Steven Wilson
Orange County Campus, room 108D
919-536-7200, ext. 4219

Paramedic (Continuing Education)

Short Term

This program is a certificate-only, one-year cohort (includes both class and clinical components), that will prepare students to enter the workforce and provide high-quality emergency medical care to critically ill and injured patients.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations at the paramedic level. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, as well as industry, educational and government agencies.

The program prepares students to become competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

The Paramedic Program for 2024-2025 is now open and accepting applications.
Please follow the registration steps below.

Accreditation Information

The Durham Tech EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 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 (CAAHEP)
CAAHEP logo1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
CoAEMSP red, white, and blue logo8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX, 75088


Emergency Medical Science Student Achievement Outcome Data

YearStudents StartedStudents GraduatedPositive Placement (see note below)Did not FinishDurham Tech Program CompletionFirst Time State Exam Pass RateState Exam Pass Rate (cumulative)First Time National Exam Pass RateNational Exam Pass Rate (cumulative)


Note: Per COAEMSP: Positive placement means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in the profession or in a related field; or continuing his/her education; or serving in the military. A related field is one in which the individual is using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies acquired in the educational program.

Durham Tech EMS Core Paramedic courses align with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic Instruction (NHTSA). Students obtaining a state and/or national paramedic certification can apply 47 to 49 credit hours toward the Emergency Medical Science AAS degree program in the future. View course equivalency information.


  • Must attend a mandatory information session prior to registering for course.
  • Must hold a current, valid NC EMT and/or NREMT-B certification
  • Must hold a current, valid AHA CPR Certification
  • Must take Anatomy & Physiology prior to registering for the course
    1. Bio 168 & 169 (only 168 must be completed before the start of class)
    2. Bio 163 + MAT 110
    3. EMS 3163A A&P for Paramedics
    4. Other previously taken Anatomy & Physiology will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • Must show proof of college-level math and reading:
    1. Proof of post-secondary degree (AS, BS, BA, MS….) OR
    2. Submit proof of High School Diploma or GED – PLUS one of the following:
      1. NCDAP, ACT, SAT, HiSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET scores from the last 12 months that show proof of acceptable scores for Math and English
      2. College transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111) or higher and completion of a college level Math
      3. Demonstrate mastery on RISE English placement Tier 2 OR successfully complete ENG-002 through Tier 2 (grade of P2) AND RISE Math placement Tier 1
  • Must be able to satisfy our Technical Standards

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Policy on Advanced Placement, Transfer Credit, & Experiential Learning

Durham Tech’s EMS Educational Program does not accept Advanced Placement or Transfer credit for any of our core paramedic classes. Credit for EMS 110 may be given via experiential learning by applicants holding a current, valid, EMT-B certification.

How to Register

Students are required to attend an EMS Information Session (listed below) where they will learn more about the program and how to register as a Continuing Education and Curriculum certification student. If no information session is listed, please email for information about upcoming courses.

Upcoming Program Events

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Contact Hours



Orange County Campus

Suggested Paths

Long Term

(More than 12 months)

University Transfer