Students wishing to enter the Paramedic program must apply for admission to the College and apply for admission to the EMT-Paramedic program. Before applying for admission to the Paramedic program, student must meet all admission requirements listed below. Students who do not meet the minimal admission requirements will not be considered for acceptance to the program. Meeting minimal application requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. (Please note that application requirements and procedures may change without prior notice. Check with Health Sciences Division and/or website for updates prior to applying.)
In addition to the general admission requirements for the College, admission to the Paramedic program requires:
- Health Sciences Information Session Attendance Verification;
- unconditional admission to the College (see College Catalog for requirements);
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at Southern Union. Transfer students who have never attended Southern Union must enter college with minimum 2.0 cumulative gpa;
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended in Records Office;
- eligibility for English 101 and math 100 and meet the College’s reading requirement;
- completion of Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 111, EMP 189 or BIO 201) with a grade of C or higher;
- application for the Paramedic program;
- age of 18 years or older within one (1) year of program completion;
- current Alabama license as an AEMT; (students who took EMT / AEMT from a non-accredited program should see *note below)
- ability to meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College Catalog and Student Handbook.
*NOTE: Students transferring into the paramedic level who have graduated from a non-accredited AEMT program must take EMS 156, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Clinical, as a corequisite to EMS 244. Upon completion of EMS 156 with a grade of 75 or higher, the student will be awarded 10 hours of academic credit. If a student has attended a non-accredited program for both EMT and AEMT, the student must take EMS 156 and EMS 108 as a co-requisite to EMS 244. Upon completion of EMS 108 and EMS 156 with a grade of 75 or higher, the student will be awarded 20 hours of academic credit.
Helpful Student Resources
- Paramedic Program Application
- EMS Program Certificate Brochure
- EMS Program Degree Brochure
- Health Sciences Information Session
- GPA Calculator
- Estimated Program Costs
Essential Functions for EMS
- Health Requirements
- Criminal Background Check
- Preceptor Handbook for Paramedic Students
- Paramedic Student Handbook
Students who have been accepted into a health sciences program must provide Southern Union State Community College with required health care data before registering for the first semester of the paramedic program. Clinical agencies mandate that students provide information regarding their current health status (annual physical and essential function) that may affect the safety of the student or the client in the clinical settings. Click here for health forms and requirement checklist. Students may not register for classes if the required clinical documents are not up to date.
After admission to a health sciences program at SUSCC, students must complete a comprehensive background check and drug screening. Background checks and drug screening will be conducted by one vendor approved by the clinical agencies. Students who do not clear the Background Check will not be allowed to register for EMS courses. Students who do not pass the drug screening will be withdrawn from the EMS program. Find more information on the Background Check and Drug Screening by clicking here.
Students in the Health Sciences must demonstrate proof of health insurance. Students without proof of health insurance will not be allowed to register for health science courses or attend clinical. If you do not have insurance you may obtain information regarding insurance offered to SUSCC students at www.studentplanscenter.com or call 1-877-272-4532.