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EMS-Intermediate Career Studies Certificate

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Length: 28 Credits

Purpose
To produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-Intermediates who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the EMS infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMT-Intermediates are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

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

  1. the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relevant to their roles as entry-level EMS-Intermediate;
  2. technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level EMS-Intermediate; and
  3. personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for entry-level EMT-Intermediate.

Admission Requirements
Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  1. meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
  2. meet the college’s general admission requirements.

Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Division of Educational Development.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements
An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services website for a more detailed functional job description.

Academic Requirements
Students must make a “C” or better in all program courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on academic probation for the program. The course may be repeated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Repeated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program will result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements
Selected and supervised student experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate student suitability for the profession. If students do not exhibit the documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, they 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 registered nurse practitioner. It should include documentation of general health as well as immunization and exposure to infectious and communicable diseases required by the clinical facilities and the Center for Disease Control to include but may not be limited to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chicken pox, (Varicella) Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and the current influenza vaccination.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance, the online student portfolio tracking and testing program, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Drug testing and a criminal background check are also the responsibility of the student through Certified Background Check (CBC). All required documentation and certifications will be submitted to CBC as well. Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find subsequent course scheduling to be expedited.

It is strongly recommended that students complete National Registry testing for Advanced EMT (AEMT) after completion of the courses and all required clinicals and competencies in the fall semester. This can be done while continuing in the Intermediate program.

EMS-Intermediate First Semester (Spring) Curriculum
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician 5 4 7
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician — Basic Clinical 0 2 1
Total 5 6 8
EMS-Intermediate Second Semester (Fall) Curriculum
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 151 Intro to Advanced Life Support 3 2 4
EMS 152 Advanced Medical Care 1 2 2
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 0 3 1
Total 5 5 7
EMS-Intermediate Third Semester (Spring) Curriculum
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2 0 2
EMS 154 ALS Cardiac Care 1 2 2
EMS 172 ASL Clinical Internship II 0 6 2
EMS 159 EMS Special Populations 2 2 3
Total 5 10 9
EMS-Intermediate Fourth Semester (Summer) Curriculum
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 157 ALS — Trauma Care 2 2 3
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship I 0 3 1
Total 2 5 4

This page was last modified on August 8, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.


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