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Public Safety Training

Eugene Edwards

Eugene Edwards, NR-P, BSN

EMS Program Director
(828) 652-0674 Office: Building 19, Room 213

Donnie Tipton

Capt. Donnie Tipton CCEMT-P, NR-P

Coordinator Paramedic Program

Marvin Hancock

Capt. Marvin Hancock, CCEMT-P, NR-P

Paramedic Program

William Kehler

William Kehler CCEMT-P, NR-P

EMT Program

Brenda Agreda

Lt. Brenda Agreda, CCEMT-P

Administrative Officer

EMS Programs

Are you interested in saving a life or helping someone in need?

Are you interested in an Emergency Medical Career?

If so, our Emergency Medical Program Offers the Training You Need and Want!

At McDowell Technical Community College, we offer Emergency Medical Technician Certification, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certification, and Paramedic Certification.  Our programs are accredited by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. 

At the successful conclusion of the program, our students will qualify to take the state qualifying exam for the level of certification for which they have sought.  In addition to these certification courses, we offer a wide array of emergency medical services in-service training.  For a list of all our certification and non-certification courses, please see our list of available classes.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are scholarships available to substantially reduce the out of pocket cost for students. Students enrolled in the EMT or Paramedic courses can apply for the HEERF Scholarship, State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) Scholarship and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship.

Contact Tabitha Buff or call on 828-659-0465 with any questions regarding the scholarships.

Additional EMT and Paramedic Class Information

A Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) or Works Key certificate at the Gold level is required. This can be obtained at Job Link on Baldwin Ave. in Marion the phone number is 828-659-6001.

The McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs( upon the recommendation of CoaEMSP.   

To Contact: CoAEMSP
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Ph: 214.703.8445 | Fax: 214.703.8992 |

Our goal:
“To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels”

Our faculty:
Is dedicated to providing training to new and current technicians at all levels of the EMS profession. We offer the Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and the Paramedic programs for new students and an array of different continuing education opportunities for experienced providers.

Our EMS Program strives to:

  • provide a learning environment that offers students the cognitive and technical skills necessary to become a competent, entry level paramedic
  • prepare competent, entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • provide leadership in the emergency medical care community
  • provide students with the ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing
Our EMS Program:
Prepares professional paramedics at the certificate level to address the health care needs of diverse populations in our region. In accordance with the college’s teaching mission, our EMS Program provides a scholarly atmosphere that stimulates service and creative activities by our faculty and students.
Handbook and Student Information:
For more information, please contact Eugene Edwards at 828-659-0422.

CoAEMSP 2021 Annual Report Review Results

The CoAEMSP Quality Improvement (QI) subcommittee has reviewed the 2021 Annual Report and below you will find the Outcomes submitted by the Program in its 2021 Annual Report.

NREMT/State Written Exam: 75

Retention: 80

Positive Placement: 75