Skip to Main Content

COVID-19: Fall 2022 Semester Guidelines

Program Overview

Prehospital emergency medical care is a rapidly evolving healthcare profession in which Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agency personnel provide basic and advanced life-saving care. Today’s EMS healthcare system is highly sophisticated and expanding to work within other healthcare profession.

All branches of EMS providers may work with volunteer fire and rescue agencies in which hours and requirements vary by agency.

EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics are employed full time at 40+ hours per week with EMS agencies, emergency departments, and/or other healthcare facilities.

Typical work shifts are 12-24 hours depending on the agency/department and may include overnight and weekends.


EMS Career

Healthcare Profession Opportunities:

  • EMS Agencies
  • Emergency Depts.
  • Flight Crews
  • Urgent Cares
  • Critical Care
  • Other Hospital Depts.

and many more diverse options

Median Salary:

Program Salary Range
EMT $23,035 - $32,406
AEMT $26,159 - $31,265
Paramedic $30,844 - $41,776
If you have any questions about the EMS Career and Pathway, please contact Kenneth Vaught at 336-386-3633 or vaughtk@surry.edu.

Basic Healthcare Provider Courses

Non-credentialed students will begin here with the basics:

Candidates entering into the Emergency Medical Healthcare Provider field may begin at either level of Basic Life Support learning the fundamentals of emergency medical care from life-threatening medical conditions to major traumatic injuries; from adult patients to pediatrics. These courses include American Heart Association's BLS/CPR certification, logistical operations of EMS, and very basic anatomy/physiology. You will finish with a foundation of providing the basics of emergency healthcare.

EMR Overview EMT Overview

Students beginning as an EMR will be able to function as a non-transport, first responder provider with their volunteer or paid agency.

Career & College Promise and Apprenticeship Pathways Begin here

At the EMT level, students will learn additional medications and skills with the capabilities of working with volunteer and paid transport agencies.

Students who plan to advance their EMS education should begin here:

SCC EMR Program SCC EMT Program
Prerequisites
  • 17 years of age prior to the end of the course.
  • *Written Assessment of Candidate Education level.
    • Must score at or above the 10th grade reading level.
Prerequisites
  • 17 years of age prior to the end of the course.
  • *Written Assessment of Candidate Education level.
    • Must score at or above the 11th grade reading level.
*The written assessment will be administered at the course center during orientation.

Advanced Healthcare Provider Courses

Credentialled EMTs may further their healthcare provider education into Advanced level courses:

Students who have successfully completed an EMT course may continue building on the foundation of their healthcare education into the advanced levels of AEMT or Paramedic. Paramedic candidates will be prepared to provide the highest-level emergency medical care.

Advanced EMT (AEMT) Overview Paramedic Overview

Students continuing into AEMT will learn essential advanced skills including advanced airways, intravenous therapy, ECG monitor basics, and more.

Paramedic students will learn highly advanced life-saving interventions and medical knowledge that is on the leading-edge of paramedicine including pleural decompression, tracheal intubation, cricothyrotomy, and more.

SCC AEMT Program SCC Paramedic Program
Prerequisites
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Active EMT Credential
  • *Written Assessment of Candidate Education level
    • College Level English and Math
Prerequisites
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Active EMT Credential
  • *Written Assessment of Candidate Education level
    • College Level English and Math
    • Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam
*The written assessment will be administered at the course center during or prior to orientation.

Credentialled Paramedics may further their healthcare provider education into an Associate’s Degree.


Program Contacts:

Scarlett Vogler

Emergency Medical Services Instructor

Dr. Douglas Underwood

Director of Yadkin Center/Director of Emergency Medical Programs

Kenneth Vaught

Coordinator: Emergency Medical Program

Workforce Certificate Courses

EMS-4100 Medical Responder
EMS-4200 Emergency Medical Technician
EMS-4300 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
EMS-4400 Paramedic

Want to Learn More?

Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.