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People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics. CSM’s Emergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates to provide this critical emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Those who enter the field can expect the employment of EMTs and paramedics to grow by thirty-three percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor).

Completion of CSM’s program qualifies graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMT-P) examinations. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical training in a variety of pre-hospital and hospital settings. This program follows the National Education Guidelines developed by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Graduates are employed in settings associated with emergent patient care such as hospitals, emergency and urgent care centers, fire and rescue squads, ambulance services and agencies, and similar organizations. A major objective of CSM’s practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment.

Programs of Study


The College of Southern Maryland EMS program is approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (653 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, 800-762-7157).

The College of Southern Maryland is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

This program has been designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program.

Program Outcomes and Pass Rates


Number of Graduates

Number of Graduates Attempting NREMT

Number of Graduates Passing NREMT written

Number of Graduates Passing NREMT practical


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3-year average