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Program Overview

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
YearRetentionNC State Exam Pass RateJob Placement

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 3163 Anatomy and Physiology or approved equivalent of Anatomy and Physiology is required prior to beginning the course.

Workforce Certificate Courses

Paramedic Initial

EMS-4400 Paramedic

Total credits needed to graduate: 1300 Hours

Program Costs

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 Surry 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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