Emergency Medical Services

Get Hands-On Training for an Exciting Career!

EMS professionals are employed in areas such as emergency ambulances, private non-emergency ambulance transport services, hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings. Spartanburg Community College's EMS students consistently score well-above average on national certification exams and job placement is continuously near or at 100%.

How do I complete this program?

Interested in Related Programs?

Below is a list of related academic programs that may be of interest. SCC also offers a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the job market and start earning quickly! These non-credit programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. While there are fees, these programs are often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees).

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The Spartanburg Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
9355 113th St. N., #7709
Seminole FL 33775
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

Graduates of the paramedic program are eligible to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic practical and written exams to gain certification.

Institutional Accreditation

Spartanburg Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.


Program Outcomes



To prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.


Learning Objectives:

1. Apply EMS and general medical knowledge necessary to function in a healthcare setting.

2. Demonstrate a broad range of paramedic level EMS skills, both difficult and routine.

3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in working with patients in a variety of settings and situations.

4. Practice professional oral and written communication in a healthcare setting.

Clinical and Field Experience

Many local medical agencies and facilities work with us to provide clinical experience, field experience, and field internship (Capstone) opportunities for our students.

Clinical and Field Requirements: EMT students will complete 24 hours of field experience on a 911 ambulance. Paramedic students will complete 270 hours of clinical in various hospital settings and, 180 hours of field experience and 180 hours of field internship (Capstone) on a 911 ambulance. 


All EMS students must meet clinical, field experience and field internship prerequisites and requirements that include the following:


Health Forms: Health forms comprised of health tests/immunizations and a health history are required of every student. Health forms will be distributed during the mandatory program orientation.  

Criminal Background Investigation: Students must have a clear status for 7 years with no history of violent crimes.


Drug Testing: A 10-panel urine drug screening is required.


Immunizations: Proof of immunization is required of all students BEFORE scheduling or participating in any clinical, field experience, or field internship rotations.

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Varicella immunization or positive titer (IgG immunity verification)
  • Documentation of immunity is required since having had chicken pox does not guarantee immunity.
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) immunization
  • Tetanus (Td) booster
  • Needed if Tdap or Td booster, whichever is most recent, was received 10 or more years ago.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test. Must meet one of the following options:
    • 2-Step PPD (TB skin test)
    • Two 1-Step PPDs (TB skin tests)
    • IGRA-QFT Test (TB blood draw test)
    • Note: TB tests are only valid for 12 months from date of test
  • Influenza immunization
  • Influenza immunizations are only valid for the flu season during which they are administered
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • COVID-19. Must have one of the following options:
    • COVID-19 initial immunization (booster not required)
    • SRHS medical exemption (form available upon request)
    • SRHS religious exemption (form available upon request)


  • CPR certification
  • Required of all students
    • EMT students will take CPR in their EMT class
    • EMT certification
      • Required of all paramedic students


  • HealthStream
  • A web-based safety training program that all students must complete annually
  • HEPA respiratory fit testing
    • Will be completed by EMS faculty
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