Emergency Medical Technology

The EMT/Paramedic Program at Greenville Technical College offers classroom and hands-on education in a state-of-the-art environment, including the college’s STAT (Simulation Technologies and Training) Center. With a combination of classroom instruction, lab experience, field experience, and opportunities for service, graduates are fully prepared for the workplace. 

Local health care agencies depend on Greenville Technical College to provide skilled emergency medical providers. Our program also serves The USC School of Medicine Greenville students with on-the-street experience to provide a view of patient care outside of the emergency room.

A career you can count on

On a national level, employment opportunities for EMTs and Paramedics are expected to grow by 24% between 2014 and 2024. As is true for many professions in the health care field, our aging population is driving much of the employment demand. In addition to full-time positions, many part-time jobs will also be available.

What you’ll learn in the program

Topics include:

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Psychology
  • Emergency operations
  • Emergency medical care

The Paramedic program also offers the following advanced courses:

ACLS -- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
PALS -- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PHTLS – Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support
AMLS -- Advanced Medical Life Support
Paramedic Refresher courses 

Accreditation and Certification

The Greenville Technical College Emergency Medical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park St.
Clearwater, FL, 33756
(727) 210-2350

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

The Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP) requires the following be made available and published a 3-year review-window. The Greenville Technical College Paramedic Program was awarded full accreditation and has maintained it since 1988.

In compliance with CAAHEP Accreditation Standard V.A.4, the Paramedic Program’s 3-year review-window average results for 1) National Registry Practical Exams, 2) National Registry Written Exams, 3) Retention, and 4) Positive Placement, are listed below.

EMT outcomes

Graduates of the EMT/Paramedic program are eligible to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam(s) to gain certification.

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Your connection to industry

Program details and courses

Emergency Medical Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program covers all aspects of the paramedic profession and is designed to integrate both theory and practical “hands-on” educational experiences. The flexibility of the curriculum allows the student to enter the profession at the Paramedic level and continue with their education while working.

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Emergency Medical Technician
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate covers topics necessary for EMT certification and is designed to integrate both theory and practical "hands-on" educational experiences.

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Post Initial Paramedic Training 

Currently open to certified paramedics, RNs, and other health care providers or by permission of the department head.

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Paramedic to RN Track
Associate in Applied Science

A Paramedic to RN track is available and allows the student to transition to nursing classes upon successful completion of paramedic training to complete a nursing degree and obtain a RN credential in a much shorter timeframe.

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Firefighter - EMT Track

Greenville Technical College’s Fire Science Technology and Emergency Medical Technology departments have joined forces to answer a crucial skills gap requiring most firefighters to hold an EMT certification. This academic track was designed to provide the coursework in a format that can quickly deliver the educational qualifications for employment. The required courses enable students to test for three certifications, Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and NREMT, within an 18-week time frame. 

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Students working toward acceptance in select Health and Wellness programs are now classified as an Associate of Science major.  Want to know more?  Check out our FAQ section.

EMT-Paramedic Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following: 

Career Talk
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. The Career Talk presentation for EMT is conducted online. Click the link below to view the presentation in PDF format.

Career Talk presentation for EMT (pdf)

Division Policies
The Emergency Medical Technology program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.

Supplemental Admission Process

EMT program requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Place into Math 101 and English 101

The Paramedic program requires a Weighted Admissions Application. The application period is September 15th through November 15th. 

 Paramedic Weighted Admission Form

Paramedic program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) prior to submitting a weighted admission form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admission form. Please see full details in the TEAS Information Sheet (pdf).