Paramedic Certificate Program
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The EMT certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Advanced EMT (AEMT) certificate program. The AEMT certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Paramedic certificate program. The Paramedic certificate program can be completed in three academic semesters. Together, these programs can be completed in five semesters. Students may, however, elect to complete only the EMT level of education, or the AEMT level of education.
After successful completion of each level of education, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT) certification examination. Successful completion of this examination is mandatory for licensure to practice in the State of Alabama. State licensure as an EMT is required to apply for AEMT education. State licensure as an AEMT is required to apply for Paramedic education.
Those who complete any level of education and licensure are qualified to work in escalating roles (by level) in many areas of out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ambulance services, fire rescue departments, and industrial health and safety settings.
|Paramedic Certificate Program||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|Paramedic Certificate Program||31 (3 Semesters)|
|EMS 212||Foundations of Paramedicine||3 hrs|
|EMS 214||Introduction to EMS Cardiology||3 hrs|
|EMS 216||Paramedic Assessment and Operations||3 hrs|
|EMS 217||Paramedic Clinical Internship I||3 hrs|
|EMS 240||Special Populations||3 hrs|
|EMS 242||Paramedic Emergency Care I||3 hrs|
|EMS 244||Paramedic Emergency Care II||3 hrs|
|EMS 245||Paramedic Skills Lab||1 hr|
|EMS 247||Paramedic Clinical Internship II||2 hrs|
|EMS 295||Paramedic Field Internship||6 hrs|
|EMS 297||Comprehensive Review and Exams||1 hr|
Academic advising is required of all new and existing students prior to each semester. It is the responsibility of each student to schedule an advising session with the academic faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.
|Department of Emergency Medical Services
|Program Directors||Ellzie, AGEMSS: D. Garmon, McKenna, Clifford|
|Medical Director||Steve Bowden, M.D.|
|Instructors||Brooks, Coaker, Ellzie, Erwin, Garmon, McKenna, Clifford|
|Academic Advisors||McKenna, Stearns|
|Clinical Coordinator, Instructor||McKenna|
The Department of EMS prepares students for careers in Emergency Medical Services. To meet the expanding role of prehospital providers, the Department of EMS offers three certificate programs, EMT, AEMT and Paramedic, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services.