Public Safety

Location: William N. Pennington Health Science Center
Phone: 775-336-4270
Fax: 775-850-4058


Paramedic Program

The paramedic program is designed for the student who desires education with a career goal as a Paramedic. The certificate of achievement from TMCC will be awarded after the student has completed all program and certificate requirements. This is a one year continuous program.

The Paramedic curriculum meets all requirements as outlined in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. The program is 1,400+ hours in length and based on specific objectives. The didactic/classroom phase includes 700+ hours of instruction. Activities include lectures, skills lab sessions, demonstrations and simulations. The second phase is completed in the hospital environment where the student is provided the opportunity to apply the cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills gained in the classroom setting. The student is under direct supervision of a physician or registered nurse and will participate in direct patient care. The student must complete at least 240 hours of clinical/hospital experience. The third and final component of the paramedic program is the field rotation phase. The student will apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and hospital under the direct supervision of a preceptor that is currently functioning in the role of a paramedic.

The Paramedic candidate will be required to complete a minimum of 480 hours of field rotation lab. Student progression in the program is contingent upon attaining a grade of “C” or better in all paramedic curricula. A “C” grade is equal to 80%. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined.

Special Requirements and Admission Procedures

Admission to the paramedic program enrollment is limited and requires special procedures. The paramedic office will maintain an interest list for the program and will notify applicants of the testing dates. Completed applications will be accepted by the paramedic office ONLY WITH VERIFICATION OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Fill out the online application.
  • Current American Heart Association health care provider CPR or Red Cross professional rescuer CPR card.
  • Current Nevada State EMT or Advanced EMT certification, or National Registry EMT or AEMT certification.

Students must complete the following criteria prior to being considered for admission to the paramedic program.

  • Complete the program entrance test.
  • Pass an oral interview panel.

Students offered admission to the paramedic program will be selected based upon their scores from the testing process. The scores of all applicants will be ranked numerically, and the class (which is limited to a maximum of 24) will be selected from this list beginning with the highest score.

Students admitted to the paramedic program will be notified by the paramedic office. The admitted student must complete the following requirements prior to the start of classes.

  • Satisfy all general college admission criteria.
  • Pass a physical examination by your doctor.
  • Provide evidence of current measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella immunizations or appropriate titer levels.
  • Provide evidence of current diphtheria-tetanus (DT) immunization.
  • Provide evidence of completed Hepatitis B immunization; and of a negative two step TB skin test or negative chest X-ray.
  • Provide evidence of major medical health coverage.
  • Be 18 years of age or older upon entrance to the program.
  • Pass an EMS department background check and drug test.
  • Failure to meet the above requirements by the deadline will result in the student’s exclusion from the program.