Jul 31, 2021  
2017-2018 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2017-2018 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nationally Registered Paramedic Certificate (516)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Catalog Search

A cooperative program between Shore Health System and Chesapeake College.

Award: Certificate

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Nationally Registered Paramedic Certificate program prepares students for entry-level Paramedic positions. The curriculum follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and prepares EMT-Intermediate or CRT licensed individuals to acquire the skills necessary to take the national certification and state protocol examinations for Paramedics. The certificate is designed so that students may progress to the Emergency Medical Services Degree.

Program Description: The Nationally Registered Paramedic Certificate allows the Nationally Registered EMT-Intermediate to transition to Paramedic. The curriculum follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and includes didactic, laboratory, and clinical rotations. This certificate may be allied to the requirements for an Associate of Allied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services. A grade of “C” or better in the NRP courses is required to progress in the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor in planning an appropriate program.

Program Goals: The Nationally Registered Paramedic Certificate program will:

  • Maintain a National Registry pass rate that is at least 10 percent higher than the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) standard and a retention rate that exceeds CAAHEP standards.
  • Prepare students for entry-level employment as a paramedic or for further study in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Implement advanced patient assessments, clinical skills and therapeutic procedures on medical and trauma patients.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients suffering from medical illness or traumatic injuries.
  • Interpret collected data from charts and patients.
  • Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other medical professionals.
  • Evaluate professional responsibilities concerning ethical issues that may be present in an emergency medical services environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess and treat patients in emergency settings.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent (official transcripts required).
  2. Current BLS CPR certification.
  3. National Registry EMT-Intermediate card or CRT license.
  4. Admissions application to Chesapeake College.
  5. Completion of the College’s placement exams in English, reading, and mathematics administered through the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Services.
  6. An appropriate score on the placement English and reading exams or complete ENG 093+  /ENG 094+  and MAT 023  (if indicated through the placement process) prior to beginning the program.

Admissions Procedures: Candidates will be selected based on a point system with residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties being given priority.

  1. Apply for admission to Chesapeake College.
  2. Request program information and application at www.chesapeake.edu/alliedhealth or from the Center for Allied Health.
  3. Complete program application form and submit to the Center for Allied Health prior to March 31.
  4. The applicant’s ALS affiliation must complete the EMS Application Evaluation Form and mail the completed form to the EMS Program Director for review and inclusion in the application packet.
  5. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Committee reserves the right to request an interview to obtain additional information or clarification. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTICE:  Enrollment in the NRP Program is limited and admission is competitive. Meeting the program requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Gainful Employment Information

For More Information, Contact:
Ms. Lorraine Holden, Nursing and Allied Health Advisor
Dorchester Building, Room D-139
410-822-5400, ext. 2203


Mr. Jon Longest, Program Director
Health Professions & Athletics Center, Room 203C
410-822-5400, ext. 2724

This program has been approved for funding under the Workforce Investment Act. For more information, contact the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board at: 410-822-1716.

Program Requirements

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Minimum Required Credits: 28


Field work, clinical placements, and certification/licensure may involve drug testing and/or background checks performed at the student’s expense.


+ See course description for details.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Catalog Search