Career Studies Certificate
Program Coordinator: Bill Akers Jr., MS, NREMTP, Program Director, 276-964-7729, Bill.Akers@sw.edu
Length: Three semesters
Purpose: The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics (EMT-P) who can service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for Paramedics are available with ambulance; fire and rescue services; hospitals; local, state and federal government agencies; and humanitarian relief organizations.
At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:
Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:
This program is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 10:
At this time the first round of students will be selected. Selection will be based on previous college coursework, interview, entrance exam, and college placement reading scores. Students should place into ENF 3 or higher to be eligible for consideration in first round of selection. Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 10, or score lower than cut score on the reading exam will be considered.
An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Training/TPAM/Forms/Training%20Programs%20Summary.pdf , Pages 14-16.
Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.
Clinical and Behavioral Requirements:
Selected and supervised student experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities. The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If the student does not exhibit those documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, the student might be asked to withdraw from the program.
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or RNP and should include documentation of measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant. A criminal background check and drug screening is also done to confirm compliance with state regulations. See http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Training/TPAM/Forms/Training%20Programs%20Summary.pdf , Pages 7-8.
The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find this activity to be advantageous in subsequent course scheduling.
Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
First Semester (Summer)
ALS Skills Development
1*Human Anatomy & Physiology
Fourth Semester (Fall)
EMS Professional Development
Advanced Patient Assessment
ALS Clinical Internship III
ALS Field Internship III
Fifth Semester (Spring)
ALS Clinical Internship IV
ALS Field Internship IV
Total Minimum Credits for CSC EMT- Paramedic ……………………..................……26