Emergency Medical Services

Do you keep a cool head in a crisis? Are you interested in saving lives? If you answered yes to those questions, you may be interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. Program graduates are eligible to take the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) National Registry Examination upon completion. The program also meets the standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Training and KCTCS-Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). Paramedic program enrollment is limited, and students are required to be a certified EMT prior to entering paramedic program coursework.

Gateway offers two degree tracks:

1) Students wanting to become paramedics- may apply to the paramedic program (see application below) and may obtain either a certificate in Paramedic Technology or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic Technology

2) Students who are already certified paramedics- may apply to Gateway and pursue an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic Technology

Paramedic Career Opportunities

Ambulance services, mobile advanced life support units, industrial on-site units, fire departments, emergency departments, and similar emergency responder organizations.

Wage/Salary Information

Go to www.salary.com and search by job title and zip code for current wage information.

Program Home Campus

Edgewood Campus

Entry Time for Paramedic Program

Fall term (August)


Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Entry time for Paramedics wanting to obtain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic Technology

Students who already have a paramedic certificate and want to obtain an AAS may begin courses toward this degree at any time.


Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Program Length

After any developmental needs and prerequisites are met, and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester, program can be completed in three to four semesters.

Advising Sheet (PDF)
Paramedic Application

Transfer Resources

For more information about how to transfer from Gateway to a four-year university or about how to transfer to Gateway from another college, contact the Gateway Transfer Center at 859-442-1609.


If you are a TANF recipient or qualify as low income under federal guidelines and are interested this program, you may be eligible to attend Gateway Community and Technical College under a special federal grant titled Health Profession Opportunity Grant

For more information about this program contact Dawn Bloemer, Paramedic Program Coordinator, dbloemer0001@kctcs.edu or 859-442-1151