Emergency Medical Services


Program Description:

KVCC’s Advanced Emergency Care Program is a multiple entrance/multiple exit program. It allows students to exit at the end of each certificate and upon successful completion of all degree requirements. Students will be eligible for Maine State licensure and national registration at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) level upon successful completion of the Advanced EMT Emergency Care Certificate and the Paramedic level upon successful completion of the Advanced Emergency Care Certificate. Students who complete the prescribed general education requirements will receive the Associate in Applied Science degree.

The program is designed to provide the graduate with knowledge, skills, and behaviors to deliver emergency care safely and competently at all levels.

“I knew that I wanted to help people, but nothing in healthcare seemed like the right fit for me. Then I discovered the path to becoming a Paramedic, and everything fell into place.”
—KVCC EMS Student

Advanced Emergency Care offers academic credentials in:

  • Advanced EMT Level
  • Paramedic Level
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Mission & Goals

The goals of the Advanced Emergency Care Program are to graduate competent and confident entry-level Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced EMT Level Certificate, the Paramedic Certificate or the Associate in Applied Science degree, the graduate is expected to:

  • Be eligible for the appropriate level of professional credentialing and state licensing.
  • Behave ethically with tolerance and respect for cultural and ethnic diversity in patients, family members and fellow health care providers.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, family, coworkers, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking ability necessary for problem solving and differential diagnosis in emergency medicine.

Criminal Background Check Information

Applicants to all EMS Programs need to note that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record.

Completed criminal background checks are a required prerequisite of all EMS programs regardless of license level.  Students are financially responsible for background check requirements.  Once accepted to the program, students will receive information regarding background check completion.

Failure to complete a criminal background check will result in the inability to complete the clinical portion of the course.

Exposure to Infectious Disease

Applicants who consider a career in any of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.

Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is likely. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock

Completed immunization records are a required prerequisite of all EMS programs regardless of license level.  Students are financially responsible for obtaining any necessary records for immunizations.  Any EMS student must show proof of immunization* of the following:

  • Current negative TB or equivalent (within one year of starting the program)
  • Two MMR vaccines or titer
  • Hep B three shot series or titer
  • Current flu shot
  • Varicella or titer

* Students may elect to decline any of the listed immunizations but must be aware that clinical sites may deny them access to patient areas or students will be required to wear masks during particular outbreaks (for example during flu season).

Failure to complete the immunization requirement will result in the inability to complete the clinical portion of the course.

Educational Outcomes

Class NRP Cognitive Pass Rate NRP Psychomotor Pass Rate Retention Rate Positive Placement Rate
Class of 2015 92.3% 92.3% 87.5% 100%
Class of 2016 100% 100% 100% 100%

Data only reported after official accreditation by CAAHEP

Please note that this program does not allow for advanced placement.

Accreditation Information

The Kennebec Valley 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 of Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax:  214-703-8992


For more information, please contact Stephanie Cordwell.

Phone: (207) 453-5000 Ext. 5457

Email: scordwell@kvcc.me.eduscordwell@apems.org

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