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EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic CONSORTIUM

Why choose our Paramedic Program?

  • Classes start every 6 months and run only 3 days per week
  • One (1) year from start to finish
  • Students are eligible for scholarships and financial aid
  • Bridge Program for Employment is available
  • Clinical Internships at Baystate Health System & Trinity Health System
  • Field Internships with a variety of ambulance services providers
  • State of the art training center with multiple high fidelity simulation rooms
  • During simulation and practical sessions, one instructor per every 5 students

APPLY NOW

If interested, please click on the "Apply Now" link and fill out an application.

Application Process

If interested, please click on the "Apply Now" link and fill out an admissions application for our paramedic program and one of our staff members will contact you!  During the phone call, an in-person information session will be scheduled with you.  The in-person information session allows you an opportunity to meet our staff, tour our facilities, have your questions answered, and register for the class.  All information sessions are held at:


EMT Academy

55 Main St. Bldg B Ste 200 

Chicopee, MA 01020.  


Course Schedule


EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium offers

  • Two (2) paramedic programs each year, with classes starting in September and March.
  • Both programs run for eleven and a half months, allowing you to achieve National Registry certification within one year.

Classes meet on

  • Mondays & Fridays from 0800-1600
  • Wednesdays Nights from 1800-2200.

The last twenty weeks of both programs are dedicated to clinical practicum and field internships. Students continue to attend classes on Wednesday nights but are given a more flexible schedule outside class times to accommodate field internships and clinical rotations.

Course Cost - $12,995

 EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium Paramedic Program all-inclusive course tuition is $12,995.00, which includes:

  • earn a year’s worth of college credits
  • his or her own tablet
  • multiple textbooks
  • required uniforms
  • malpractice insurance
  • immunizations
  • drug testing (as required by the clinical sites)
  • access to our state-of-the-art training facility
  • access to our resource library
  • student lab and extra help sessions
  • clinical internship placement
  • clinical rotations that allow the student to meet all clinical competency requirements through patient assessment and skill performance
  • field internship placement
  • multiple class certifications; including CPR, ACLS, PALS, AMLS, PHTLS, GEMS, etc.

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Deposit

 Students who are accepted into the course, after an admission interview, must pay an initial deposit of $2,000 to hold their seat in the course. A second deposit of $2,000 will be due at orientation approximately 3 weeks prior to the course start date. The remaining balance must be paid in full on the first date of the class, unless the student has set up a payment plan with EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium.

Available payment options include cash, check, bank check, money order, credit card (American Express, Visa, Master Card, Discover) and purchase orders from municipalities, fire departments, and lending institutions.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid are available to qualified candidates, also we offer payment plans to qualified individuals.  Payment options, available scholarships, and financial aid options will be discussed during your information session. 

Refund Policy

Students who terminate enrollment (including voluntary resignation, illness, suspension, or involuntary resignation or dismissal) may be eligible for a refund in accordance with our current policies. 

Employment

 EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium Paramedic Program teach to the National Registry standards and the student tests with the National Registry to be certified as a Paramedic.  The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States and 46 states use the National Registry certification as a basis for licensure.


EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium Paramedic Program offer a Bridge Program for employment.  EMT Academy Bridge Program provides qualified students with an opportunity for employment with an Ambulance Services Provider.

What is a Paramedic?

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium Paramedic Training Program (“Paramedic Program”) is a twelve-month course designed to prepare students to successfully pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certifying exam. The course includes a mix of both didactic (e.g. classroom) and clinical experiences that provide students with the basic medical knowledge, clinical reasoning, and judgment, and psychomotor skills necessary to function as competent and safe entry-level paramedic in the emergency pre-hospital and inter-facility transfer environments. 

The course is divided into two parts: 


  • The first six months are spent primarily in the classroom and focus on developing the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor competencies necessary to function in a clinical environment. This portion of the course consists of two full days (8 hours) on Monday and Wednesday and one evening (4 hours) Wednesday of didactic time per week. A mixture of lectures, small-group discussions, simulations, skills stations, and self-directed learning experiences are utilized to introduce students to the essential knowledge and concepts they must master to become effective clinicians. Students can expect to dedicate a significant amount of time outside of class reading, studying, completing homework assignments, and preparing for quizzes and exams during this portion of the course. Students also complete all necessary certification courses (e.g. ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, GEMS) during this time. 


  • The second part of the course is 6 months of intensive clinical rotations in the hospital and field settings. Students complete rotations in an emergency department where they gain experience assessing and diagnosing patients under the direct supervision of experienced ED clinicians. Students also gain significant experience with most of the important psychomotor skills (e.g. intravenous access, medication administration, patient assessment, etc) during this time. Students also complete rotations in labor and delivery, the operating room (for airway management experience), and optionally the intensive care unit. Following the in-hospital rotations, students complete field experience where they accompany working paramedics on actual emergency incidents. This experience affords students the greatest insight and most accurate representation of the working environment, expectations, and challenges faced by active paramedics. Although they are expected to perform skills in this environment, the primary aim of field internship is to give students experience functioning as “team leader” on emergency calls, responsible for both patient assessment and treatment decisions, under the direct supervision of experienced pre-hospital clinicians. Following the successful completion of ride time, students will have gained significant experience operating in the real-work clinical environment unique to pre-hospital medicine. 

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Paramedic Program must meet the following requirements at the start of the program:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age
  • Be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, or be eligible for such certification
  • Have the equivalent of (1) year of service at the EMT level with at least (100) patient contacts (will need to present verification from employer(s).
  • Be capable of all duties and requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services as described in 105 CMR 170.000
  • Provide evidence that student has health insurance
  • Provide evidence of having received all required vaccinations & medical screening tests
  • Submit to a pre-enrollment drug screening test and pass
  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) screening and compliance with CORI policy
  • Prospective students will be interviewed and will take a basic life support entry examination.

Certification Process

At the completion of the course, students sit for the NREMT paramedic written exam and must obtain a passing score to progress to the next phase of testing. Students will take the NREMT practical exam, which will occur after the scheduled end of ride time, in general. The practical exam takes place at EMT Academy, and students will complete a review period in the days leading up to the exam.


Successful completion of all portions of the paramedic program not only more-than-adequately prepares students to be successful on both components of the certifying exam but equips them with the knowledge, judgment, and experience necessary to begin their careers as paramedics, practicing the art and science of medicine in one of the most dynamic, challenging, and rewarding environments imaginable.

School Accreditation

EMT Academy is an accredited training institution under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. 


EMT Academy and HCC Paramedic Consortium Paramedic Program have been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professionals (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.*