Degrees and Certificates

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The development of the modern Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system began during the 1960s. Until that point, the local undertaker typically transported victims of emergencies in a hearse, with no medical care - just a ride! The goal to provide consistent and uninterrupted quality care at the emergency scene and during transport to the hospital became critical. Eventually, the "ambulance attendant" was replaced by an emergency medical technician (EMT).

As a relatively new profession, EMS has seen tremendous change in the past 50 years. Diagnostic, therapeutic and pharmacologic advancements in medicine have dramatically improved the quality of care available to critically ill or injured patients in the pre-hospital setting. There has been a corresponding need for increased improvement in education and training.

TBCC's Emergency Medical Services program is committed to the dynamic challenge of training and educating emergency medical technicians to the highest standards. The TBCC EMS program has kept pace as technological advances and demands have evolved. TBCC provides students with the solid foundation in emergency medicine necessary to enter this rewarding and exhilarating career.

Degrees and Certificates

Emergency Medical Services Certificate

Maintaining Standards, Sustaining Life

    The mission of our EMS program is "to train and educate emergency medical professionals to excel in meeting the needs of the community." Faculty and staff work diligently to provide a rigorous, comprehensive and quality educational opportunity.

See the catalog(pdf) for the information regarding program requirements.

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For more information contact Career Education Advisor (503) 842-8222 x1145.


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