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Become a Paramedic

Do you want to save lives, rush to emergencies and make advanced critical decisions—all while keeping your cool?

Motlow EMT and Paramedic graduates do.

What is the Difference Between a Paramedic and EMT?

A paramedic is the highest level of EMT. Paramedics receive well over 1000 hours of training. In the field, paramedics can insert an IV, administer drugs and help with pacemakers. There are more EMT personnel than paramedics.



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This program prepares you to earn your Paramedic Associates degree. You will learn:

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This program prepares you to earn your Paramedic Certificate. Certificates are programs of study that vary in length and prepare you for occupational employment. Requirements vary by area of study. You will learn: 

  • Effective communication
  • >Biology, the body and its systems, pathophysiology
  • How to deliver patient care
  • Patient assessment
  • Development and implementation of treatment plans
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Professional behavior
  • Roles and responsibilities in the emergency medical services systems

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Motlow EMS students perform simulated activities


Pass the EMS Exams

After you finish Emergency Medical Training, you can take the State of Tennessee’s Practical Certification Examination. Next, you can take the written exam, administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. 

CAREERS Opportunities

  • Ambulance Paramedic
  • Firefighter Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Field Training Officer
  • Private Industry Paramedic
  • Emergency Management
  • Instructor
  • Hospital Technician
  • Emergency Room Technician

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