Paramedic Certificate Program

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Program Description

Registration for 2020-2021 course application, deadline May 25, 2020.

The Paramedic Certificate Course provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system, and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, convalescent ambulance services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Johnston Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX  75088
(214) 703-8445,  (214) 703-8992

Program Information

The EMT-Paramedic is the highest level of training in the pre-hospital setting. Students are trained in the use of complex medical equipment, such as EKGs, and are capable of administering medication, both orally and intravenously. Students receive certifications in numerous additional practices such as ACLS, PALS, AMLS, and PHTLS. Students learn the necessary skills needed in today's ever evolving medical field to recognize, treat, and reverse life threatening conditions.

The paramedic course is a year-long course divided into two divisions. Each division includes didactic, lab and clinical hours.  Students attend a shift-friendly schedule meaning classes meet once a week, either Monday or Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Course includes occasional weekend classes and weekly mandatory classes per course schedule.

Course Code: EMS-4400-01P (Monday Course) or EMS-4400-02P (Thursday Course)
Course Location: 245 College Road, Smithfield - Public Safety Service Building J1360
Course Start Date: 
Monday Course - 6/01/2020  
Thursday Course - 6/04/2020
Course Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Credentialed as NC EMT or recently passed a NC EMT course
  • Current AHA Healthcare Provider BLS card
  • Successful completion on assessment of reading comprehension, English language skills, and compliance with the mathematical skills all on the post-secondary level.
  • Measures to be exempt from assessment exam include:
    • College Graduate: Graduated from a 2-year of 4-year accredited college, OR
    • Reading 090 and Eng 090, have tested out of or completed these courses with at least C average or completed ENG 111 with at least C average.
    • DMA 010-080; have tested out of or completed the course with at least C average, OR
    • Placement tests can be waived if a student scores above the following:
      • SAT - 500 (Writing), 500 (Reading), 500 (Math)
      • ACT - 18 (English), 22 (Reading), 22 (Math)
      • A High School GPA of 2.8 or higher

Completion of EMS 3000; Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent course.  EMS 3000 will be offered in Fall 2020.

How to Apply for the Program:
Complete a Paramedic Certificate Program application packet. To get an application, please contact: 

Jeremy Beal, CE Program Coordinator
Johnston Community College
EMS Education Programs
Office:  919-464-2353

Applications can be picked up at:

Johnston Community College
EMS Programs
Public Safety Services Building (Building J)
245 College Road
Smithfield, NC 27577

Applications are accepted at any time, but are assigned to each course depending on space. Registration for 2020-2021 course application, deadline May 15, 2020.

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