EMS Applicant

Atlantic Partners EMS, visit the Atlantic Partners website,  www.apems.org, or call 207-974-4880.

Program Information and Timeline

The EMS program provides individuals who 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 Advanced EMT pathway is designed for individuals who are currently licensed (or licensable)  at the EMT-Basic level and the Advanced Life Skills pathway is designed for individuals who are currently licensed  (or licensable) at the Advanced EMT level.

Applications for the EMS program will be accepted on a rolling basis each year. Generally, EMS123 (EMT-Basic) is offered each fall, spring and summer semester. The Advanced EMT (Intermediate) and Advanced Life Skills (Paramedic) courses generally begin each fall.

An application for admission is required of individuals seeking to enroll in any of the following:

  • EMS certificate program (includes EMT-Basic, A-EMT & 7 credits of general education coursework.)
  • EMS associate degree program (includes A-EMT, ALS & 23 credits of general education courses.)
  • Licensure at the A-EMT level (no general education coursework.)
  • Licensure at the ALS level (no general education coursework.)

Applications are NOT required for individuals who wish to take only EMT-Basic. To register, contact Atlantic Partners.

Financial aid eligibility requires individuals to be accepted to and enrolled in a program of study; therefore, if you require financial aid to pay your tuition and fees you must apply for the certificate or degree EMS program (even if you plan only to take the licensure classes without seeking program completion).

Program Prerequisites

The following high school-level prerequisites are required for the EMS certificate program:

  • Algebra 1
  • Lab Science

The EMS associate in applied science degree program requires the high school-level prerequisites listed above, as well as:

  • EMT-Basic licensure or eligibility to become licensed

Required Application Documentation

Upon receipt of the application, an EMS Applicant Packet will be mailed to each applicant. Required application documentation, which will be used in the selection process, must be sent directly to the EMCC Admissions Office.


  • 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 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.  Applications will not be considered without references.
  • Pre-Entrance ExamsApplicants are required to pass the Accuplacer Placement Exam and a Medical Knowledge Exam (see page 2 for more information).


  • All previous transcripts (high school, adult education, and college); Indicate all prior academic history, 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.

Exam Information

About the Medical Knowledge Exam

The Medical Knowledge Exam is based upon a standard study guide reference.  The reference for the 2015-2016 admission cycle is Brady Emergency Care 12th Edition, Update textbook, chapters 4, 5 and 6.  If applicants do not have a copy of this text, please notify the Atlantic Partners Office for a copy of the referenced materials.  All test questions will be drawn from this material. Applicants are asked to call Atlantic Partners to schedule a date to take the Medical Knowledge Exam.

About the Accuplacer Exam

The complete policy regarding the placement assessment requirement at EMCC is viewable on our website. We strongly suggest that you read this material thoroughly before your scheduled test date.  

To schedule a test date, select Schedule Placement Test OR call 207-974-4680 to schedule/reschedule/cancel a test.  If you live closer to one of our off-campus centers feel free to schedule your test there, but be sure to have your scores forwarded to the Admissions office.

HCHEC (Ellsworth) ~ 207-667-3897

KRHEC (East Millinocket) ~ 207-746-5741

Required Sections of the Accuplacer Exam:
Who Section Cost
All Candidates Reading Comprehension $3
WritePlacer $6
Candidates applying for certificate or degree programs Arithmetic $3
Elementary Algebra $3
*Those with transfer credit for ENG101 and/or math may be exempt from Accuplacer. Contact Stacy Green for clarification.


Selection Process

The selection process used for the EMS program involves an objective assessment of each applicant’s documentation including prerequisite coursework, pre admission test results, and references.  Applicants will be notified as soon as feasible.

Individuals accepted to the A-EMT or ALS pathway will have the option of matriculating or attending EMCC as a non-degree seeking student.  See the Admissions Office for clarification.

Once notified of acceptance to the licensure class and/or the program, candidates are urged to contact Atlantic Partners to register for the licensure courses and obtain critical enrollment information.

For candidates who choose to matriculate in the certificate or degree program, additional enrollment requirements apply. This information will be outlined in your acceptance packet. Once enrollment requirements are met, an advisor will assist with registration for general education courses.