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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Whether in the field of Emergency Services or other healthcare fields, Chemeketa offers training to build on your skill set and advance your career.

Potential Salary$50,000

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Why choose program or class?

Every day, hundreds of Chemeketa graduates are saving lives working on ambulances caring for critically ill patients, responding on fire engines, providing patient care in healthcare facilities or performing first responder aid as law enforcement officers throughout Oregon and around the nation. Are you ready to become one of them?

What will you learn?

EMTs and Paramedics work in a demanding field. These professionals must work well with others, think and act quickly as well as maintain a strong commitment to training and education. Chemeketa's nationally accredited program will help you with that commitment as you embark or expand your career opportunities in the EMT, Paramedic field or other healthcare occupations. Program offerings include –

  • EMT course
  • AEMT course
  • Paramedic Associates Degree 
  • Paramedic/Firefighter dual degree

Chemeketa's diverse, experienced emergency medical services faculty will help you earn your EMT, advanced EMT or paramedic license and pass National Registry exams.

What will you do?

You will learn to –

  • Assess patients and apply treatments in emergency medical situations
  • Use oral and written skills to communicate effectively in high-stress situations with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team
  • Perform basic and advanced life support skills in a safe and timely manner
  • Provide on-scene leadership in emergency medical care situations

Licensed EMTs are eligible for work at ambulance companies, fire departments, police departments, hospitals, medical clinics and in industry as on-site first responders. EMTs can also gain required clinical hours and patient contact opportunities to start their career in other healthcare fields, such as Nursing, Physician's Assistant, Medical School or other related healthcare occupations. Obtaining your EMT license is also an excellent first step in working on your Paramedic associate degree prerequisites.


    Chemeketa's EMT program will prepare you for entry-level jobs as aN EMT and equip you for passing state and/or national registry exams leading to a license.

    You will learn about the human anatomy, emergency medical science and medical terminology as you make your way through the program. You will also learn hands-on skills to allow you to practice medicine once you obtain your EMT license. These skills are learned through intense face to face labs, hospital clinical rotation and ambulance ride time.

    The EMT program is an entry level course, there are no prerequisites for this course, you simply apply for admission, complete the admissions process through the college and then you can register for courses during your designated registration period through myChemeketa.

    The EMT certification program requires a placement test and it is recommended that you place at or above the following levels and the EMT program also requires proof of High School completion:

    • WR080 for writing skills
    • RD080 for reading skills
    • MTH020 for math skills

    Co-requisites requirements: CPR for Healthcare Provider is a co-requisite for the EMT151 and 153 courses. You will take CPR concurrently during your EMT coursework. The skills assessment course is also a co-requisite for the EMT152 and EMT153 courses and is related to your state practical skills testing.

    Vaccinations are required for this program. Please see document below for required vaccinations and contact our clinical coordinator for specific deadlines. 

    EMT Required Immunizations

    Email Rhonda Wood, Clinical Coordinator 

    There are two different options for completing your EMT training -

        EMT151 and EMT152, two terms, 5 credits each


        EMT153, one term, 10 credits

     Upon successful completion of the coursework the student will be eligible to test for the National/written exam and the Oregon/practical skills exam. Once the candidate successfully passes both those exams, they will earn two EMT licenses, one for the state of Oregon and one as a nationally licensed EMT.

    Chemeketa offers an EMT class every term. The course options vary depending on the term, the class may be a night/weekend class, off-site class, day class, traditional two-term courses or a ten week class. Please check with EMS staff to see which class may fit your schedule. All EMT classes are now offered as a hybrid format and will require regular access to the online Blackboard portal.

    EMT Information Packet


    You must be licensed as an Oregon EMT before seeking the AEMT. In Chemeketa's one-term hybrid AEMT program, you will take your skills to the next level by learning to provide advanced life support to patients before they arrive at the hospital. This is done through a 10-week hybrid course with intense face-to-face labs, live online lectures, hospital clinical, and EMS field experience. Upon successful completion, AEMTs are usually employed in ambulance services and work in partnership with EMTs and paramedics, but this licensure can assist you with employment in other healthcare oriented disciplines too. Chemeketa's program prepares you to take National Registry examinations for licensure in Oregon.

    The AEMT program is a limited entry course. You are required to have a current Oregon EMT license and a current AHA BLS CPR card for this course. You simply apply for admissions to Chemeketa if you are a new student, complete the admissions process through the college and then complete the limited entry application for possible acceptance into this high demand limited enrollment class. After acceptance, you will be notified via email and provided clearance for registration.

    The AEMT program requires a placement test (for new Chemeketa students), proof of High School completion, and it is recommended that you place at or above the following levels -

    • WR080 for writing skills
    • RD080 for reading skills
    • MTH020 for math skills

    Vaccination requirements: Please refer to the specific list that can be obtained in our information packet and/or application packets. Vaccinations are required for all clinical/field experiences and will be due by the designated date. 

    Required Immunizations

    Advanced EMT Application Winter 2018




    Completing Chemeketa's Oregon EMT-I coursework will prepare you for taking state exams leading to licensure. AEMT licensure is required before pursuing an EMT-I license. Students will build on their knowledge in a hospital emergency department or medical clinic under supervision.


    In Chemeketa's nationally-accredited paramedic program, you will take general education courses as well as technical courses devoted to emergency medical services. You will also perform clinical rotations in hospitals and with ambulance services to gain hands-on experience.

    Paramedics are able to work more independently and accept more responsibility in the field.

    You will earn an associate of applied science degree in emergency medical technology, which qualifies you to take the National Registry examinations for certification and to be licensed in the state of Oregon as a paramedic.

    If you are interested in pursuing the Paramedic Degree you must meet the prerequisites and have already completed your EMT Licensure. You must also apply to be admitted into the program. Applications will be accepted in the Fall for the Spring class and in the Spring for the Fall class.

    Paramedic Prerequisites

    Paramedic Information Packet

    Paramedic Application Fall 2018

    Our goals are:

    • Paramedic: "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."
    • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: "To prepare competent entry-level Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains."

    The Chemeketa Community College Paramedic 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 (CoAEMSP).

    Contact CAAHEP

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

    Contact CoAEMSP

    8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
    Rowlett, TX 75008
    FAX 214.703.8992

    The Chemeketa Paramedic program has a 3-year average pass rate on the NREMT and State Written exam of 97.4% and a Practical pass rate of 100%. The retention rate is 87.3%, and the positive placement rate is 95.7%.

     For current information, email brooks@chemeketa.edu or call 503.485.2131.


    Upon entry into all programs (EMT, AEMT, EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic), you will be required to pass a criminal background check provided by a college approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check, continuation in the program will not be possible. If you are arrested during the time you're enrolled in the program, you must notify the program chair of the arrest. Your status in the program will be reviewed by the program chair and the dean to determine your continuation in the program. You are also required to submit to a drug screen.

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