Paramedic Certificate Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic Certificate Program. This shift friendly course allows you to choose from the available days which day you want to come to class. The course will include online coursework, campus classroom work, psychomotor lab (hands-on) sessions, hospital clinical, field internship and evaluations. This program meets the NCOEMS and National EMS Education Standards and AHA Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will qualify to take the NC Office of EMS Paramedic credentialing exam and National Registry Paramedic exam. After reviewing this packet, if you have any questions, please contact Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator, at 919-464-2299 or

The 2021 – 2022 Paramedic Certification Program will start Monday June 14, 2021 or Thursday June 17,2021. Students must show up the first day for the day they signed up for. 

Program Description

The Paramedic Certificate Course provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system, and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence-based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the pre-hospital to hospital setting.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, convalescent ambulance services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Johnston Community College EMS Education Program is an approved accreditation institution
from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical
Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs (CAAHEP ).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX  75088
(214) 703-8445, Fax - (214) 703-8992

Program Information

The Paramedic is the highest level of credential in the pre-hospital setting. Student training includes the use of complex medical equipment, such as manual monitors/defibrillators, the administer on various medications and the performance of skills per State and National standards. JCC students receive certifications in numerous additional practices such as Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). Students learn the necessary skills needed in today's ever evolving medical field to recognize, treat, and reverse life threatening conditions.

Course Information

The Certificate Paramedic Program is a year-long course divided into two parts. The student will complete
approximately 350 didactic (lecture) hours, 300 psychomotor lab (hands-on) hours and 480 clinical
(field/hospital) hours within the year. Students attend a shift-friendly schedule (classes meet once a week),
either Monday or Thursday 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. The course includes occasional weekend and Friday classes per the course schedule. The Certificate Paramedic 2021-2022 courses starts on Monday, June 14th or Thursday, June 17th, 2021.

Entry Test for the Paramedic Course

DON’T WAIT if you have to complete an entry test. Testing can be complete before the application is
submitted. If you need instruction in English or Math, you will need to allow time and retesting before the paramedic course starts.

NC Office of EMS requires all applicants to have:

  • Successful completion of college-level English, or within the previous 12 months complete a writtenassessment placing the individual into college-level English.
  • Successful completion of college-level Math, or within the previous 12 months complete a written
    assessment placing the individual into college-level Math.

Written Entry Test

Johnston Community College will offer the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test. If the applicant does not meet the required grade levels, the applicate can enter into TABE Prep classes. TABE Prep classes begin March 1, 2021. Once completed the applicant can take the entry test again. Classes are held on:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am – 12pm.
  • Monday and Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm. 

Classes are face-to-face and held at JCC Testing Center for the first two weeks and then may be completed online. You can start TABE Prep classes at any time.

Applicant must pass the entry test before they can be accepted in the Paramedic course. 

How to Register for Entry Test

TABE testing will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday April 21st at 9am
  • Tuesday April 4th at 9am
  • Thursday May 13th at 9am

Students in need of placement testing should email Brittany Baker at with the date that they are available for testing and include their full name and date of birth. Photo ID is required to be presented the day of testing at the Academic Skills Center in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) on the JCC campus. Students should arrive 15 minutes early for testing to complete registration, and are required to wear a facial covering due to COVID regulations. 

Applicants do not have to take the entry test if they meet the State requirement by holding a college degree, taken college English (ENG 111 at minimum) and Math (MAT 110 at minimum), or can provide documentation of previous acceptance into college level English and Math course within the previous 12 months at another college.  See “Admission Entry Test Requirements” for other approval documents. 

Paramedic Certification Program Admission Process

***** Entry testing is recommended before completing the admission process. *****

Step One: Pre-Admission Process

Schedule a phone conversation or meeting with Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator. The meeting will include a summary of the course and discussion of the application process. 

  • Complete Paramedic Certificate Program Application.
  • Submit with program application: (Applications are considered incomplete without the following)
    • A copy of valid state driver’s license.
    • A copy of EMT credential or proof of successful completion of an EMT course.
    • Documentation of high school graduation or GED.
    • A copy of valid AHA Health provider BLS/CPR card.
    • A copy of medical insurance, if applicable.
    • If applicable, documentation to be exempt from entry testing. Must be official documentation. 
  • Application must be delivered to:
    Johnston Community College
    Public Safety Services Building (Building J)
    245 College Road
    Smithfield, NC 27577
    Attn:Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator

Submit applications as soon as they are completed to Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator. This will allow time for entry testing (if applicable) and completion of the application process. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 Paramedic Certificate Program is Friday May 7, 2021.

Step Two: Acceptance & Registration

After notification of acceptance from the CE Program Coordinator.

  • You will be emailed a link to electronic JCC Continuing Education Registration Form or registration web
    site for 2021-2022 Paramedic Certificate Program. Complete a JCC Continuing Education Registration
    Form and submit back to Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator.
  • Pay Registration Fee for Part I of the Certificate Paramedic Course. You may be asked to pay for registration online through JCC WebAdvisor or contact JCC Cahiers Office at 919-464-2165.
    For fee exemption, student must be on a NC primary emergency response provider that is approved by NC Community College System.When you complete your registration form you MUST indicate the provider, your position (i.e. EMT) and must sign the registration form.
  • Purchase Liability insurance coverage policy through Johnston Community College. Students musthave coverage per contracts with clinical agencies. Coverage purchased at JCC cashier’s office in the Wilson Building during normal business hours. Coverage can be purchased by phone or maybe included with registration payment online. Liability insurance is not covered by provides or State Community College if you are granted fee exemption. 

Step Three: Orientation 

After student has successfully registered for the course and before the Course starts. 

  • Attend a program orientation session located in the Public Safety Building, Room J1360. Orientation sessions usually last 2 to 3 hours. Sessions are scheduled for:
    Monday May 17, 2021 from 09:00 am to Noon or Thursday May 20, 2021 from 09:00 am to

If you have any questions about the admission process, please contact Brittany Baker, CE Program Coordinator, at 919-464-2299 or

Before Course Begins: 

(Discussed in detail at orientation)

  • Purchase access to Platinum Planner and EMSTesting. Access codes can be purchased at Johnston Community College Bookstore or on-line Purchase instructions will be provided at orientation.
  • Purchase class resource materials:
      • Manual: Sanders' Paramedic Textbook, Fifth Edition, and Workbook combined, ISBN: 9781284178340. Resources can be purchase at Johnston Community College Book store or online at
      • If any discount codes are available, the codes will be provided at orientation
      • Additional resources are required for specialty certification classes offered during the course (ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, AMLS). Prices vary depending on where you make your purchase. Certification cards can be purchased from the Johnston Community College before the course is taught. Specialty Books can be borrowed for the specific class. 

A & P requirement

If a student has taken an A&P course that meets NC OEMS requirements, documentation must be submitted
for verification. Courses that meet the requirement include:

  • EMS 3163
  • BIO 163
  • BIO 165 AND BIO 166
  • BIO 168 AND BIO 169

    EMS 3163 will be offered twice during the paramedic course.

Castle Branch

Must be completed by July 15, 2021:

  • Complete a background check, urine drug screen and submit immunizations records through
    com. Students must purchase access and upload all documentation to their profile.
    More information provided at orientation.
    • Immunizations are: Influenza Vaccine (prior to Flu session); Tdap (with tetanus booster within
      last ten years); TB Skin Test (2 injections) within one year or CXR within 6 months or blood work; Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or positive Titer, or Declination Form; Varicella Vaccine (2 injections) or Positive Titer; and MMR Vaccine (2 injections) or Positive Titer. 
  • Complete a medical form, physical exam and health history. “Physical Examination by Medical Practitioner” document available on Castle Branch site. 

Breakdown of Course Cost

This is just a rough estimate. All prices for items from venders are subject to change. Prices vary per vender

Clinical Uniform Requirements
Students in the JCC EMS Paramedic program will be required to attend clinical internships
wearing their approved uniform. Students may have to wear uniforms to class if approved by
Advisory Committee. The uniform will consist of the following:

    • JCC Clinical Uniform Polo Shirt * $35.00
    • JCC Clinical Uniform T-shirt (optional) * $10.00
    • EMS Style Uniform Pants $30.00 and up 
    • Black Leather or Nylon Duty Belt $15.00 and up
    • Black Public Safety Shoes or Boots $50.00 and up
    • Black Socks $5.00 and up
    • All Weather Jacket $30.00 and up
    • Reflective Traffic Vest $10.00
      Total Uniform Cost: $185.00
      * Items required to be purchased through the approved vendor by JCC EMS Program

Specialty Resources (Book and certification card cost)

    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support $71.25
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support $56.25
    • Pediatric Education for Prehospital
      Professionals $75.00
    • Prehospital Trauma Life Support $85.00
    • Advanced Medical Life Support $80.00

                Total Specialty Book Cost: $367.50
                Prices of specialty books vary depending on the vendor. Student are allowed to borrow books
                for class. Certification cards are optional. But highly recommended.

Summary of Cost for Paramedic Certificate Program

    • Registration Fee Part I $180.00
    • Registration Fee Part II (Pay in January) $180.00
    • Castle Branch $110.00
    • EMS Testing & Platinum Planner $183.00 to $235.00
    • Textbook & Workbook $300.00 to $390.00
    • Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance $19.00
    • Total Uniform Cost $185.00 and up

                 Total Cost (Does not include specialty books) $1,157.00

Click here to download the Paramedic Certificate Program Application

Brittany Jackson BakerParamedic, B.S.
EMT Program Coordinator
Johnston Community College
245 College Rd., Smithfield NC 27577
919-564-2299 (Office)
919-820-5300 (Cell)