Press Release                                                                                                                                                   
September 28, 2023

Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Paramedic Program Awarded Five-Year Initial Accreditation by CAAHEP

PENDLETON ---Tri-County Technical College’s (TCTC) Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Paramedic program has been awarded a five-year initial accreditation by the board of directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This distinction was made upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

CAAHEP accreditation is required for graduates of Paramedic programs to sit for the National Registry Paramedic certification examination, said Ryan Nix, B.S., NRP, who serves as Emergency Medical Technology program director for TCTC.

TCTC’s Paramedic program, located at its Easley Campus, offers an associate degree and two certificate options for future EMTs and Paramedics. The degree and certificate programs prepare students to test for the National Registry certification. Successful completion of the National Registry exam is required to practice as a paramedic in most states, including South Carolina.

Graduates of TCTC’s Paramedic program work as paramedics with EMS agencies in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, said Nix.

For more information about the program, click here.

About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit