Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Responders

Explore an exciting career in Emergency Medical Technology! Our fast paced, high energy programs are designed to prepare Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs and Advanced EMTs) and Paramedics to save lives by providing initial care to the sick and injured. This career requires individuals who can think critically and take charge in unpredictable and sometimes chaotic situations. This career is physically demanding and requires specific technical standards.

Sequential Levels of Training

EMS training is comprised of three progressive levels of training and licensure. The progression is as follows:

Please refer to the specific course requirements link for each EMS training level for more detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. (US Department of labor)

Job Opportunities for EMT Basic, Advanced EMTs, and Paramedics include but are not limited to:

  • Private Ambulance Service EMT/AEMT/Paramedic
  • Firefighter EMT/AEMT/Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Private Industry Safety Officer
  • Emergency Management Officer
  • Emergency Room Technician

Available EMS Technical Certificates

EMS Associates Degree Opportunities

Paramedic Program Outcomes


Pass Rate: 92%
Retention Rate: 96%
Job Placement Rate: 100%


Pass Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 78%
Job Placement Rate: 100%


Pass Rate: 100%
Retention Rate: 84%
Job Placement Rate: 100%

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Contact Information

Location: Union Avenue Campus Allied Health [H] Building, Room 106
Phone: 901-333-5400
Fax: 901-333-5391

Program Coordinator: Merry Mattix
Email: emt@southwest.tn.edu
Phone: 901-333-5413