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Emergency Medical Technology

The emergency medical technology field is full of opportunities for people who want to make a difference in others’ lives in a challenging, fast-paced environment.

What can I do in emergency medical technology?

Emergency medical service (EMS) providers most often give emergency care to patients in a pre-hospital setting, but hospital and clinical opportunities are also available. They care for patients on the scene and transport them to a medical facility, if necessary. EMS providers respond to incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, drownings, gunshot wounds and childbirth. In South Carolina there are three levels of EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic. Each level has a specific skill range and required educational background.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Successful emergency medical service providers should be able to think quickly on their feet and display grace under pressure. A strong character is also important as well as good interpersonal skills and a desire to help people. EMS providers work with individuals who are scared and in pain, so it is vital that they are caring and communicate well.

Where can I work?

EMS providers can find jobs in private ambulance services and local government, including fire, police and independent third-service rescue squad departments. They are also hired in urgent care, large factories, nuclear and power plants, and doctor’s offices and clinics. This career offers more freedom than most. You are not tied to a desk, and you do not have a supervisor standing over your shoulder. Working in the field offers a variety of scheduling opportunities with 12-hour shifts and 24-hour shifts being the most common.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College offers two associate degrees and three certificates at various EMS levels. The first level, EMT, focuses on assessing the patient and managing respiratory, trauma and cardiac emergencies. At the Advanced EMT level, students learn how to use advanced airway devices, intravenous fluids and some medications. The Paramedic level includes advanced anatomy, physiology and medical skills as well as work in field and clinical settings.


The Trident Technical College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Programs
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 241.703.8445 | Fax: 214.703.8992

Program Goals

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedics in the Cognitive (knowledge), Psycomotor (Skills), and Affective (Behavior) Learning Domains, with possible exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician and the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician levels.

Program Outcomes

Grade Rate

Year Grade Rate
2012 87.5%
2013 93.3%
2014 100%
2015       92%

National Registry of EMT - EMT

Year Program National
2012     90% 82%
2013 81% 81%
2014 89% 79%
2015 94% 78%
2016 Pending 79%

National Registry of EMT - Advanced EMT

Year Program National
2012     N/A 84%
2013 N/A 85%
2014 100% 76%
2015 83% 71%

National Registry of EMT - Paramedic

Year Program National
2012     94% 88%
2013 100% 89%
2014 79% 89%
2015 94% 86%
2016 Pending 83%


Year Percentage
2012 100%
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015       100%