2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions and the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services (CoAEMSP)

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Telephone: 214.703.8445

The Paramedic certificate will provide individuals with advanced level knowledge and skills associated with pre-hospital care during illness and traumatic injuries. The paramedic renders basic and advanced life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illnesses and continues this treatment while transporting these patients to the hospital.

Individual counseling and assessment may result in the scheduling of additional courses to overcome all remedial deficiencies in English and mathematics. Upon completion of the Paramedic certificate program and attainment of licensure, students may apply for admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic degree program.

All courses in the Paramedic certificate program will articulate into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Paramedic.

General Education Requirements

Note: All courses must be from the Approved Courses for General Education  courses for each category listed in the General Education section of this catalog.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements (General)

A student desiring to pursue the technical certificate in Paramedic must:

  1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements, and be accepted by Northeast State Community College.
  2. Indicate Paramedic as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  3. See a faculty advisor from the Health-Related Professions area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.
  4. Complete all required learning support courses in math, reading, and writing prior to completion of the Paramedic program.

Paramedic Program Application Requirements

A student who has completed the above referenced requirements is eligible to apply for admission to the Paramedic program. The student must be currently licensed as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician by the State of Tennessee. To apply for admission into the Paramedic program, the student must complete and return to the Paramedic Program Director a “Request for Admission into the Paramedic Program” form. The student should attach to the form a current transcript of all the college courses taken.

Admission to the Paramedic Program

  1. Appear for a personal interview with the Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Advisory Committee whose membership consists of:
    1. Dean of Health-Related Professions.
    2. Program Director of the Paramedic Program.
    3. Representative from the local communities of interest.
    4. Paramedic Program Medical Director.
    5. Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio).
    6. A representative from the State Division of Emergency Medical Services.
    7. A psychologist.
    8. A local EMS Service Director.
    9. A registered nurse from a local healthcare facility.
    10. A current paramedic and a student.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and competence in the basic knowledge and skills of an AEMT and possess the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.
  3. Submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall be two recent (within the preceding 12 months) original letters from medical professionals attesting to the applicant’s personal character.
  4. Successfully complete the Advanced EMT assessment examination and hold a current Tennessee license as an AEMT.
  5. Transfer students: individuals who have attended other colleges and desire to transfer into the Northeast State Paramedic program will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Health-Related Professions. Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria as others desiring to pursue a technical certificate in Paramedic at Northeast State.

Readmission Policies

A student who has been dismissed or has withdrawn from the Paramedic program may be readmitted. The following apply:

  1. Only one readmission to the Paramedic program is permitted. This readmission must occur within a one year time frame.
  2. A student must apply to the Paramedic Program Director for readmission at least one semester before the desired date of return.
  3. A student must request readmission in writing and appear before the Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Program Advisory Committee.
  4. A student repeating a Paramedic course must repeat both the didactic and clinical components of the course.
  5. A student may be readmitted only if space is available.
  6. If additional re-admissions are sought, the entire admission requirements must be completed.


To remain in good standing once admitted to the Paramedic program, the student must:

  1. Adhere to Northeast State, Paramedic program, department, and clinical affiliate policies.
  2. Maintain a “C” or better in each Paramedic course.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the didactic, clinical, and/or skills requirements of each Paramedic course. Failure in either segment will result in a grade of “F” for the entire course.
  4. Submit to the Paramedic Program Director written evidence, on the appropriate form, of a physical examination taken within the past six months showing the applicant is in good physical health and possesses no physical disabilities which would impede the applicant’s ability to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the Paramedic. Any limitations in the individual’s ability to perform adequately will require additional documentation.
  5. Exhibit safe clinical behavior.
  6. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Purchase professional liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000).
  8. Maintain CPR certification.
  9. Sign a statement prior to admission indicating he/she is drug free and submit to a drug test if requested by the Dean of Health-Related Professions at any time during the program. A positive drug test is grounds for immediate dismissal.
  10. Students must comply with policies of clinical affiliates concerning criminal background checks and must assume associated costs.


Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of all courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

Students must complete all learning support deficiencies in English and mathematics, or have appropriate entrance scores.

The Paramedic Program is a selective admission program. Application does not guarantee admission.

Total Credit Hours: 43

For Further Information

Darren Ellenburg, Associate Professor
Program Director, Paramedic Education
Telephone: 423.354.2534
Fax: 423.245.5930


Connie Marshall, R.T. (R)
Dean Health-Related Professions
Associate Professor
Telephone: 423.323.0238
Fax: 423.245.5930

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