Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-146-02
Program Length: 1 Semester
Minimum Credits: 16
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Purpose: This Career Studies Certificate leads to entry-level employment opportunities in the field of Emergency Medical Services. This curriculum prepares students to assess and care for patients at the basic life support (BLS) level. Successful completion of required courses allows students to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s Emergency Medical Technician certification exam.
Program Goals: At the completion of the program:
- The student will demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level EMT.
- The graduate of the program will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as and entry-level EMT.
- The student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with the professional and employer expectations for the entry-level EMT.
Approval: This program is approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
The Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
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To contact the CoAEMSP:
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Sources Cited: Further information regarding the EMS certifications may be found at https://nasemso.org/
Reciprocity Statement for Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Southwest Virginia Community College Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:
The National Assoc. of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has ruled EMS provider licensure and certification to be synonymous and National Registry certification is recognized for reciprocity in 48 of our 50 states.
The Southwest Virginia Community College EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
SWCC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Licensure Reciprocity (https://sw.edu/health-technology/wp-content/uploads/Licensure-Reciprocity.pdf).
Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:
Meet the eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/education-certification/how-to-become-an-emergency-medical-services-provider-in-virginia/
Meet the college’s general admission requirements.
Selection Process: To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 15:
Submit a college admission application
Submit an application to the program (a separate document) with the required attachments.
Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.
At that time the first round of students will be selected. Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 15 will be considered.
Physical Requirements: An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Virginia Office of EMS website for a more detailed functional job description.
Academic Requirements: Students must make a “C” or better in all program cores courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated. The remediated course 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 healthcare facilities. The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as 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.
Other Requirements: 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 are also done to confirm compliance with state regulations.
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.
Program Director: Bill Akers Jr., MS, NRP, Program Director 276.964.7729 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see https://sw.edu/health-technology/wp-content/uploads/CoAEMSP-Outcomes-Summary.pdf For program pass rates, retention, and job placement.[CP1]