Workforce Certificate, On Campus
The Paramedic course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the advanced emergency care of ill or injured persons. These future clinicians will be taught critical life-saving interventions and medical knowledge that are on the leading-edge of
paramedicine. Paramedic candidates will be prepared to provide the highest-level emergency medical care and prepare for the NC State and/or National Registry Paramedic Exam. Once successfully credentialed, they will begin a career in the medical profession
as an entry-level paramedic with EMS agencies or in medical facilities across the state or nation.
Lecture, demonstrations, near-to-real life skills evaluation, and both hospital and field internships are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training areas include compassionate patient care, assessment, peripheral access devices, advanced
airway management, cardiac monitoring including defibrillation, cardioversion, cardiac pacing, and the administration of prehospital advanced life support medications.
The course also includes Endurance Training for EMS (ETEMS), which is physical training that is incorporated into the program with PT sessions at the end of each class day to better prepare the students for the physical and mental stresses of the paramedic
In 2022, the Paramedic program shifted formats to better serve our students. The course will begin with the college’s summer semester in a blended/hybrid format and conclude in approximately 11 months, ending with the following spring semester. About
6 percent of the total class didactic will be in an online program to be completed outside of scheduled in-class dates. This will better serve the majority of students who are familiar with online courses and provide more in-class lab time. Students
will also be expected to perform monthly minimum clinical rotations which will also occur outside of scheduled class dates.
This course is approved by and will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office EMS. The curriculum for the Paramedic educational program shall be the National EMS Educational Standards in conjunction with the 2009 or most current release of the
United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Paramedic Course: National Standard Curriculum.
The Surry Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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 Programs25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158Clearwater, FL 33763727-210-2350www.caahep.org
To contact CoAEMSP:8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312Rowlett, TX 75088214-703-8445FAX 214-703-8992www.coaemsp.org
Prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class:
In order to provide better instruction and content to our students in the most efficient format, Surry Community College Emergency Medical Program has instituted a Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam policy. SCC Emergency Medical Program will accept the
top 20 scorers on the Paramedic Candidate Entrance Exam through a two-part process as listed below:
These exams will be administered at the Center for Public Safety on two different dates prior to Paramedic Course Orientation.
Applications for Surry Community College Paramedic Candidates are closed until our next course.
Total credits needed to graduate: 1300 Hours
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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