Paramedic Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Leader in the field: One of the longest-running Paramedic programs in the region.

Hands-on clinical practice: Within weeks you’ll be assisting on the ambulance and in the hospital.

Jobs: STLCC graduates have been hired by organizations such as Children’s Hospital, Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, SSM St. Clare Health Center, the Affton and Mehlville Fire Protection Districts, the Meramec Ambulance District, Abbott Ambulance, Gateway Ambulance, Six Flags, Christian Hospital Northeast and the St. Louis Fire Department.


Upon graduation students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Paramedic Technology and be eligible for the national board examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Accreditation: Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( since 2014.

Lecture, Lab and Practice: You will start the program in August, and by September you’ll be assisting the paramedics on the ambulance and the nurses in the hospital.

Classroom instruction includes:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Cardiology
  • ECGs
  • Pharmacology
  • Trauma
  • Patient Care

Clinical experience

  • Clinicals take place at multiple hospitals in the area (see “Additional Information” for a list of hospitals with which we’ve partnered in recent years)
  • You rotate through multiple hospitals and fire/ambulance services in order to broaden your experience
  • Under the supervision of preceptors, you perform as members of healthcare teams

Small class size: Each year 22 students who meet the application requirements are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

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The hotel and restaurant industry is the second largest industry in St. Louis.

  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic/Firefighter
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulance Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Industrial Emergency Teams

Job Resources

  • For information on the job outlook in the paramedic technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
  • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants.


  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • For more information on expenses incurred as part of Paramedic Technology, please contact the program coordinator.
  • FAFSA Apply online

Clinical Eligibility: Prior to working with patients on a clinical unit, you must:

  • Submit proof of current CPR – American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Submit a complete immunization series
  • Submit a negative TB skin test
  • Undergo a background check and drug screen*
  • Meet technical standards related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

You also may need to purchase health insurance.

The cost to fulfill these requirements is your responsibility. For a complete list of estimated costs, please meet with a member of the Paramedic Technology faculty.

* These must be administered by a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. If you fail the criminal background check and/or drug screen, you may be prohibited from participating in clinical education, which will prevent you from being able to complete all program requirements.

divider-faculty Mark Christopher, EMS Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-763-6032
Fax: 314-951-9483


Admission Process

  • All applicants for the Paramedic Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year.
  • Because of the quality of this program, the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of openings.
  • Once accepted students immediately begin the background check, drug screen, physical and immunization process.

Prior to application we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.

STLCC’s Paramedic Technology program is a selective admissions program with academic prerequisites as well as requirements regarding clinical eligibility as noted under “Estimated Expenses & Financial Aid.” Meet with an STLCC advisor or faculty member for more detail:

Applicants must complete the following requirements before applying for the Paramedic Technology program:

  • Introduction to Biology I or two semesters of high school biology with labs
  • Elementary Algebra, or Elementary Algebra & Basic Math, or score above MTH:030 (Elementary Algebra) on the assessment test
  • Introduction to College Writing or score above ENG:030 on the assessment test
  • Introduction to College Reading or score above RDG:030 on the assessment test
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of “C” or better within the last 5 years
  • 100 hours of patient care experience
  • Pass a pretest with a score of 75% or better
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Oral interview
  • Have a current Missouri EMT license

Paramedic Technology (AAS) 69 Credits

Program total 69 credits
I. Career General Education 29 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I (or)
ENG:100 Career English 3
ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Social Science requirement 3
BIO:207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO:208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO:203 General Microbiology 4
CHM:101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (or)
CHM:105 General Chemistry I 5
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 38 credits
PAR:201 Principles of Paramedic Technology I 8
PAR:202 Principles of Paramedic Technology II 8
PAR:226 Principles of Paramedic Technology III 3
PAR:227 Principles of Paramedic Technology IV 4
PAR:203 Pharmacology for Paramedics 3
PAR:211 Paramedic Laboratory I 1
PAR:212 Paramedic Laboratory II 1
PAR:221 Paramedic Clinical I 1
PAR:222 Paramedic Clinical II 2
PAR:228 Paramedic Clinical III 1
PAR:223 Paramedic Internship I 1
PAR:224 Paramedic Internship II 1
PAR:225 Paramedic Internship III 4

Paramedic Technology (CP) 40 Credits

PAR 233 EMS Foundations 1
PAR 234 EMS Pharmacology 3
PAR 235 Paramedic Skills I 2
PAR 221 Paramedic Clinical I 3
PAR 236 EMS Pathophysiology 2
PAR 237 Pulmonology 2
PAR 238 Cardiology 4
PAR 239 Trauma 3
PAR 240 EMS Operations 2
PAR 222 Paramedic Clinical II 3
PAR 242 Medical Care 4
PAR 244 Special Patients 2
PAR 245 Paramedic Skills II 2
PAR 241 EMS Seminar 3
PAR 243 Field Internship 4
Total Credit Hours 40

Paramedic Student Handbook

Related Programs

Emergency Medical Technology CS

Nursing AAS


Program Outcomes

Practical Exam

Year 1st Time Pass Rate Pass Rate
2014 92% 100%
2015 100% 100%
2016 100% 100%

NREMT Written Exam

Year 1st Time Pass Rate Pass Rate
2014 67% 83%
2015 50% 71%
2016 71% 86%

Positive Placement – (employed as a Paramedic, continuing education, or in military)

Year % of Graduates % of Those Passing
2014 80% 90%
2015 71% 100%
2016* 58% Not All Have Taken

* too early to track (6-12 months after graduation)

Program Completion – The number of students who completed the program compared to the number enrolled in the program initially

Year % Complete
2014 75%
2015 78%
2016 95%


STLCC’s Paramedic Technology Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Paramedic Technology Clinical Sites

  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital
  • Louis Children’s  Hospital
  • SSM DePaul Health Center
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Mercy Hospital – St. Louis
  • Anthony’s Medical Center
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
  • SSM Health Saint St. Louis University Hospital
  • SSM St. Joseph Health Center – St. Charles
  • Joseph West Hospital
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Metro West Fire Protection District
  • West County EMS and Fire
  • Affton Fire Protection District
  • Florissant Valley Fire Protection District
  • Pattonville Fire Protection District
  • Richmond Heights Fire Department
  • Meramec Ambulance
  • Rock Township Ambulance District
  • North Jefferson County Ambulance District

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a waiting list for the program?

Qualified students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is currently no waiting list.

When does the program begin?

STLCC starts a new class every August.

How long does it take to finish the program?

Two years (upon admission to program), including the summer.

What should I do while waiting to start the program?

Take any general education classes that are required as part of the Paramedic Technology program. See the Recommended Academic Plan (RAP sheet) under “Program Curriculum” for more information.

What do paramedics do?

Paramedics assess and treat patients to alleviate any life-threatening conditions, and provide medical care and transportation to the ill and injured.



National Registry of EMTS 





harrison center and SCEUC campus map

The Paramedic Technology program is offered at the Harrison Center and at the South County Education and University Center. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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