Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

The Paramedic Program is the final level of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program. Paramedic is a three semester program that begins spring and other semesters as needed. Interested students must hold an Alabama AEMT license, meet College and EMS Paramedic Program admission requirements and apply for admission to the program. See admission requirements by clicking here

Program Information

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the  Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP)  

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756  
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Degree Earned:  Certificate or Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Length of Program: Paramedic Certificate - 5 Semesters; 59 Semester Hours
                                  Associate in Applied Science -  5 Semesters; 70 Semester Hours
                                  (includes EMT,  AEMT & Paramedic) 

Application Priority Deadlines:  Spring - September 15
                                                       Summer - April 1
                                                       Fall - June 15 
*Late applications will be accepted until class is full.

Location:  Paramedic courses offered on Opelika Campus (Fall,  Spring and Summer Semester). 
                  EMS courses offered on Valley Campus and Wadley Campus as needed

Credentials Earned: National Registered EMT-Paramedic following successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exams.  The National Registry examinations are required for licensure in Alabama at all three EMS levels. 

Additional Information

Paramedic Curriculum

The following course must be completed with a "C" or higher prior to admission to paramedic program:

  Course    Credit Hours
BIO 111 (previously EMS 189)*
BIO 201** 
Applied Anatomy & Physiology for the Paramedic
Human Anatomy & Physiology      


The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the final (3rd) semester of the paramedic program:

Course   Credit Hours
ENG 101           English Composition I  3
MTH 100  Intermediate College Algebra 3
BIO 202**  Human Anatomy & Physiology II*   *(required if BIO 201 elected; not required
for certificate option if EMP 189 chosen for A&P requirements)  

1st semester

Course Number Course Name Theory Lab  Clinic Credit Hours
EMS 241  Paramedic Cardiology   2 1 3
EMS 242 Paramedic Patient Assessment                                  1 1 2
EMS 244 Paramedic Clinical 0 0 1  1
EMS 257 Paramedic Applied Pharmacology 1 1 0 2
English/math/biology              3 or 4

2nd semester             

Course Number Course Name Theory Lab Clinic Credit Hours
EMS 245 Paramedic Medical Emergencies  2 1 0 3
EMS 246 Paramedic Trauma Management 2 1 0 3
EMS 247  Paramedic Special Populations                  1 1 0 2
EMS 248 Paramedic Clinical II  0 0 3 3
English/math/biology          3 or 4

3rd semester

Course Number Course Name Theory Lab Clinic Credit Hours
EMS 253                        Paramedic Transition to the Workforce    1 1 0 2
EMS 254  Advanced Competencies for Paramedic 1 1 0 2
EMS 255 Paramedic Field Preceptorship  0 0 5 5
EMS 256 Paramedic Team Leadership  0 0 1 1


Additional Courses Required for A.A.S. degree (in addition to Paramedic Certificate)

Course Credit Hours
BIO 201** Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
PSY 200 General Psychology  3
SPH 107 Public Speaking (or SPH 106)  3
+Humanities Elective  3
Total Additional Hours for A.A.S. Degree  17

*EMS 189 or BIO 111 will satisfy the anatomy & physiology requirements for the Paramedic Certificate only.

**BIO 201 & 202 will satisfy the anatomy & physiology requirements for the Paramedic AAS Degree and Certificate option. BIO 201 is a prerequisite to BIO 202.

+Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. The courses taught at SUSCC that can be used for the elective are: ART 100, Art Appreciation; MUS 101, Music Appreciation; THR 120, Theater Appreciation; IDS 102, Ethics; HUM 101, Introduction to Humanities; SPA 101 or 102, Introductory Spanish; HPS 113, Spanish for the Healthcare Professional; ENG 271 or 272, World Literature; REL 151, Survey of Old Testament; or REL 152, Survey of New Testament. If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with an Academic Advisor regarding transfer of your course(s).

Credit Hour Summary

Program Certificate Hours Certificate +EMT and AEMT A.A.S.
EMT 10 N/A N/A
AEMT 9 19 n/a
Paramedic 29 58-62 71

Comprehensive Examinations Information

Students enrolled in the various levels of the EMS program must achieve an “Above the passing standard” as defined by the testing software on each module of the six (6) EMS Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) Competency exams (Airway, Cardiac, Trauma, Medical, OB/Peds and Operations) in order to successfully complete the courses EMS 119 (students enrolled in EMT), EMS 156 (students enrolled in AEMT) or EMP 204 (students enrolled in Paramedic).  Students falling below the passing standard are required to remediate in areas of deficiency and retake the exam, and may repeat the exam as often as needed.   After successful completion of the six (6) CAT exams, students are eligible to take the Comprehensive Final Exam.