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Emergency Medical and Health Services

Programs at Tacoma Community College 


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals are highly trained medical professionals who respond to calls and provide emergency medical care in the pre-hospital setting.

TCC's EMS Program offers training for 2 career levels in this field:

Level 1: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

With the EMT Certificate, you'll provide basic life support and transportation for victims of illness and injury. The EMT program at TCC follows the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines as well as the Washington State Department of Health standards.

August 26, 2021 Admission Update

The online application for the Fall 2021 Emergency Medical Technician is now accessible at  After clicking the link to apply, applicants will need to create an account/register to login. 

Please note this application does not require you to be a current TCC student. Though if accepted into the program, candidates will need to apply for admission to TCC to complete the registration process. 

There will be three options for EMT courses offered for the academic year:

  1. Community-based location: Specifically designed to enhance options for access in underserved Tacoma neighborhoods. Tacoma’s East Side is the anticipated community site for fall 2021. 
  2. IBEST option: Specifically designed for adults and second language learners without college credit or experience. This program provides academic and additional wraparound supports.
  3. Traditional course option

Due to the high volume of interest in the EMT program, TCC will select applicants for specialty cohorts based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, application completion, location, academic preparation, etc.  All others will be randomly selected via a lottery-based system.   

We hope prospective students find the new application to be intuitive and user-friendly.  If you have questions or need help, please email us at   Applicants will have the opportunity to return to this site to edit open applications, up until they click “submit” or until the application deadline of September 7th. 

Note:  If you do not receive an anticipated email from the online application system, please be sure to check your Junk mail.   

In light of evolving needs related to the pandemic, TCC has been fortunate to continue to provide in-person education for our health science programming.  During the last year, TCC has spent significant time in reviewing our application processes in an attempt to streamline protocol and to reduce inequities related to the evolving needs related COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you for your patience while we assessed best practices for candidate selection.

Level 2: Paramedic

With the Paramedic Certificate, you'll build on your EMT training. As a paramedic, you may be employed by the fire department, hospital, or private ambulance companies. You'll be the eyes, ears, and hands of an emergency physician while in the field.

The program is designed to prepare graduates to meet Washington state certification requirements and to take the National Registry EMT-Paramedic examination. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students have the option to pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree.    


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Take Your Career Further 

Paramedic Certificate + Associate of Applied Sciences Degree 

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students have the option to pursue an Associate of Applied Sciences degree by completing 42 additional credits of general education courses as outlined in the curriculum. Those classes may also be taken prior to beginning the Paramedic Education program. 

Community Health BAS 

Students who complete the Paramedic program and Associate of Applied Science Degree may apply for TCC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Health degree, which offers elective tracks in Community Health, Advanced Respiratory Care, and community paramedicine. Learn more about how TCC's Paramedic program can be a starting point for a number of health careers pathways at a Health Careers Info Session


Paramedic Program Application Dates

The application cycle for the 2021 TCC Paramedic program has ended.  Information related to the 2022 application will be available beginning Winter quarter 2022.


The TCC Paramedic Education Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; telephone 727-210-2350, fax 727-210-2354,

Program Outcomes

The information listed below is a requirement requested by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350. 

Paramedic Program Outcomes 


CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2018. 

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 100%. 

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%.  Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as “Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military.”  Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program. 

 The most recent retention rate was 95%.

Outcomes Assessments
Graduation Year, Class of 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Graduates 20 23 22 21 21
Attrition 16.5% 11.5% 1.1% 4.5% 12.5%
Retention 83.3% 88.5% 98.9% 95.5% 87.5%
Positive Placement 95% 100% 95% 90.5% 76.2%
National Registry Written - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Written- Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Practical - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
National Registry Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Written - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Written - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Practical - % of grads Attempting 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Comprehensive Final Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


For information about either program, please email us.

Other Healthcare Programs at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

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Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity. Please note: You will be admitted to the conversation in the order you arrive. Please consider joining us anytime within the scheduled hour. You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253-566-6091 or 

Zoom Lobby Sessions 



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Thursday, June 17 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, July 7 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, August 4 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Thursday, September 9 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session