Founded in 1958, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college that offers courses at three campus locations, as well as several specialty centers in Southern Maryland. The campuses are located in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. CSM has more than 100 programs of study and offers degrees in the Arts, Sciences, Engineering, and more.
College of Southern Maryland offers courses for four areas of EMS certification:
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Advanced EMT (AEMT)
Enrollment Prerequisites – a student:
- must have a valid MD driver’s license
- have a high school diploma or the equivalent
- must be 18 years of age
- pass a physical examination and complete a heath form
- must pass a background check
- must have current immunization records
- must have health insurance
- must pass drug screening – and stay drug free
If entering the Advanced EMT or paramedic program with an EMS certification, the student must hold and maintain that certification while training for the higher EMS level license. In addition, students entering training courses with an EMT-I or EMT-P license earned through another educational institution may be required to take a transition course.
An individual must also complete or place out of math and English courses, and for advanced EMS training, additional science, anatomy, physiology, and biology courses will be required. For entrance into the paramedic program, completion of EMT-Basic and/or EMT-Intermediate programs are required prior to entrance.
The paramedic training certification courses includes classroom, laboratory, clinical and didactic skill experiences, and in field training. The paramedic student will have an education in the sciences of pre-hospital advanced life support (ALS) care.
Upon completion of the EMT paramedic training courses, the individual will be eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Examination (NREMT). The CSM paramedic program is accredited and follows the directive set forth by the National Education Guidelines developed by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additional Information and Requirements
All potential students must “Petition” for entrance into the school’s EMS program(s). The Petition can be accessed online. This petition process is a rolling admissions procedure and most qualified students are accepted. Approval and acceptance is limited and is based on a first come, first served” acceptance. Petitions and admissions to the program are approved on a “first-come, first-served’ basis. Priority is given to applicants whose petitions are completed and individuals who meet all requirements of the program.
The College of Southern Maryland has two semesters for entrance into their MD EMS programs.
July 15th – December 15th is the timeframe for petition acceptance dates for the Spring Semester.
December 16th – July 14th is the timeframe for petition acceptance dates for the Fall Semester.
Both the Associate’s Degree and certificate programs require a student to maintain a 2.0 GPA.
College of Southern Maryland EMS Clinical programs Coordinator
Phone: (301) 539-4804 or e-mail jgosford at csmd.edu.
Additional school numbers: (301) 934-7765 (240) 725-5300 ( 443) 550-6000