Paramedic (Traditional)

The Paramedic Program is designed to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.


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What's New in Emergency Medical Services

The paramedic provides care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting. The emerging roles and responsibilities of the paramedic also include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs, as well as providing initial treatment.

The course of study is designed to enhance all facets of the paramedic’s scope of practice.

Award options

  • Diploma
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services

This program focuses on the part-time, non-traditional student. The didactic training is offered two evenings a week and includes four-hour class sessions over an 18-month period. Students are then granted up to 12 months to complete their clinical and field training at participating facilities and EMS locations. When all training is completed, the student is qualified to sit for the National Registry Exam, which is the EMT’s certifying exam.

Effective January 1, 2019,  Anatomy and Physiology will be a prerequisite the paramedic course – both accelerated and traditional.    

  • BIOS 1100 – Basic Anatomy & Physiology  (or equivalent)    OR
  • BIOS 2250 and BIOS 2260  Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II   (or equivalent)

Regardless of course taken, the student must pass with a C+ or above.  

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include hospital emergency rooms, private ambulance services, off-shore oil rigs, movie sets, reality shows and salaried fire and emergency medical services departments. Emergency medical services and fire science are synonymous in some communities. Fire Departments are one of the major employers of paramedics and a large number of our students are enrolled in both disciplines with a major emphasis in Paramedicine. A degree is essential for advancement and financial compensation in most fire departments; some states now require a minimum of the Associate of Applied Science degree to certify.

MPCC’s Emergency Medical Services program does not offer job placement assistance.

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and COAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMPSP).

The most current COAEMSP Annual Reports was for the calendar year 2018.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMY Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 100%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 95.8%. Positive placement is defined by the COAEMSP as "Employed full or part-tome in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 68.6%.


The McCook Community College/Mid Plains Community 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 St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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

Want to know more?

EMS/Paramedic Program Director
308-344-8035 Office

Advanced Placement Policy: The McCook Community College/Mid-Plains Community College Paramedic Program does not offer Advanced Placement.

Experiential Learning Policy: The McCook Community College/Mid-Plains Community College Paramedic Program does not award credit or allow advanced placement for Experiential Learning.

Transfer Credits Policy: The McCook Community College/Mid-Plains Community College Paramedic Program does not allow advanced placement secondary to transfer of credits. 

*Completion of the entire sequence of classes will lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services.

*Completion of the specialized advanced emergency medical courses will lead to a diploma.