Certificate of Achievement - Paramedic

Location: William N. Pennington Health Science Center
Phone: 775-336-4272
Fax: 775-336-4276
Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/public-safety/

Students interested in acquiring the paramedic certificate of achievement must complete the general education and the certificate requirements.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Apply the scientific and theoretical principles relevant to paramedic practice and will perform basic procedures; administer oral or intravenous drugs, read electrocardiograms (EKGs), and use a variety of complex equipment.
  • Demonstrate the practical knowledge and skills to provide pre-hospital healthcare to diverse communities, utilizing the highest professional levels of knowledge, judgment, and ability.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. More information on Gainful Employment is available on the the TMCC website. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.


Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
*THIS IS A DRAFT ONLY* Changes have not been approved
General Education Requirements
Composition I
Composition II
Human Relations[3]
Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine
Patient Assessment for Paramedics
Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Certificate Requirements 1
EMS 200Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine3
EMS 203Assessment Based Management I3
EMS 205Principles of Pathophysiology3
EMS 206Prin Pharmacology/Medication Admin/Venous Access3
EMS 2072
EMS 209Patient Assessment for Paramedics3
EMS 210Principles of Cardiology for the Paramedic3
EMS 211Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS4
EMS 212Paramedic Trauma Emergencies and ITLS3
EMS 214Pediatrics & Special Consideration for Para/Pals3
EMS 215Assess Based Management/Operation for Paramedic I3
EMS 216Hospital Clinical Experience for the Paramedic4
EMS 217Field Internship for the Paramedic4
Total Units50

All paramedic courses are to be taken in the sequence indicated (a grade of “C” or better is required). Certificate Requirement courses are required for the certificate of achievement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
EMS 200 Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine 3
EMS 205 Principles of Pathophysiology 3
EMS 206 Prin Pharmacology/Medication Admin/Venous Access 3
EMS 207 2
EMS 209 Patient Assessment for Paramedics 3
EMS 210 Principles of Cardiology for the Paramedic 3
EMS 211 Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS 4
EMS 212 Paramedic Trauma Emergencies and ITLS 3
 Semester Total24
2nd semester
EMS 203 Assessment Based Management I 3
EMS 214 Pediatrics & Special Consideration for Para/Pals 3
EMS 215 Assess Based Management/Operation for Paramedic I 3
EMS 216 Hospital Clinical Experience for the Paramedic 4
EMS 217 Field Internship for the Paramedic 4
 Semester Total17
 Total Units41