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Paramedic Training in Maine with Course Descriptions

Maine has 4 schools that offer paramedic programs. Learn about the courses, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Paramedic Programs in Maine

All paramedic must be licensed for work. In order to be licensed in the state of Maine, students need to pass an approved paramedic program, exams and background checks. Maine requires aspiring paramedics to pass National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exams. Typically, paramedic programs take 2 years to complete, and all students complete practical and clinical training.

Some paramedic programs have entry-level curriculum, and they provide EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic coursework and licensure preparation. Other programs may only be available to students who already possess EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate licensure. Particular admission requirements are explained below. Additionally, all 4 schools prepare students for licensure exams on the paramedic level.

Eastern Maine Community College

Located in Bangor, this community college provides an entry-level associate's degree program in emergency medical services. The 65-credit program has both basic and intermediate EMT coursework. Students also learn about paramedic emergencies through seminars and didactic courses. They must also complete 3 internships and preceptorships.

Kennebec Valley Community College

Fairfield students may earn an advanced emergency care certificate or associate's degree at this school. Both programs require applicants to have EMT-Intermediate licensure. The 28-credit certificate program has paramedic courses and internships. The associate's degree program shares the same curriculum as the certificate program, but students also must earn 29 credits of general education courses.

Northern Maine Community College

This Presque Isle college has a variety of paramedic programs. The entry-level associate's degree program in emergency medical services provides basic, intermediate and paramedic EMT courses. The paramedicine certificate program requires applicants to have EMT-Intermediate licensure. The program covers topics like pharmacology, emergency care and medical emergencies. Students in both programs complete clinical rotations.

The college also offers community paramedicine programs for those who already have paramedic licenses. The 60-credit associate's degree program provides general education and health courses. The 16-credit certificate program is only available to paramedics who have already have associate's degrees.

Southern Maine Community College

This college in South Portland offers an Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine program. Students complete courses in cardiology and trauma management, and 700 hours of clinical experiences are also required. Applicants to the program need to have an EMT-Basic license and prior work experience.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type and Setting Paramedic Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Eastern Maine Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services $3,267 (in-state)*
$5,847 (out-of-state)*
Kennebec Valley Community College 2-year, public; fringe rural Advanced Emergency Care Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Emergency Care
$3,186 (in-state)*
$5,766 (out-of-state)*
Northern Maine Community College 2-year, public; remote town Paramedicine Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services,
Associate in Science in Community Paramedicine,
Advanced Certificate in Community Paramedicine
$3,283 (in-state)*
$5,893 (out-of-state)*
Southern Maine Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine $3,470 (in-state)*
$6,050 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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