Diploma and Associate Degree Programs
What is a Paramedic?
Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than an EMT. A paramedic may administer medications, interpret EKGs, perform intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment. A paramedic may work for local government, ambulance services, or in the hospital emergency room. Starting salaries are approximately $35,000 per year. Learn more about the career at www.navta.net
. The Gwinnett Tech Paramedicine program was Georgia's first
nationally accredited program.
Minimum Age Requirement
18 years of age at the start of program
(Minimum 2.5 GPA)
- ENGL 1010 OR ENGL 1101
- FYES 1000
- MATH 1012 OR MATH 1111
- PSYC 1010 OR PSYC 1101
- ALHS 1011*
- ENGL 1101
- FYES 1000
- MATH 1111
- PSYC 1101
- BIOL 2113/L* and BIOL 2114/L* OR
BIOL 2113/L* and BIOL 2114/L*
*These courses cannot be more than 5 years old at time of program application.
Length of Program
3 semesters (not including prerequisite courses); Program courses must be taken in sequence within the prescribed time frame.
Required for completion of the degree, but are NOT pre-requisites.
Select one area IV course.
Select one additional 3-hour course from General Education. This course must be taken from Area I, Area II, Area III, or Area IV.
Semester Program Begins
Lawrenceville Campus: Summer Semester; Day classes 3/ week.
Alpharetta North-Fulton Campus: Spring Semester; Day classes; 3/week.
General Admission Application Process
- Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required. You must be accepted into Gwinnett Technical College prior to applying to a program of study.
- Applicants are initially accepted into the Healthcare Assistant Certificate program while completing the required prerequisite courses
Program Application Process
1. Applicants must be a Georgia licensed EMT-I or AEMT OR a nationally registered EMT-I or AEMT and must provide a copy of their license/registration.
2. All applicants are required to submit a program packet. Forms are available online at Gwinnett Tech's Forms and Documents Page.
- Summer Application Deadline: March 22
Prerequisite Deadline: End of Spring Semester
- Spring Application Deadline: December 1
Prerequisite Deadline: End of Fall Semester
3. Program director approval is required to enroll.
Fall Application deadline: June 1
Acceptance into the Paramedicine program is based on: GPA of all prerequisite courses and GA licensed EMT-I or AEMT OR a nationally registered EMT-I or AEMT and must provide a copy of their license/registration.
Program Costs and Requirements
A student can expect to pay on top of tuition: approximately $850 for: Uniforms; malpractice insurance; textbooks; criminal background checks & drug screening; FISDAP clinical scheduler; immunizations for clinicals; National Registry Exam; National Registry practical exam site fee; Georgia state licensure & Background check; other incidental costs. All costs are approximated and are subject to change.
|2015 Median Pay
||$31,980 per year / $15.38 per hour
|Entry Level Education
||Associate's degree and Diploma
|Number of Jobs, 2014
|Job growth, 2014-24
||24% (much faster than average)
Nature of the Work
Paramedics and EMTs represent the first response of the emergency medical system. Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs. In addition to carrying out the procedures of the other levels, paramedics administer medications, interpret EKGs, perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment. Specific duties that paramedics are permitted to perform vary by state regulations.
Once they arrive on a scene, paramedics and EMTs assess the nature of the patient’s condition, while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following protocols and guidelines, they provide emergency care and transport the patient to a medical facility. Paramedics and EMTs operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.
Paramedics and EMTs use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. These workers generally work in teams. During the transport of a patient, one drives, while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care, as needed. At the medical facility, paramedics and EMTs help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to emergency department staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment.
Paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. These workers are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses or experiencing injuries on the job than workers in other occupations. They risk noise-induced hearing loss from sirens and back injuries from lifting patients. In addition, paramedics may be exposed to communicable diseases, such as Hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as to violence from mentally unstable or combative patients. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Many paramedics are required to work more than 40 hours a week. Because emergency services function 24 hours a day, paramedics may have irregular working hours.
Paramedics and EMTs held about 241,200 jobs nationally in 2014. Employment of paramedics and EMTs is expected to grow 24 percent between 2014 and 2024.
Median annual wages nationally of EMTs and paramedics were $31,980 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,860 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $55,110.