Paramedic Initial

Paramedic Initial Certifications (CEU)

Paramedic Initial

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the Advanced Emergency care of ill or injured persons. This course follows the National Department of Transportation Guidelines and is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Lecture, demonstrations, skills evaluation, and both Hospital and Field Internships are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training areas include administration of I.V. fluids, advanced airway management, cardiac monitoring including Defibrillation, Cardioversion, Cardiac Pacing, and the administration of prehospital advanced life support medications.

This course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office EMS. The curriculum for the EMT-Paramedic educational program shall be the National EMS Educational Standards in conjunction with the 1998 Release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMT-Paramedic Course: National Standard Curriculum.

The Surry Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Tuition waived for members of approved NC Lifesaving Organizations.

Certified Providers may view the BLS Continuing Ed Calendar for scheduled sessions.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, successful completion of the T.A.B.E. assessment exam (scheduled and given during course orientation) assessing basic reading comprehension and language skills at a minimum at the post-secondary grade level and basic math skills at a minimum high school level, successful completion of an EMT-Basic course (certification as an EMT-Basic is required prior to beginning the clinical or field internship component of this course), and successful completion of EMS 3000 Anatomy and Physiology or approved equivalent of Anatomy and Physiology is required prior to beginning the course.


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Available Courses

CEU Classes

Start Date / End Date Time Location Cost
Postponed until late May TBD TBD TBD
* Contact Vickie Ramey 336-386-3330 or Kenneth Vaught 336-386-3633 for more information

Additional Classes

EMS Anatomy and Physiology

Learning Outcomes

Estimated Cost

Item Price
Tuition $360.00
Malpractice Insurance $32.00
Shirts $50.00
Pants $50.00 - $60.00
Boots $100.00
Belt $10.00 - $20.00
Clinical Costs* $150.00 - $250.00
Special Fees (ITLS) $18.00
Special Fees (Platinum Clinical Program $80.00
Required textbook $250.00 - $275.00
Recommended workbook $70.00 - $85.00
ACLS textbook $35.00
ITLS textbook $45.00
PALS textbook $35.00
Tuition for EMS courses is waived for members of NC Lifesaving organizations (ie. Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Law Enforcement). Financial assistance for tuition, fees and/or books is available through the Project Skill-up grant.

The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandates that criminal record checks and drug screens be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class.

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Program Contact(s)

Director of EMS Programs / Director CPS Center
(336) 386-3330

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs

2017: Retention rate of 88%. NC State Exam pass rate of 100%. Job placement rate of 100%

2018: Retention rate of 64%. NC State Exam pass rate of 91%. Job placement rate of 100%

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