Southwestern Oregon Community College offers coursework in Emergency Medical Services and works directly with many of the EMS & Fire agencies in Coos Bay and in Southern Oregon.  The programs are accredited and monitored by a Medical Director and Program Director who overseas the programs and students success. 
Our EMS faculty are career professionals who currently work in the profession.

EMS Course/Program Offerings

  • EMR (Emergency Medical Responder)
  • EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician - Basic)
  • EMT-P (Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic)

Additional EMS Courses

  • Emergency Medical Technology Rescue
  • Emergency Response Transport
  • Emergency Response & Communication Documentation
  • Advanced and Intermediate EMT (not offered every year)



The Emergency Medical Responder course is offered during fall term and is open to the public (16 years of age or older). Admission to SWOCC is necessary. (Free)  The EMR course is a 3 unit course and taught by a local FIre EMS Professionals. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact First Stop and register for EMT-260. No prerequisites are required.  Students with no experience in EMS are encouraged to start with this course.

EMT-B  The EMT Basic is a two term course that is offered in Winter and Spring terms beginning in January and ending in mid June.  Admission to SWOCC is necessary. (Free) and an additional application is required.   The EMT Course is 12 units total.  Those who successfully complete the didactic coursework will eligible to sit for written and practical exam to become certified with the State of Oregon.    Students are required to complete an application for the course (link below). Applications are due by noon November 15th.  Program Requirements/ Prerequisites: (All required as part of the application and must be submitted with the application in order to be considered)     * Be 18 years old or older
     *American Heart Association CPR BLS card.  Must show
     *High school or GED Transcript
     *Immunization records*

*See application 

How to Apply: Log onto My Laker Link using your SWOCC ID.  Cut and paste the following link once you are logged in.

Complete the online application and submit the required documentation by noon on November 15th.

OR you can

Log into My Laker Link|Click on: Admissions | Click on  Program Applications (at the top) | then scroll down to the EMT/Paramedic application section and look for the EMT Basic Application Link.  It’s the link at the bottom of the EMS info.

Complete the online application and submit the required documentation by noon on November 15th.  An Acceptance must be granted before a student may register or attend the first class.

EMT-P (Paramedicine)

The Paramedic Program is a four term course including a summer practicum. Following successful completion of the course and practicum, and passing of the NREMT cognitive and psychomotor exams, students will be eligible for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine. This is dependent on completion of degree requirements of the college. Admission to SWOCC is necessary.  Following acceptance as a student at SWOCC, participants are required to complete an Paramedic application for the course.  

Applications are due by June 15 prior to Fall term.  To qualify you must be a licensed EMT or higher in the State of Oregon.  All program requirements must be met and documentation submitted at the time of application in order to be considered. Prerequisite Courses: AH111, BI231, BI232, BI233;
Licensed EMT with the state of Oregon (either EMT-B or AEMT);
Current AHA BLS CPR card
Required vaccinations. 

AAS Paramedicine Course Catalog

AAS Paramedicine Course Catalog 


 Become a Laker- College Application for Student Admissions

Application for Admissions


NREMT Website  

Program Accreditation

The EMS programs meet or exceeds the required skills and knowledge as set forth by the National EMS Education Standards and the Oregon Health Authority DHS-EMS division. The programs are currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Oregon Health Authority DHSEMS.

The ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE PARAMEDICINE is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. HIghway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

CAAHEP Commission on accreditation of allied health education programs logo

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214.703.8992