Which Schools Offer Paramedic Training in Massachusetts?

Find out which Massachusetts schools offer paramedic training. See requirements, prerequisites, and school information, and learn about the job prospects for a paramedic career in Massachusetts. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Students interested in paramedic training programs in Massachusetts may elect to earn a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree as a paramedic. Certificate programs may be earned in 12-18 months, associate's degrees generally require enrollment of about two years for full-time students, and a bachelor's degree may be conferred after four years of study. Because all paramedic training programs include an element of clinical work or internship, admission requirements may include a background check, drug screening, immunization records, and/or liability insurance. Most paramedic programs in Massachusetts are offered by two-year, public schools, but there is at least one four-year, private institution that offers a program, as well.


Certificate Programs for Paramedics in Massachusetts

MassBay Community College

  • Program Name: Certificate in Paramedicine
  • Program Length: 1 year full-time
  • Tuition: $24 per credit for in-state residents; $230 per credit for out-of-state residents (cost for 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Must be 18 years old by OEMS examination start date, CPR certification, Massachusetts EMT-Basic (EMT-B) certification, criminal background and sex offender checks
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 5,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
  • Phone: 781-239-3000

Offered through its Division of Health Sciences, MassBay Community College offers a 32-credit program leading to a Certificate in Paramedicine. The program is available in day and evening sessions. After a year of didactic, laboratory and practical clinical instruction, the program culminates in a summer field internship. Courses such as anatomy and physiology, neonatal and pediatric advanced life support, medical emergencies, cardiology and pharmacology are covered. Completion of this OEMS-accredited program can qualify you sit for the Massachusetts paramedic certification examination.

Northern Essex Community College

  • Program Name: Certificate in Paramedic Technology
  • Program Length: Approximately 1 year full-time
  • Tuition: $25 per credit for in-state residents; $38 per credit for New England residents; $266 per credit for all others (cost for fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: One year of EMT work experience
  • Admission Requirements: Massachusetts EMT-B certification, criminal background and sex offender checks, CPR certification, drug screening, immunization records, professional liability insurance
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 7,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
  • Phone: 978-556-3000

Northern Essex Community College offers an OEMS-accredited program leading to a Certificate in Paramedic Technology. In addition to two courses in English composition, you're required to complete courses in biology and biology lab; medical, cardiovascular and trauma emergencies; neonatal and pediatric care; pharmacology; and paramedicine. Most courses consist of didactic and practical sessions. You'll have the chance to participate in hospital rounds and field experiences.

Quinsigamond Community College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services Certificate: Paramedic Technician
  • Program Length: 18 months full-time
  • Tuition: $24 per credit for in-state residents; $230 per credit for out-of-state residents (cost for fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: One year of EMT-B work experience or equivalent
  • Admission Requirements: CPR certification, drug test, criminal background and sex offender checks, immunization record, Massachusetts EMT-B certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 9,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 670 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • Phone: 508-853-2300

Quinsigamond Community College's OEMS-accredited program includes courses in neonatal and pediatric emergencies, patient assessment, pre-hospital care, pharmacology, trauma, cardiology and human systems. Your two final courses are clinical placement and field placement. Using a preceptor approach, clinical placement gives you a chance to experience rotations in several clinical hospital settings. Field placement focuses on real-life pre-hospital settings and also uses a preceptor approach. Before you can participate in field placement, you must become certified in ACLS.


Associate's Degree Programs for Paramedics in Massachusetts

Northern Essex Community College

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Paramedic Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years full-time
  • Tuition: $25 per credit for in-state residents; $38 per credit for New England residents; $266 per credit for all others (cost for fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: One year of EMT work experience
  • Admission Requirements: Massachusetts EMT-B certification, criminal background and sex offender checks, CPR certification, drug screening, immunization records, professional liability insurance
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 7,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
  • Phone: 978-556-3000

This OEMS-accredited program requires a number of general education courses, including English composition, math, Spanish and social science. Core courses include pathophysiology, ACLS, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation, in addition to clinical and field placement sections. Upon completion of the program, you may be able to sit for the Massachusetts and NREMT certification examinations for paramedics.

Quinsigamond Community College

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Paramedic Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years full-time
  • Tuition: $24 per credit for in-state residents; $230 per credit for out-of-state residents (cost for fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: One year of EMT-B work experience or equivalent
  • Admission Requirements: CPR certification, drug test, criminal background and sex offender checks, immunization record, Massachusetts EMT-B certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; over 9,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 670 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • Phone: 508-853-2300

The 70-credit associate's degree program is accredited by OEMS. In addition to general education courses, the program includes such courses as lifespan and healthcare issues, neonatal and pediatric emergencies, pre-hospital care, patient assessment and psychology. You'll also be required to complete clinical and field placement sections. Quinsigamond also offers a 15-week, online OEMS- and NREMT-approved refresher course, which is necessary for the renewal of your license.


Bachelor's Degree Program for Paramedics in Massachusetts

Springfield College

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time
  • Tuition: $31,690 per academic year for full-time (12-18 credits per semester) students; $940 per credit for part-time (less than 12 credits per semester) students (cost for 2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, private, not-for-profit; over 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students
  • Address: Emergency Medical Services Department, Herbert P. Blake Hall, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
  • Phone: 413-748-3766

Through its School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitative Studies, you can pursue a bachelor's degree and take courses that lead to certification as an EMT at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels, depending on your level of experience upon entry. A number of local ambulance services offer per-diem employment for qualified students. In addition to EMS training at all levels, the program includes courses in search and rescue management, business, accounting, emergency vehicle and facility design, human resources management and psychology. You're also required to complete a senior project and serve internships as a paramedic and as an EMS management trainee.


Licensure Requirements for Paramedics in Massachusetts

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all states require paramedics to be licensed, but requirements vary by state. In Massachusetts, the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health determines licensure for paramedics. In order to be licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) in Massachusetts, you must already hold a basic EMT certification, be at least 18 years old, free from any mental or physical impairment and hold current certifications in CPR, basic life saving (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).

You must have completed a formal, OEMS-accredited paramedic program followed by a department-approved examination, which contains written and practical skills tests. A 48-hour refresher course and 25 hours of continuing education at the paramedic level are needed to recertify by the date listed on the paramedic's EMT card. Some states may require the completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination, too.

Salary and Employment Information for Paramedics

In a May 2011 survey, the BLS determined the mean annual salary for EMTs and paramedics to be close to $38,000. This exceeds the national figure by nearly $3,500. The BLS also projected that nationwide employment opportunities for EMTs and paramedics were expected to increase 33% from 2010-2020. This is much faster than the national average for all occupations. This may be due in part to the continued occurrence of natural disasters, accidents and acts of violence, as well as the increase in senior citizen-related emergencies.

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