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The Union County College's Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program is designed for working EMT's that wish to further their education and practical intervention skills. It is important to understand that you must be an Emergency Medical Technician with at least one year of practical experience prior to acceptance in this program. Prospective students should have an interest in pathophysiology of disease, mathematic competence and be able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment.
A Paramedic must be a confident leader who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position. They must have excellent judgment and be able to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient. In addition, paramedics must be self-disciplined, able to establish rapport, utilize effective communication skills with patients from diverse backgrounds and different age groups, and function independently at an optimum level in a non-structured environment.
The program meets or exceeds the National Standard Curriculum set forth by the US Department of Transportation and adheres to New Jersey State Paramedic Regulations NJAC 8:41 and 8:41A. The program is approved and sanctioned by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Emergency Medical Services www.state.nj.us/health/ems/
The Paramedic Degree Program is intended for prospective students who desire an academic degree.
Prospective students must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the degree program:
  • Have a current New Jersey EMT and Heath Care Provider CPR certification
  • Have worked as an EMT for at least one year
  • Have a New Jersey Drivers License with clean record
PMD course enrollment requires successful completion of: 
  • Completion of all developmental English and math courses.
  • Acquisition of hospital sponsorship from a New Jersey Department of Health approved Mobile Intensive Care Unit Hospital.
  • Submission of 2 applications for acceptance into the Paramedic Degree Program. The first is the application to Union County College. The second application is submitted to the Paramedic Program, which is then sent directly to the clinical site to obtain hospital sponsorship. The program application, directions and timeline for submission can be obtained from the Paramedic Program coordinator or Department Secretary (908-791-4917).
  • Attendance at a mandatory orientation session after being accepted by a hospital for sponsorship. The exact date for the orientation will be provided upon offering of sponsorship by a clinical site. There is no makeup session for this mandatory session.
  • Submission at the orientation session of the following: a clear criminal background check, demonstration of vaccination status, proof of two step PPD skin test, and clean 5 panel drug screen results. The fees associated with these tests are paid by the student.
  • Payment of the sponsorship fee directly to the clinical site, upon acceptance of sponsorship.

There is a Paramedic Program Procedure Manual which has policies that may supersede those in the Union County College Student Handbook.

Upon successful completion of the paramedic program graduates will be able to:
  • Meet the minimum requirements for eligibility to sit for the paramedic National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) paramedic exam and become licensed as a paramedic, enabling the student to be eligible for licensure in New Jersey.
  • Perform competently in the roles and responsibilities outlined in the New Jersey state paramedic scope of practice. 
  • Obtain employment as an entry-level para­medic with an EMS agency in New Jersey.
  • Manage pre-hospital patient care based on appropriate emergency medicine and paramedic science. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in decision-making processes to improve the health and welfare of pre-hospital patients. 

Paramedic Application

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Paramedic Curriculum

Fall - Semester 1

PMD 110 - Paramedic I*
BIO 105 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Spring - Semester 2

PMD 111 - Paramedic II
BIO 106 - Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG 101 - English Comp I

Summer I - Semester 3

PMD 112 - Paramedic Clinical I

Summer II - Semester 4

PSY 101 - General Psychology

Fall - Semester 5

PMD 211 - Paramedic Clinical II - Field Experience
ENG 102 - English Comp II OR
ENG 122 - Introductory Technical and Business Writing OR
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication

Spring - Semester 6

PMD 212 - Paramedic Clinical III - Field Experience


* Enrollment in PMD 110 requires successful completion of all developmental English and math coursework. In addition, students must have sponsorship from a clinical hospital site.
**All of the general education courses listed must be completed to receive AAS degree Paramedic Courses are sequential and are to be taken in the order listed


Career Options

Graduates of the program are eligible to test for NJ and National Paramedic licensure, which allows them to apply for employment as a Paramedic. Graduates may also transfer to a 4-year institution for continuation of a bachelor’s degree.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Applied Science Degree

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