EMS Applicant

For more information about the EMS program at EMCC and its collaboration with Atlantic Partners EMS, visit the Atlantic Partners website,  www.apems.org, or call  207-974-4880.

General Information – Program Pathways

The EMS program provides individuals who work (or seek to work) with ambulance services, rescue squads, fire services, and other first responder organizations the opportunity to earn either a certificate or an associate in applied science degree OR to obtain licensure at the various levels (without earning a college credential).

  • The certificate in Emergency Medical Services is designed for individuals who seek to earn a certificate in EMS and/or to become licensed at the EMT (Basic) level.
  • The Advanced EMT (Intermediate) Pathway is designed for individuals who are currently licensed (or licensable) as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s).
  • The Advanced Life Skills (Paramedic) Pathway is designed for individuals who are currently licensed as Advanced EMT’s.

Program Prerequisites

The following courses/requirements must be completed prior to the established deadlines.

  • for EMT (Basic) Pathway:  A high school level algebra 1 and a lab science course is required for entry to the certificate program.
  • for Advanced EMT (Intermediate) Pathway:  EMT licensure or eligibility to become licensed is required. Additionally, a high school level algebra 1 and a lab science course is required for entry to the associate degree program.
  • for Advanced Life Skills (Paramedic) Pathway:  Advanced EMT licensure prior to Advanced Life Skills Pathway coursework beginning. Additionally, a high school level algebra 1 and a lab science course is required for entry to the associate degree program.


Applications for the certificate program are accepted up to one year prior to the semester in which individuals plan to enroll and must be submitted at least 14 calendar days before the beginning of the semester.

Applications for A-EMT classes are accepted up to one month prior to the start date of the class(es), as are applications for the associate degree program.

Applications for ALS classes are accepted up to one month prior to the start date of the class, as are applications for the associate degree program.

Required Documentation and Selection Materials

All applicants to A-EMT, ALS or the associate degree program will be mailed an EMS Application Packet from the EMCC Admissions Office upon receipt of the application (EMT-Basic applicants are not required to complete the Packet or Medical Knowledge Exam). These materials are also available at the Admissions Forms and Resources link.  Required documentation, which will be used in the selection process, must be sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office, and includes:

  • Application for Admission including $20 fee (waived if individual applies online). Either print from the Forms and Resources page or click here to apply online.
  • EMS Evaluation Packet including confidential recommendations from 1) your service chief or work supervisor; 2) your most recent EMS instructor, service training officer, or service medical director; and 3) a personal reference who can reasonably comment on your abilities.  Applicants must provide each evaluator with the evaluation form and an addressed envelope which should be returned directly by the evaluator to the EMCC Admissions Office.  Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to assure that the evaluators have submitted the evaluations to the Admissions Office before the established deadline (see above). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Accuplacer Pre-Entrance Exams. Applicants are required to pass a WritePlacer and a Reading Comprehension Exam (cost $9), as well as a Medical Knowledge Exam (see below) as part of the application process.  Applicants must call the Admissions Office before the application deadline at 207-974-4621 to schedule the [Accuplacer] WritePlacer and Reading Comprehension Exams.  Those individuals who may be planning to complete the associate degree program may want to take the arithmetic/algebra portion of the exam as well, as it may be required later (additional cost of $6).
  • Medical Knowledge Exam. The Medical Knowledge Exam is based upon a standard study guide reference.  The reference for the this cycle is Brady 12th edition chapters 4,5 & 6. The text can be downloaded for free by clicking hereIf applicants do not have a copy of this text, please notify the Atlantic Partners EMS (APEMS) Office for a copy of the referenced materials.  All test questions will be drawn from this material.  The Medical Knowledge Exam date for applicants to both the Advanced EMT and Advanced Life Skills pathways will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015, at 5 pm in room 217, Penobscot Hall, EMCC Bangor Campus.

Individuals interested in not only earning a license, but also a college credential, are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at 207-974-4621 or admissions@emcc.edu to discuss options. Financial Aid monies are not available to students who choose not to matriculate into a program of study. Individuals accepted for either the Advanced EMT or Advanced Life Skills Pathway will have the option of either matriculating into the Emergency Medical Services associate degree program or attending EMCC as a non-degree seeking student. In order to apply for admission to the Emergency Medical Services associate degree program, additional documentation is required:

  • All previous transcripts (high school, adult education and college and universities);  Regardless of whether transfer credit is being sought, applicants must disclose all prior colleges attended. Failure to furnish all information on past education may constitute adequate reason for disqualification of your acceptance or subsequent dismissal from the College as well as possible retraction or denial of financial aid funds.

Selection Timeline and Process

The selection process used for the Emergency Medical Services Pathways involves an objective assessment of each applicant’s documentation including prerequisite coursework, pre-admission test results and references.

The Advanced EMT classes are scheduled to begin in January and again in September. The Advanced Life Skills courses are scheduled to begin in September. Selection of candidates will be made in as soon as practical.