If you seek an adrenaline-filled profession as a first-responder, consider a career as a paramedic. Paramedics care for sick and wounded patients while ensuring that they are safely transported to a medical facility for additional care.
Prior to application to the EMS program, all students are required to have taken the EMT-Basic course, which meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and possess a current card. The clinical concentration within the EMS degree meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) training programs. Successful completion of the program qualifies you to sit for the National Registry Examination for EMT-Paramedic. The clinical concentration of the EMS Program will prepare you for a volunteer or paid career as a nationally certified EMT-paramedic.
The Emergency Medical Services Program is a 60 credit hours Associate of Applied Science Degree Program that is designed for students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the pre-hospital setting.
Prior to application to the EMS program, all students are required to have taken the EMT-Basic course, which meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and possess a current card. The clinical concentration within the EMS degree meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) training programs. Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to take the National Registry Examination for EMT-Paramedic. The clinical concentration of the EMS Program is designed to prepare the graduate for a volunteer or paid career as a certified EMT-Paramedic.
Admission to the Emergency Medical Services AS Program is made after admission to the College and prior to enrollment in any of the advanced clinical EMS courses in the Paramedic Program (200-level EMSP courses), and the student must complete the following and submit to the EMS Program Coordinator:
- An application to the EMS Paramedic Program,
- A photocopy of current CPR (Healthcare Provider Course) certification,
- Current EMT-Basic card from either: National Registry, West Virginia, Maryland, or Virginia,
- A photocopy of student’s birth certificate,
- Submission to the EMS Coordinator of a completed immunization record prior to participation in any EMS Practicum course,
- Submission of yearly PPD results (or chest X-ray, if appropriate),
- Successfully completed a urine drug screen and national criminal background check.
Students in the EMS Program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s requirements for admissions, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including mandated developmental courses, which are not counted toward completion of the program. Blue Ridge CTC Catalog requirements regarding academic standards, student conduct, and graduation procedures also apply.
Emergency Medical Service Program Goal
To prepare competent entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
EMS Technical Standards
The following activities are examples of the kind of activities in which a student in the EMS program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.
- Critical Thinking: Paramedic students should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. For example: the paramedic student must be able to prioritize the care of the critically injured or ill patient.
- Interpersonal Skills: Paramedic students shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. For example: student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.
- Communication Skills: Paramedic students shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written forms. For example: providing verbal encode to medical direction from the field and documentation of patient care.
- Mobility: Paramedic students shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, stand and walk for extensive periods of time and lift average size adults with help. For example: transferring patients on to stretchers, loading and unloading stretchers into the ambulance and moving about the scene to search and discover patients.
- Motor Skills: Paramedic students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care. For example: calibrate and use designated equipment, insertion of tubes and initiation of intravenous and intraosseous infusions and administration of medications.
- Hearing: Paramedic students shall possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. For example: hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help and auscultate breath and bowel sounds.
- Visual: Paramedic students shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for care. For example: observe patient/client responses to treatment, use of designated equipment and assessment of patient.
- Tactile: Paramedic students shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. For example: perform palpation and percussion, assessment of skin vital signs.
- Weight Bearing: Paramedic students shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds on a daily basis. For example: position patients/clients, carry designated equipment.
- Cognitive Abilities: Paramedic students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions and function effectively in critical situation. For example: student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate plans for care.
- Occupational Exposures: Paramedic students may be exposed to communicable diseases/ and or body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and latex. Students shall use appropriate precautions at all times. For example: student maybe be assigned a client/patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.
- Driving Skills/Abilities: Paramedic students must have a valid Driver’s License in order to complete their coursework at BR CTC.
EMT paramedics must be able to perform under pressure—in settings demanding excellent clinical, stress management, and communication skills. As a paramedic, you will provide pre-hospital care to patients, administering medication, interpreting EKGs, and operating equipment.
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