Emergency Medical Services

Program Description
CVCC offers Short Certificates in EMT and Advance EMT upon successful completion of program requirements. These EMS certificate programs are designed to provide you with specialized skill sets for immediate employment, to upgrade your skills for job advancement The certificate programs can be completed within one to two semesters, and all of the certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. degree in Fire Science.

CVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). We provide traditional classroom instruction, as well as, some online courses to serve students with varying personal schedules, interest, and needs. Tuition and fees is $150 per credit hour for Alabama and Georgia eligible residents and $267 per credit hour for all other residents. For information about scholarships and/or financial aid contact our Financial Aid Office at 334.291.4914 or contact Kenneth Harrison, Director of Public Safety Programs at or kenneth.harrison@cv.edu or 334.291.4963.

Short Certificate – Emergency Medical Technician
This program consists of one semester of classes and clinical training. The student registers for eleven (11) semester hours (1 credit hour of CPR if needed) of instruction and clinical rotations. Upon successful completion of this EMT program, the student is eligible to take the National Registry Exam. After passing the National Registry Exam, the student is eligible for State of Alabama licensure as an EMT. Students enrolled in the EMT program are responsible for additional cost and fees related to the program and not included in tuition. Such cost include, but are not limited to: physicals, criminal background checks, random drug screening, clinical uniforms, and required clinical supplies.

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Short Certificate – Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
This program is designed to offer emergency medical training for the Advanced EMT (AEMT) program. The advanced EMT program consists of one semester of classes and clinical training. The student registers for ten (10) semester hours of instruction and clinical rotation. If the student does not hold a current CPR card, they must complete a CPR course. The AEMT course and training are designed to provide additional training, knowledge and skills in specific areas of ALS. Skills above the EMT level include IV therapy and the administration of certain medications. Upon successful completion of the AEMT program, the student is eligible to take the National Registry Exam. After passing the National Registry Exam, the student is eligible for State of Alabama licensure as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. Students enrolled in the Advanced EMT program are responsible for additional costs and fees related to the program and not included in tuition. Such costs can include, but are not limited to: physicals, criminal background checks, random drug screening, clinical uniforms and required clinical supplies. Prerequisite: EMT Basic National Registry Exam.

 

 

 

Examination Information
Students enrolled in EMS 118 EMT and EMS 155 AEMT must achieve an “above the passing standard” as defined by the testing software on each module of the six (6) AEMS Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) Competency exams (Airway, Cardiac, Trauma, Medical, OB/Peds and Operations) in order to successfully complete: EMS 119 EMT Clinical, and EMS 156 AEMT Clinical.   Students falling below the passing standards are required to retake the exam and remediate exam scores in areas of deficiency. Students may repeat the exam as often as needed. After successful completion of the six (6) CAT exams, students are eligible to take the comprehensive final exam.

Professional Development and Dual Enrollment
Professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies are available.   Also, courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools.

Course Descriptions

EMS 100. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation I (1-0-1)
This course provides students with concepts as related to areas of basic life support to include coronary artery disease, prudent heart living, symptoms of heart attack, adult one-and-two rescuer CPR, first aid for choking, pediatric basic life support, airway adjuncts, EMS system entry access, automated external defibrillation (AED) and special situations for CPR. Upon course completion, students should be able to identify situations requiring action related to heart or breathing conditions and effectively implement appropriate management for each condition. Students successfully completing this course will receive appropriate documentation of course completion.

EMS 104. First Aid for Students of Health Related Professions (1-0-1)
This course is designed for students who plan to enter a health-related profession and provides educational concepts related to first aid for various health disciplines. The course includes instruction in the emergency administration of oxygen, use of airway adjuncts, medication administration techniques, equipment for mechanical breathing, suctioning techniques and automated external defibrillation (AED). Upon course completion, students should have the ability to recognize emergency situations requiring immediate action and appropriately manage these situations.

EMS 118. Emergency Medical Technician (6-3-9)
Corequisite: EMS 119 -Emergency Medical Technician Clinical
This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of emergency medical services. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, management of trauma patients, management of medical patients, treating infants and children, and various EMS operations. This course is based on the NHTSA-National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards.

EMS 119. Emergency Medical Technician Clinical (0-1-1)
Corequisite: EMS 118-Emergency Medical Technician This course is required to apply for certification as an EMT. This course provides students with clinical education experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned in EMS 118, Emergency Medical Technician Theory and Lab. This course helps student prepare for the National Registry Exam.

EMS 155. Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (4-3-7)
Corequisite: EMS 156
This course is required to apply for certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT). This course introduces the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of the AEMT. The primary focus of the AEMT is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide

patient care and transportation. Topics include: extending the knowledge of the EMT to a more complex breadth and depth, intravenous access and fluid therapy, medication administration and blind insertion airway devices as well as the advanced assessment and management of various medical illnesses and traumatic injuries. This course is based on the NHTSA National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards. Requires licensure or eligibility for licensure at the EMT level and EMS 156 must be taken as a co-requisite.

EMS 156. Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Clinical (0-2-2)
Corequisite: EMS 155
This course is required to apply for certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT). This course provides students with clinical education experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned in EMS 155. This course helps prepare students for the National Registry AEMT Exam. The student will have the opportunity to use the basic and advanced skills of the AEMT in the clinical and field settings under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare professionals. Requires licensure or eligibility for licensure at the EMT level and EMS 155 must be taken as a co-requisite.