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Fifteen Graduate from Surry’s Paramedic Course


Fifteen students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Paramedic program, which follows the National EMS Educational Standards and is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The Paramedic graduation was held May 10, on the SCC campus in Dobson. Graduates are Janet Braddy and Amanda Christy of Elkin; Hannah Chilton, Hannah Speas and Trent Stevens of Mount Airy; Alea Doby of Dobson; Alissa Hickman of Winston-Salem; Kristi Hogan of Lexington; Hailey Hudspeth of Yadkinville; Elizabeth Penley of King; Jessica Pope of Olin; Savannah Powers of Statesville; Zac Handy and Luke Price of Radford, Va.; and JD Atwell of Bastian, Va.

Students enrolled in the Paramedic program put in more than 1,200 hours of class time including 500 hours of clinical study in order to prepare to serve their communities in emergency situations. Graduates have the choice to take either the N.C. State Exam or National Registry, and most graduates decided to take both tests.

Jeff Hinshaw, PA, was the guest speaker. Hinshaw spoke on his own perspective history with the EMS and all the metaphorical hats the students will learn to wear in the field. Special guests included SCC President Dr. David Shockley, SCC Emergency Medical Programs Director Dr. Doug Underwood and SCC Emergency Medical Programs Coordinator Kenneth Vaught. Graduates and those in attendance were treated to a special video presentation compiled of photos and videos of the students throughout their journey to becoming paramedics.

Class representative Kristi Hogan spoke on behalf of the Class of 2022 to reminisce on the accomplishments and events that the class had experienced over the past year.

The Kirk R. Killon, EMS Star of Life Award was presented to Alea Doby. This award was created by SCC staff to recognize a student who showed extraordinary dedication to knowledge and exemplary professionalism in the field of Emergency Medical Services in honor of Kirk Killon, former director of the SCC Emergency Medical Services program.

Superlative awards were given out during the ceremony and are as follows: The “Encouragement Award,” Hailey Hudspeth; “Most Ideal Partner” and “Valedictorian,” Luke Price; “Most Dedicated,” Hannah Chilton; “Most Improved” and “Comedian Award,” Jessica Pope. The “Encouragement Award,” “Most Ideal Partner” and “Most Dedicated Student” awards were voted on by class members to recognize the students who gave the most encouragement throughout the class and who would be their ideal partners working on a medic unit in EMS. The “Valedictorian” and “Most Improved” awards were determined by highest grade and most improved grade over the entire course.

Dr. Steven Isaacs was recognized during the graduation for his dedication to the EMS program as medical director for five years, before retiring on December 31, 2021.

The students selected an adjunct instructor to receive an “Excellence in Academics” award. The class selected Ms. Denise Ward for her diligence in helping the students through difficult subjects and pushing them to perform better throughout the class. Ward has been an adjunct instructor with SCC for over 17 years.

Surry Community College offers a Paramedic Initial course each year. The course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the advanced emergency care of ill or injured persons and is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The principal methods of instruction include lecture, demonstrations, skills evaluations, and both hospital and field internships. Specific training areas include administration of IV fluids, advanced airway management, the administration of pre-hospital advanced life support medications and cardiac monitoring. The course also includes Endurance Training for EMS (ETEMS), which is physical training that is incorporated into the program with physical therapy sessions at the end of each class day to better prepare the students for the physical and mental stresses of the paramedic profession.

For questions about any of Surry’s emergency medical courses, contact Dr. Doug Underwood, Director of EMS Programs, at (336) 386-3584 or or learn more by following the EMS programs on Facebook @surryems.

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