Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

Prerequisites for Admission to the Paramedic program

Photograph of graduating students Prerequisites for admission to the Paramedic program include a high school diploma or equivalent, EMT certification (or currently enrolled in an EMT class) and acquiring the majority (if not all) of the AAS general education requirements. The program director may allow entrance if some of the general education requirements for the AAS Degree are not fully completed prior to entering the Paramedic program. Students must be 18 years of age by the completion of the Paramedic course.

New students will need to complete an admissions application for Cowley County Community College, available at any Cowley campus or by calling (620) 442-0430 [or use this toll free number: (800) 593-2222]. This can also be completed online at the main college website. Official transcript copies must be sent to Cowley from all colleges attended, and must also include high school transcripts or GED certificate.

Official copies should be sent to our Registrar at 125 South Second, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005.

Selective Admissions Process

The Paramedic program has a selective admissions process. To be considered for program acceptance, prospective students can complete the online Paramedic application form, and then send the other required material listed on the form to the Paramedic program office.

Photograph of graduating students after the ceremony When the application packet has been received and determined to be complete, the applicant will be notified and an interview shall be scheduled. Interviews will be held approximately 3-4 months prior to the start of the program.

If you are considering a future program entrance and have not applied for entrance, please call the EMS faculty so that you can be notified of selection dates.

Criteria for selection include:

  • Previous college performance.
  • Successful completion of most, if not all, general education requirements of the A.A.S. Degree.
  • EMT certification is required (can be an EMT student).
  • Field experience. At least one year experience is preferred.
  • Letters of recommendation (a minimum of two).
  • Candidate interview.
  • Standardized math assessment.

Group photograph of graduating studentsThe size of the class is limited to 18 students.

Criminal Background Checks for Paramedic Students

A criminal background check is required prior to starting any clinical training. For more information on background checks, click here.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Cowley is committed to a policy of non-discrimination involving equal access to education and employment opportunity to all regardless of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. The administration further extends its commitment to fulfilling and implementing the federal, state and local laws and regulations as specified in Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you desire special needs or support services, contact the ADA Coordinator (620) 442-0430 [ use this toll free number: (800) 593-2222] or visit online. This applies to all classes, and education and training in the clinical and field settings.