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Train as a first responder in a hands-on, stacked and fully accredited program. At Johnson County Community College, our Emergency Medical Science program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a first responder.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Emergency Medical Science Program?

Your time at JCCC will prepare you for the physical, mental and emotional challenges of being an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care provider. We offer progressively intense programs that will teach you the Emergency Medical Science skills you’ll need to respond anytime, anywhere.

In our Emergency Medical Science program, you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to provide excellent emergency healthcare. You’ll learn the following:

  • Basic life support, including CPR, diagnostic signs and triage
  • Patient assessment, airway management and trauma management
  • Bandaging and splinting techniques
  • Fundamental cardiology and EKG recognition
  • Ambulance operation, driving, map reading and unit maintenance

Our EMS program has three tracks for you to choose from. Begin with the 5-credit-hour Emergency Medical Responder course, then move to the 10-credit-hour Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate program. From there, you’ll get hands-on experience in an EMT practicum.

Move on to the Mobile Intensive Care Technician (Paramedic) certificate program, which is selective admission. Finally, after completing 64 credit hours of required EMS courses, you’ll earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science.

Why JCCC's Emergency Medical Science Program?

JCCC’s Emergency Medical Science program uses scenario simulations to provide you with hands-on learning experiences. Through our program, you’ll take courses in advanced out-of-hospital emergency medical care and be prepared for a rewarding career as a paramedic. Clinicals and field internships will ensure you are ready for any medical emergency when you complete our program.

Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

Our Emergency Medical Science classes are taught by industry professionals with extensive experience as paramedics and in emergency healthcare. JCCC’s class sizes, convenience, cost and transferability are all reasons to choose our Emergency Medical Science program.

  • Classes are limited to 24 students, so you can ask questions, engage in discussions and connect with classmates and professors.
  • We offer convenient online classes for nearly every course offered.
  • We’re affordable. Costs are reasonable, and our campus is convenient to the Kansas City metro area.
  • JCCC classes are transferable to most four-year schools.

See how successful our students are

EMR Outcomes 2015-2020 (Kansas) (PDF) 

EMT Outcomes 2015-2020 (Kansas) (PDF) 

Paramedic Outcomes 2015-2020 (Kansas) (PDF)

Paramedic Outcomes 2019 (CoAEMSP) (PDF)

Tools and Resources at JCCC

As a JCCC EMS or Paramedic student, you’ll have access to many different tools and resources. Our Academic Counseling, Career Development Center and Financial Aid offices are just a few of the resources we provide to our students. Our Emergency Medical Science Advisory Board is made up of industry professionals who can give you valuable advice on succeeding in our competitive EMS and Paramedic programs.

Cheyenne S., Paramedic Student (2013-14) and JCCC Adjunct Lab Instructor
"My time at JCCC EMS is the stepping stone for a meaningful career and a way to make a difference in this world."
This is a selective admission program. See admission process

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) has a projected growth rate of 6 percent through 2029. This growth rate is higher than the average for all occupations, meaning the demand for qualified EMTs is only expected to increase.

We are one of the very few programs in the nation with a 99 percent first-attempt pass rate for National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification. Our EMS graduates score exceptionally high on NREMT examinations, well above national and state averages. More than 90 percent are professionally employed shortly after graduation.

Download the Emergency Medical Science Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

We know finances can be an essential factor in deciding where to study. For this reason, our team works hard to make tuition affordable for you.

We offer the following tools and resources at JCCC:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

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*To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

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