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Emergency Medical Technician – Advanced

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Purpose: The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry- level Advanced EMTs  who can provide advanced emergency care. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification.  This credential leads to Advanced EMT certification in Virginia and most other states. Employment opportunities for Advanced EMTs are available with ambulance; fire and rescue services; hospitals; local, state and federal government agencies.

Program Goals: At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

1. The Ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry-level Advanced EMT;
2. Technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level Advanced EMT; and
3. Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level Advanced EMT

Accreditation:  This program is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater FL, 33763, phone 727-210- 2350.

Admission Requirements: Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:
1. Meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
2. Meet the college's general admission requirement.

Selection Process: To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 10:

1. Submit a college admission application
2. Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
3. Complete the VPT English and Math assessment. To enroll in EMS courses the student must test above ENF 1 and MTE 1 on the college placement test or have equivalent scores on the ACT, SAT, etc. (or submit satisfactory SAT or ACT scores).
4. Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.

At that time the first round of students will be selected. Selection will be based on previous college coursework, entrance exam, skill assessment, and college placement reading scores. Students should place into ENF 3 or higher to be eligible for consideration in the first round of selection. Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 10, or score lower than cut sore on the reading exam will be considered.

Program Requirements:

Physical Requirements: 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 (pp 17-25).

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. 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 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.

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 is also done to confirm compliance with state regulations. See http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/23/2017/04/BLS- Student-Handouts-for-Initial-Certification-Programs.pdf pp. 6-7.

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 bill.akers@sw.edu

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester (Summer)
EMS 100CPR for Healthcare Providers1101
EMS 111Emergency Medical Technician547
EMS 120EMT-Basic Clinical021
SDV 100College Success Skills 3101
TOTAL7610
Second Semester (Fall)
EMS 121Preparatory Foundations202
EMS 123EMS Clinical Preparation021
EMS 125Basic Pharmocology101
EMS 126Basic Pharmacology Lab021
EMS 127Airway, Shock and Resuscitation101
EMS 128Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab021
EMS 135Emergency Medical Care202
EMS 136Emergency Medical Care Lab021
EMS 137Trauma Care101
EMS 138Trauma Care Lab021
EMS 170ALS Internship I031
TOTAL71313

Total Minimum Credits for Advanced EMT CSC ... 23

1 HLT 105 is an approved substitute

2 Taking both BIO 141 and BIO 142 are an approved substitute to BIO 145.  Please note that students who complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 are exempt from completing the General Education Elective (3 credits) in the 5th semester (see footnote 5 below).

3 SDV 101 is an approved substitute.

4 PSY 200, SOC 247, and SOC 268 are approved substitutes for PSY 230.

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Degree: Career Studies Certificate
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Program Length: 2  Semesters
Minimum Credits: 23
Program Degree Completion Plan

Apply to the program.
Complete the Paramedic Program Application.

Program Director
Bill Akers
276.964.7729
Russell Hall Room 111

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