Take your healthcare career to the next level.
Paramedics are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who have received additional training, are able to interact more with patients and play a critical role as first responders. Bunker Hill Community College offers two Paramedic Studies programs to give you the training you need to become a certified Paramedic. Each program prepares students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic written and practical examinations. Once you’ve passed these national exams, you’ll be ready to advance to a rewarding career as a Paramedic.
Choose the Paramedic Studies program that is right for you:
Associate Degree in Paramedic Studies
With this associate degree program, you’ll get not only a certificate of completion in Paramedic Studies, but also a college degree under your belt. An associate degree can increase your salary potential and also open doors for future career advancement.
Certificate in Paramedic Studies
This program gives you the same Paramedic Studies training as the associate degree option, but can be completed in a shorter amount of time (about 15 months). You won’t get an associate degree, but you’ll still have the training you need to prepare you for the NREMT Paramedic exams and start your career as a Paramedic. If you decide you want to pursue your associate degree after completing this certificate program, you can enroll in that program and only be a few courses away from your degree.
About the Programs
The Paramedics programs at BHCC provide instruction in advanced emergency pre-hospital medical skills including patient assessment, advanced airway management, vascular access, EKG interpretation and treatment, emergency pharmacology, management of medical and traumatic emergencies, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and International Trauma Life Support/Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support.
The programs, which follow the National Standard EMT-Paramedic Curriculum, meet and/or exceed the requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Emergency Medical Services a subsidiary of CAAHEP and the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Professionals. Our experienced instructors utilize state-of-the art patient simulation equipment, including a self-contained, motion activated ambulance simulator located within our newly constructed EMS Classroom, located on the Chelsea Campus.
Visit the program requirements page for the Associate Degree and Certificate Program for information on prerequisites and requirements for each program.
Why become a Paramedic?
A paramedic certification is the next step in the healthcare career path for an EMT. Certified paramedics are EMTs who have undergone additional training, and are better prepared to care for patients in emergency situations as they are transported to hospitals for treatment. Paramedic salaries tend to be significantly higher than those of EMTs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics.
Ready to Apply?
Check out one of our free information sessions to get all of your questions answered about the paramedics programs at BHCC. Once you’re ready, you can apply online at or in person at our Chelsea Campus.