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EMT

Emergency Medical TechniciansMedical Responder
The Medical Responder course is approximately 60 to 80 hours in length and includes classroom and skills components. Students must be a minimum of 17 years of age to enter the course. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to sit for the NC OEMS credentialing examination for Medical Responder. 

Industrial courses are offered as requested and tuition and course fees are applicable. A course textbook will be available through the CVCC Bookstore and cost is approximately $ 50.00. 

Tuition is waived for public safety personnel who are active members within their respective disciplines or other groups eligible for tuition waivers in North Carolina Administrative Codes; however, everyone must pay for insurance, CPR cards, specialty certification cards and textbook/workbooks.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
An EMT-Basic course is approximately 160 to 185 hours in length, and includes classroom, skills development, and clinical components. The clinical portion involves observation time spent in an Urgent Care Center under the supervision of medical staff and another facet involves responding to emergency calls with one of the local county EMS providers. The course is generally offered 2 evenings per week, with occasional Saturday class meetings and lasts approximately 4 months. Accelerated courses are available based upon request and need. 

Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to sit for the NC OEMS credentialing examination for EMT-Basic. Students are required to be a minimum of 17 years of age to enroll in the course and may enroll as a dual enrollee from High School. All other students must hold a High School diploma or G.E.D. or demonstrate a reading proficiency of at least 10th grade on a standard reading examination. Students are required to submit a certified criminal background check to the clinical EMS affiliate when instructed by said affiliate.  

Costs for the course includes tuition $180 (if applicable), liability and accident insurance $15.75, CPR card $6, lab fees $10.00, textbook and workbook approximately $160. (Any and all fees are subject to change without notice). The student may also be required to purchase other supplies such as uniform shirt and name badge. 

Tuition is waived for public safety personnel who are active members within their respective disciplines or other groups eligible for tuition waivers in North Carolina Administrative Codes; however, everyone must pay for insurance, CPR cards, specialty certification cards, lab fees and textbook/workbooks.

Emergency Medical Technician–Intermediate
CVCC offers the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) program, to the standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Ofice of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). The course includes classroom and practical skills instruction, as well as clinical practice. The clinical portion includes both in-hospital and EMS sessions. The total course length is approximately 170 hours, along with 96 hours of clinical hours. 
Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to sit for the NC OEMS credentialing examination for EMT-Intermediate. 

Eligibility requirements for this course include:

  • Students must hold a High School diploma or G.E.D.
  • Students are required to submit a certified criminal background check to the clinical EMS affiliate and receive approval for clinical internship.
  • Students must hold a valid NC or National Registry credential as an EMT-Basic that will not expire before course end.
  • Students must possess a valid CPR card at the Healthcare Provider level.
  • Students must pass a reading, writing and mathematics placement test administered through the CVCC Testing Center.

Costs for the course includes tuition $175.00 (if applicable), liability and accident insurance $15.75, lab fees $50, textbook and workbook $130. (Any and all fees are subject to change without notice). The student will also be required to purchase other supplies, such as two uniforms through a CVCC approved vendor, stethoscope, scissors, etc. 

Tuition is waived for public safety personnel who are active members within their respective disciplines or other groups eligible for tuition waivers in North Carolina Administrative Codes; however, everyone must pay for insurance, CPR cards, specialty certification cards and textbook/workbooks.

EMS Specialty Courses

  • ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    This course follows the standard American Heart Association guidelines. It provides physicians, nurses, paramedics and other health care providers with information concerning advanced management of the cardiac patient.
  • EMS Instructor Methodology
    The purpose of this course is to provide students who are clinically competent in a specific EMS content area with the instructional knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively deliver quality EMS education.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's EMS Instructor Training Program: National Standard Curriculum Course (1995) is the official course meeting the Instructor Methodology Course requirement for credentialing as a Level I Instructor. Any other course used to meet this requirement must be submitted to the appropriate EMS Regional Office for review and approval/disapproval.
  • ITLS – International Trauma Life Support
  • PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    The P.A.L.S. course is designed to certify Emergency Medical Personnel in Pediatric Advanced Life Support through the American Heart Association. This course teaches the proper evaluation and treatment of a pediatric patient in cardiopulmonary arrest. Upon successful completion, the student will be awarded P.A.L.S. certification from the American Heart Association.
  • SMAT – State Medical Assistance Team
    This course must follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS. The Office of EMS must approve courses that include portions delivered via distance education. The curriculum for the State Medical Assistance Team: Type 3 (SMAT3) educational program shall include Hazardous Materials Review, Incident Command, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Responder Health and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination, Foreign Animal Disease, and Triage. Equipment set-up, practical skills and scenarios are an integral part of the educational program. 
  • SWAT-MEDIC
    Special Weapons and Tactics-MEDIC by provider only!
  • Additional certification fees are required by the affiliated agency. Ie: instructor manual, certification card, and application fee, etc. and will be provided upon registration.

Medical Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic Refresher courses are occasionally offered based upon demand. In-Service class listings are available through the Public Safety Training Calendar.


» EMT & BLS In-Service Class Schedule (PDF)
 
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Updated 07.31.2014: Public Safety Innovation Center