Paramedic Technology

East Central College offers a program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Technology. Students in the program receive instruction in the recognition, treatment, and transport of patients with medical emergencies and trauma. To achieve licensure as a paramedic, students studying at East Central College comply with United States Department of Transportation guidelines.

These guidelines require that students first complete coursework leading to licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic prior to entry in the Paramedic Technology certificate or degree program. Courses combine classroom and laboratory activities with clinical experiences in an acute care setting. This provides the student with the opportunity to learn skills and techniques to be applied in the actual work setting.

The program of study is accredited by the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and prepares students for national licensure. The College also offers a series of post-licensure refresher courses for professionals working in the field. East Central College is the designated regional training center for emergency medical services personnel. The EMS program has a state-of-the-art clinical lab which utilizes high-fidelity human patient simulators and an ambulance.

The EMS Program at East Central College meets the National Registry of EMT’s requirements, which is required by the Mo. Bureau of EMS to obtain an EMT or Paramedic license in the state of Missouri. “The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States, and 46 states use the National Registry certification as a basis for licensure.”  (  East Central College has not determined if the Emergency Medical Services programs at East Central College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia has additional licensure requirements.

The East Central College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th Street North # 7709
Seminole, FL 33775

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Admission Requirements

Students need to complete:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent (documentation sent to the Registration office)
  • Application for Admission
  • A placement test as specified by the college. (Please note: Some coursework requires minimum placement results.

Program Specific:
Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance to program

ECC Foundation Scholarships

Financial Aid/Transfer Scholarships

Program Coordinator / EMS Faculty:
Tom Fitts, RN, NRP, M. ED.
Associate Professor
(636) 584-6623
Office: HS 115

Clinical Coordinator / EMS Faculty:
Jenifer Goodson, Paramedic, BS
Office: HS 114

Program Assistant:
Julie Beck
(636) 584-6616

Career Opportunities:

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

Salary Potential:

The profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. by 2020, the number of positions is expected to increase by 33% Median annual earnings of EMTs and paramedics were $34,870 in May 2013 with the highest earnings of more than $54,710.