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

Paramedic (Non-credit)

Short Term

This program is a certificate-only, approximately 1000-hour course (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.

Emergency Medical Science Student Achievement Outcome Data

Year Students Started Students Graduated Positive Placement (see note below) Did not Finish Durham Tech Program Completion First Time State Exam Pass Rate State Exam Pass Rate (cumulative) First Time National Exam Pass Rate National Exam Pass Rate (cumulative)
2021-2022 24 19 19 5 79% 100% 100% 78% 100%
2020-2021 24 23 21 1 96% 100% 100% 95% 100%
2019-2020 23 22 22 1 96% 100% 100% 91% 100%

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 Curriculum courses align with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic Instruction (NHTSA). View course equivalency information.


  • EMS-3163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology, or BIO 163, or BIO 168 and BIO 169
  • Completion of college-level math and English courses, or High School Diploma and Placement Test within one year placing you into college-level English and math
  • Current EMT-B or AEMT certification
  • Current CPR for healthcare provider certification

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How to Register

Students are required to attend an information session (listed below) where they will learn more about the program and how to register. Please bring proof of prerequisites to the information session. If no information session is listed, please email for information about upcoming courses.

Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) AAS degree

Students can apply credit for non-credit Paramedic courses towards the the Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) AAS degree program if they wish to advance their education in the future.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees


Contact Hours



Orange County Campus

Suggested Paths

Long Term

(More than 12 months)

University Transfer