Degrees and Programs
The Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Program and the accelerated paramedic diploma program from Northeast give students the skills they need to be successful professionals in the paramedic field. The two program options give students the flexibility to earn a credential that helps them achieve their goals in a format that fits in their life. Evening classes and self-scheduling clinical and field time provide working students with access to a high-quality paramedic program. Upon graduation, students have the required knowledge and skills to care for patients who are injured due to trauma or suffer from medical problems.
Accelerated Paramedic Diploma Program
The Accelerated Paramedic Diploma program is a 43.25 credit hour program designed to be completed in one year. Students start the program in August and are done and ready to sit for the National Registry Paramedic exam the following August. Upon completion of the accelerated diploma program, students have the opportunity to continue on and receive their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine by completing an additional 15 credit hours of general education courses.
Associate of Applied Science Degree Paramedic Program
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is 62.25 credit hour program that can be completed in two years. Students take courses such as pre-hospital trauma life support, advance medical life support, clinical practicums, field practicums, paramedic labs and an internship. In addition, students complete 21 credit hours of general education courses which allows them to earn an associate degree.
EMT/Paramedic Lab Tour
Courses and Program Options
We understand students have options, and we are committed to providing students with a learning environment that fosters student success in the classroom and in the workforce. The programs combine high-quality academics with high-impact experiences.
- Northeast provides a one or two year program option to meet the goals and scheduling needs of students.
- The programs consists of more clinical and field time than any other Paramedic program in Nebraska.
- The program offers cutting edge technology to provide students with more opportunities such as Simulation by Immersion which replaces real-world surroundings convincingly enough that users are able to suspend disbelief and fully engage with the created environment which includes real sights, sounds and smells. It maintains safety and realism while rescuing pts from a mob, a burning building, a cattle yard or pulling them from the water.
- Expert faculty are committed to each student’s success. They are qualified, licensed instructors who are actively working in the 911 field and/or Critical Care Paramedicine.
- The programs prepare students to pass testing for licensure not only through daily coursework, but with three mock National Registry psychomotor skills testing sessions and written test taking skill sessions.
- Upon successful completion of the program, students will also have earned the following certifications:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Life Support (PALS)
- Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
- Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
- Students are expected to perform skills as they learn from expert faculty.
- One third of the experience is in the classroom and is taught through scenarios with 2 fully stocked ambulances used during every class period, one-third of the program is clinical experience and one-third of the program teaches students through field work.
- Simulation by Immersion makes classroom training real and safe with simulated sights, sounds and smells that make students feel like they are in a real situation.
- The lab is equipped with radios/computers, a EMS Dispatch Center and a hospital emergency department environment with multiple beds and patients of all ages. Multiple hi fidelity mannikins are used for realistic simulation.
- A cat intubation lab provides students the opportunity to closely imitate intubating a baby.
- Every student completes OR intubations.
- Landing zone training with LifeNet, local air medical service, is part of the program
- The final project is experience with a mock mass casualty incident involving community fire, aircraft and rescue squads.
- Northeast Community College’s Paramedic program goal is to prepare competent, entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
- Northeast’s paramedic programs have a zero drop rate due to academics. Instructors are committed to providing individual help when needed.
- In the program, students learn test taking skills for the written National Registry Exam and 3-5 complete mock National Registry Psychomotor Exams.
- Your instructors not only teach, but work as paid professionals in the paramedic field and bring their experience to the classroom.
- After successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians –Paramedic exam, and acquire a Nebraska license to practice as an advanced provider. This program is approved through the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure. EMT-Basic (current EMT certification or licensure) is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Northeast Paramedic program.
- The Northeast Community 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).
- Northeast Community College is an approved EMS training agency able to conduct courses for EMR, EMT and Paramedic through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
- Enrollment in this program is limited and based on date of application and date of obtaining National Registry EMT Certification.
- The Paramedic programs follow Northeast Community College’s policies on advanced placement, transfer of credits and experiential learning.
- Entrance into the program requires students to:
- hold an active BLS for Health Care Provider CPR card
- have completed EMT training (if you still need EMT training, request program information and we can help you find EMT courses at Northeast)
- hold a valid National Registry EMT certification and/or a current EMT state license
- License age requirement for EMT or Paramedic in Nebraska is 18 years old. Students may take the courses and test before becoming 18.
- Many health care providers require a criminal background check prior to employment. Students will be required to submit to a criminal background check prior to the Paramedic clinical courses. Individuals with a criminal record may not be eligible to complete clinical education in some settings based on the results of their criminal background check.
- Career Scholarships-Awards up to $5,000 per school year are available. (First time freshman college student or transfer student)
- GAP Program (Income Based)
- EMT/Paramedic Scholarships
- Paramedic Tuition Reimbursement from State (no income guidelines) with successful passing of National Registry $1,500.00 -$5,100.00
- EMT Tuition Reimbursement from State (no income guidelines) with successful passing of National Registry $220.00 –$775.00
Carol Rodenborg RN, CFRN
EMS/Paramedic Program Director
Allied Health/EMS Administrative Assistant
To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
FAX (727) 210-2354
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992
|1 year Diploma||2 year AAS Degree||Total Program|
|Positive Job Placement||100%||87.4%||94.7%|
|National Registry Cognitive Pass Rate||100%||87.4%||94.7%|
People's lives often depend on the quick reactions and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, medical transport companies or hospitals. Employment for EMTs and paramedics is growing! Job prospects are good, particularly in cities, rural hospitals and private ambulance services.
Careers could include:
- Ambulance Services
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Health Education
- Inpatient Emergency Care
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for a Paramedic in Nebraska is between $46,00-$53,000.