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Paramedicine Program

Who are Paramedics

Paramedics provide the most advanced level of prehospital emergency patient care for critically ill and injured patients who access the emergency medical system. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. A Paramedic possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate, comprehensive advanced patient care and transportation.

Course of Study

The MassBay Paramedicine program prepares students to become members of the health care team and function as paramedics in a variety of different settings. The program provides students with knowledge, skills, and clinical decision-making skills to manage patients of all ages with acute and critical illness.

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Program Highlights

  • Practice for the real world! Through an integrated approach to theory, practice, and high-fidelity simulation in a real-world environment, students learn to care for increasingly complex cases.
  • Dread boring lectures? Not here — We ensure that students with many different learning styles have an opportunity to thrive. Through projects, flipped classes, technology infusion, experiential learning, and other emerging teaching strategies, our students
  • Learn and work together in an academy-style learning environment. We offer low student to instructor ratios, uniformed staff and students, and an emphasis on teamwork and leadership to foster clinical readiness and professionalism.
  • Flexibility and camaraderie with Day and Evening Cohort models available
  • Opportunity to complete field rotations in busy urban ALS systems within and outside Massachusetts.
  • Graduate with a portfolio and important industry contacts to earn the job you’ve been waiting for!


We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming Day and Evening Paramedicine Programs! To apply, candidates must complete the application, meet all entry requirements, and attend an information session. The Admissions Office will provide information regarding the admissions criteria for the EMT Program and/or other health programs. Please call (508) 270-4059 for more information. Interested applicants should meet with an Academic Advisor or the Program Director to ensure they have met the program’s admission criteria.

Apply early to avoid any delays in processing and required placement testing

Criteria for Admission to Paramedicine Certificate

Application: The College application is available from the MBCC website. Applicants can access the application here: http://www.massbay.edu/Admissions-and-Financial-Aid/Enroll-at-MassBay.aspx.

High School Diploma/GED: All Health Sciences Programs require proof of final education credential (HS/GED/degree), to be considered for acceptance.

EMT Certification: Applicants must have current NREMT EMT Certification and/or state certification as EMT or AEMT. MA EMT required prior to clinical rotations.

Placement Testing: Information about placement testing can be found here: http://www.massbay.edu/placementtesting/.

  • English Placement — MassBay placement into College Writing (EN 101) or completion of Intro to Language (EN 100).
  • Math — MassBay Placement into Intermediate Algebra (MA 98) or completion of Introductory Algebra (MA 095) or completion of required modules of Preparation for College Math (MA 1) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Reading — Successful completion of Reading Assessment Test. Refer to the Competitive Programs Admissions Requirements.

Anatomy & Physiology — Anatomy & Physiology must be completed concurrently in the first semester of study or within 5 years prior to enrollment in the Paramedicine program. Completionof Essentials of A & P (BI 113). A&P I (BI 215) or A&P II (BI 215) meets this requirement. General Biology (BI 101) is a prerequisite for A & P I/II. Students should be aware that Essentials of A&P does not fulfill A&P requirements for Nursing, Physician Assistant, and other health care professions admission.

CPR: Students must have current CPR certification and maintain the certification throughout the Program. The only accepted certifications are: American Heart Association Basic Life Support, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR, Military Training Network and National Safety Council Professional Rescuer CPR. No other versions of CPR will be accepted. No student will be allowed to enter the clinical phase without current CPR certification.

Background Checks and Health Requirements: See http://www.massbay.edu/Academics/Health-Sciences/Health-and-Background-Check--Requirements.aspx.

Program Effectiveness Data

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Other Requirements

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.

Transportation/Parking: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the College and to their assigned clinical practicum sites.

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