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Courses & Requirements

Emergency Medical Technician ("EMT") Course & Requirements

The EM 101 course (6-credits) provides students with theory, demonstration, and laboratory experience in the following areas of the National Standard Training Curriculum for the Basic EMT-B: anatomy and physiology of body systems, patient assessment, CPR (mandatory), oxygen therapy, ventilation, control of bleeding, management of shock, care of wounds and fractures, medical emergencies, pediatrics, geriatrics, childbirth, environmental emergencies, communications, psychological emergencies, triage, stabilization, and transportation.

A grade of C+ (77%) is required to pass the EMT course. Please refer to the Emergency Medical Technician Course Curriculum Sheet for course detail.

All students in the Emergency Medical Technician course are required to hold CPR certification at the Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer level. The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers and the American Red Cross’s CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer are the only CPR certifications that fulfill this requirement. Students who don't already have their CPR certification at time of enrollment will earn the required CPR certification in the first two weeks of class, so that it not a necessary pre-requisite for course registration.

Students must submit a copy of both sides of their signed CPR card to the Division of Health Sciences. Evidence of current certification is required prior to enrollment and certification must be maintained throughout the program.

Paramedicine Courses & Requirements

The Paramedicine program prepares students to become members of the health care team and function as paramedics in a variety of different settings. The philosophy and structure of this program are parallel to those of the 1998 National Standard Training Curriculum for the Paramedic. This program provides students with a working knowledge of the concepts and skills requisite to caring for patients with acute and critical illness with the respect to all body systems. Students will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms that pertain to the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups. Students practice current techniques to care for all patients with acute medical problems as well as trauma situations. The curriculum combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical experience as well as a field internship to provide students with the skills required to prepare for certification and practice.

A grade of C+ (77%) or higher is required in all Paramedicine (PM) courses, and a grade of C is required in all sciences courses. Please refer to the Paramedicine - Day Option Curriculum Sheet and the Paramedicine - Evening Option Curriculum Sheet for complete course sequence details.

Minimum eligibility requirements for admissions to this program includes:

  • 18 years of age at time of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts OEMS examination
  • Currently certified EMT in Massachusetts; current CPR certification.
  • MassBay Placement into College Writing (WR 100) or completion of Intro to Language (LN 090).
  • MassBay Placement into Introductory Algebra (MA 095) or completion of Basic Math Studies (MA 090) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Successful completion of Reading Assessment Test. Refer to the Competitive Programs Admissions Requirements.

Other Requirements Applicable to both Paramedicine and EMT programs:

Students must complete the CORI and SORI forms, to authorize a search of records for past criminal or sexual offenses known as CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Information), and submit a copy of their driver’s license in order to fulfill your clinical/practicum requirements. The CORI and SORI completion process occurs at program orientations at the beginning of Health Sciences programs and during the first or second week of each following semester. CORI and SORIs are conducted each semester for incoming and returning students (fall, spring, and summer). Depending on the contents of a student’s CORI or SORI reports, participation in an academic program or a cooperative clinical or practicum affiliation related thereto, may be denied. For more information, refer to the College’s CORI/SORI Process.

Participation in a Program Orientation
Students will receive a letter from the Division of Health Sciences regarding the date and time of their program orientation. At the program orientation, the student will learn about important policies and procedures and will register for classes.

Other Requirements Applicable to Paramedicine Only:

Health/Immunization Records
Effective for students admitted and/or enrolled May 1, 2013 or after, MassBay's Division of Health Sciences has partnered with a third party company, Certified Background,  as the vendor for all National County Records background checks.   In addition to providing background check services, Certified Background, through it's Certified Profile division, will be providing a "Student Immunization Tracker". This will allow you to submit your immunization and other health verification documents electronically, to be organized and maintained by the company.  This will replace our current process of obtaining and storing your paper immunization records within MBDOHS’ respective programs. You will have electronic access to your documents and the ability to provide access to practicum clinical agencies where you may be assigned.  For more details, please visit our Health and Background Check Requirements page.

Additional Clinical Affiliate Requirements
Some clinical facilities where students will be assigned may require additional information and/or screenings prior to clinical placement. Examples include submission of social security number; Fingerprinting; Drug-testing; CORI checks; CNA Registry Check, and additional immunizations. Students who either fail to pass, or refuse to submit to, these additional requirements/screenings will be deemed ineligible for clinical placement, which may affect their status in the program.

Detailed information on all documentation and immunization requirements discussed above can be viewed in the Health Sciences Division Student Handbook and Policy Manual.