Career Studies (221-146-03)
|PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER
|Course #||Course Title||Credit|
|EMS||120||EMT – Clinical||1|
|SDV||1001||College Success Skills||1|
|FIRST YEAR FALL|
|EMS||151||Introduction to Advanced Life Support||4|
|EMS||152||Advanced Medical Care||2|
|EMS||153||Basic ECG Recognition||2|
|FIRST YEAR SPRING|
|EMS||154||ALS – Cardiac Care||2|
|EMS||157||ALS – Trauma Care||3|
|EMS||159||EMS Special Populations||3|
|EMS||172||ALS Clinical Internship||1|
|EMS||173||ALS Field Internship II||1|
|Total Minimum Credits for Certificate||28|
At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level EMT-Intermediate. The graduate of the program will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry- level EMT-Intermediate. The student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level EMT-Intermediate.
This program is accredited by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and is offered in conjunction with Southwest Virginia Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College. The paramedic program is also nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
Occupational opportunities for EMT-Intermediates include employment by fire and rescue service providers industry, ambulance and transportation services, as well as service in volunteer agencies.
Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the College and the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. Individuals who have a felony conviction may not be eligible to take the certification exam.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program pursuant to
Section 12VAC5-30-270A.1. of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of
Health governing Emergency Medical Services.
- Be a high school graduate or have satisfactorily completed the GED.
- Have a current and valid certificate evidencing Emergency Medical Technician certification in
Virginia pursuant to Section 12VAC5-30-290 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Health governing Emergency Medical Services.
- Possess and maintain current CPR certification.
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 (separate document) with required attachments.
- Take the Program Entrance Exam.
- Take the VPT placement test (or submit ASSET, COMPASS, SAT or ACT scores).
- Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to MECC.
After May 15th the first round of students will be selected. Selection will be based on previous college coursework, entrance exam score, and college placement reading scores. Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 15, or score lower than the cut score on the reading exam will be considered.
This program requires extensive walking, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, and lifting. Lifting and carrying requirements: at least 125 pounds; Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patients’, EMTs’, and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized. Further, extensive use of sight, hearing, and speaking is required. An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description – www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems/training.
Any student receiving a grade of less than “C” in any of the required program courses will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program shall result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.
Clinical and Behavioral Requirements
Selected and supervised student clinical 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 or combined program classes. 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 may be asked to withdraw from the program.
In addition to basic college costs such as tuition and fees, this program requires expenditures for uniforms, books, liability insurance, CPR certification, immunizations and physical, testing fees, certification courses and some medical equipment items. Students are also responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner and should include documentation of measles, seasonal flu, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant.