorporates further training in supervised lab settings and clinical experiences in local emergency rooms, which require certification in advanced life support services.