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EMST Paramedic Program

Associate of Applied Science

EMST Paramedic Program

Program Description: This program prepares students to safely provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care, as an entry level Paramedic. Students are taught all aspects of advanced life support in the EMS setting, including but not limited to: advanced airway adjuncts and management, emergency cardiology, traumatic life support, newborn and pediatric advanced life support, and many other lifesaving skills.  The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician level.  

 

The Advanced Life Support (ALS) training begins in the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) courses.  After successful completion of the AEMT training, students will be eligible for the AEMT National Registry exam.  The AEMT National Registry is not required to progress in the program, but it is an option for those students who wish to pursue AEMT certification during the course of the paramedic program. Students who successfully complete both AEMT and Paramedic training components will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam.  The AEMT to Paramedic Bridge Program is developed in alignment with The EMT-Paramedic: National EMS Scope of Practice and the National Education EMS Standards, using the same education standard that is required for traditional Paramedic Programs.  

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A valid National Registry and WV EMTB card must be possessed prior to entry into the AEMT and Paramedic courses, and maintained throughout the entire program.  

Those students who wish to practice in West Virginia as AEMTs, will have to complete the West Virginia Expanded Scope of Practice. Those specific courses will be applied towards your remaining Paramedic course requirements. Students will have to successfully pass the West Virginia AEMT state exam in order to gain West Virginia AEMT certification. Students who successfully complete both AEMT and Paramedic Bridge components, will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam.  

Job Growth: 7%

Job Growth Highlights: The career outlook indicates that employment of Paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics (www.bls.gov/ooh/)

Paramedic Program Admission Criteria

The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Program is a selective admission program. Candidates must meet the admission requirements listed below.

All persons seeking admission to the Paramedic Program:

  1. Must be fully admitted to BridgeValley Community and Technical College. This includes the submission of Scores from standardized tests such as the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACCUPLACER or COMPASS, official high school transcripts or GED (or equivalency) score reports, and official transcripts from all previous colleges attended to the Admissions Office. For students wishing to purse the AAS in EMS, please see the placement guidelines for general education courses: catalog.bridgevalley.edu/content.php?catoid=17&navoid=282#placement-guidelines.
  2. Must also submit the EMS Paramedic Program Application to the EMS Paramedic Program Director, by January 1st, preceding the Spring semester.  These applications will be made available on the website, www.bridgevalley.edu. Official copies of transcripts must accompany your application to the EMS Paramedic Program, and an electronic copy should be sent to the admission department (details in BridgeValley CTC online school application); however, an official BVCTC transcript listing all previous college credit is acceptable.
  3. All students must have a valid CPR card prior to admission that must also be maintained throughout the completion of the program.  
  4. All Students: Must have a current, valid National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMTB) Certification and WV EMTB certification, OR show evidence that you are approved as a State License Only EMTB for WV.  AAS students are permitted to take the EMT-Basic course during the semester preceding the paramedic core courses, but they must possess a valid National EMT-B card and WV EMT certification prior to the first day of paramedic core classes.  Failure to obtain an EMT-B card, will result in dismissal from the program.  
  5. Advanced Placement Option Students: Must have a current, valid National Registry Advanced Care Technician (ACT) certification and WV ACT certification OR current, valid National Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and WV Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) certification. 
  6. Must take the FISDAP Paramedic Entrance Exam.  Students will be required to remediate any area scored below 70%.  An approved remediation plan will be assigned to the student by the Program Director. 
  7. Must have a valid, unencumbered driver’s license.  
  8. Students should be aware that clinical agencies require students to pass a criminal background check and drug screen in order to have learning experiences in their facilities. This will require a criminal and traffic violation check. Other additional admission requirements, such as a screening interview, may be required. All students admitted must meet and be able to perform the Technical Standards of the Program and successfully pass a physical exam by their medical provider.   
  9. The BridgeValley Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. 

 

Accreditation Information

The BridgeValley Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020. There were no graduates during the 2020 reporting year.

CoAEMSP Website: www.coaemsp.org

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312                                               
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992

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BridgeValley Paramedic Program Application Process

1st Step, College Application: If you are a new student, please complete the BridgeValley Student application found at https://www.bridgevalley.edu/apply-now (There is no fee for the BridgeValley Student Application). Students will also need to request High School and any college transcripts to be sent to BridgeValley (details listed in the application).  

2nd Step, FISDAP Entrance Exam: Please follow this link to purchase your FISDAP Entrance Exam, https://www.jblearning.com/cart/Default.aspx?bc=10745-6&ref=psg.  During this process you will be prompted to create an account with the Public Safety Group.  If you do not already have a FISDAP account, you will need to create one at https://members.fisdap.net/account/new/, as well. Once you have completed the account set up and purchased the exam, email the Program Director to schedule your exam and receive the course ID number.  A FISDAP Entrance Exam Study Guide can be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/testing-study-guides/Paramedic+Entrance+Exam_study_guide.pdf.  

3rd Step, Accuplacer Exam: If you have not already completed a placement exam within the last 5 years – ACT, COMPASS, etc., then you will need to complete the Accuplacer Exam with BVCTC.  Approximately 3-5 days after the BridgeValley Student Application is completed, you will receive a Student ID number and can then use it to schedule the Accuplacer exam found at https://www.bridgevalley.edu/accuplacer.  If using the on campus proctoring service, students can schedule using this link, https://www.bridgevalley.edu/student-success-center.  For students wishing to pursue the AAS in EMS, you must meet eligibility score requirements for general education courses. Test prep for the Accuplacer can be found in the attached link, as well.  If you fall below the required placement scores, you can retake the Accuplacer for $5 per section (ex. Math $5, English $5).  Placement scores can be found here: http://catalog.bridgevalley.edu/content.php?catoid=17&navoid=282#placement-guidelines.  

4th Step, Paramedic Program Application Submission: Complete the Paramedic Program Application linked here and submit to the Program Director at [email protected]  

 

Program Director Contact Information:

Brittany McClure, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Assistant Professor/ EMS Program Director

2001 Union Carbide Drive

South Charleston, WV 25303

[email protected]

Phone: 304.205.6642

Course Requirements

EMST 110 EMS Preparatory/Assessment/Public Health ..... 2 Credits

EMST 114 Pharmacology for the EMS Professional ..... 2 Credits

EMST 116 Advanced Med. Emergencies ..... 4 Credits

EMST 118 Advanced Trauma Emergencies ..... 4 Credits

EMST 120 Clinical I ..... 3 Credits

AEMT NR Exam eligible


Total Hours: 15

EMST 226 Advanced Med. Emergencies II ..... 4 Credits

EMST 228 Special Populations ..... 3 Credits

EMST 214 Pharmacology for the EMS Profession II..... 1 Credits

EMST 220 Clinical II ..... 2 Credits

EMST 230 Clinical III ..... 2 Credits

“The Bridge” WVOEMS Expanded Scope of Practice Exam eligible


Total Hours: 12

EMST 210 Rescue Operations ..... 3 Credits

EMST 236 Advanced Med Em. III ..... 3 Credits

EMST 241 Capstone ..... 4 Credits

EMST 240 Clinical IV ..... 3 Credits

Paramedic NR Exam eligible


Total Hours: 13

Paramedic Skill Set Certificate 

Paramedic Science

Credit hour total required for completion: 40

Paramedic Science Skill Set:  “Certificate of Completion” or “Badge” will be presented to students who successfully complete the paramedic core courses, with exit points for AEMT, while they continue to pursue the AAS in EMS.  This option is composed of 40 credit hours of Paramedic core courses.  Student must be a certified EMT-B as a prerequisite for admission and must maintain certification throughout completion of the program

 

Paramedic Science Advanced Skill Set End-of-Program Student Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced level patient care, scene management and transportation as part of an emergency medical services system.
  • Perform a patient assessment, develop and implement a pre-hospital treatment plan as the team leader for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.
  • Provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services system
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all of the skills identified for the role of an entry-level AEMT and Paramedic.
  • Exhibit appropriate skills of interpersonal communication with patients, receiving facility, and other members of the health services team.
  • Provide accurate, timely, complete and consistent documentation of each patient encounter.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency, respect for diversity and the ability to practice in diverse healthcare settings in a multicultural society.
  • Demonstrate personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations for an entry-level AEMT and Paramedic.
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AAS in Emergency Medical Services

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): The AAS in Emergency Medical Services is offered to degree seeking students.  This degree option is encouraged, but it is not required to begin working as an AEMT or Paramedic. The AAS in Emergency Medical Services offers enhanced training in Biology, English, Math, Psychology, Medical Terminology, and EMS Leadership, and is designed to help prepare students for professional advancement in EMS. It is a degree option for those looking to advance their academic and professional journey.

Course Requirements

English 101 English Composition ..... 3 Credits

Math 109 or > Applied College Math or Mathematical Reasoning ..... 3 Credits

PSYC 201 Life Span Development ..... 3 Credits

BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology ..... 4 Credits

EMST 105 Leadership for the EMS Professional ..... 5 Credits

Total Hours: 18

ALHL 105 Medical Terminology ..... 2 Credits

EMST 110 EMS Preparatory/Assessment/Public Health ..... 2 Credits

EMST 114 Pharmacology for the EMS Professional ..... 2 Credits

EMST 116 Advanced Med. Emergencies I ..... 4 Credits

EMST 118 Advanced Trauma Emergencies ..... 4 Credits

EMST 120 Clinical I ..... 3 Credits

AEMT NR Exam eligible

EMS Hours: 15

Total Hours: 17

EMST 226Advanced Emergencies II ..... 4 Credits

EMST 228Special Populations ..... 3 Credits

EMST 214Pharmacology for the EMS Profession II..... 1 Credits

EMST 220Clinical II ..... 2 Credits

EMST 230Clinical III ..... 2 Credits

“The Bridge” WVOEMS Expanded Scope of Practice Exam eligible

Total Hours: 12

EMST 210 Rescue Operations..... 3 Credits

EMST 236 Advanced Emergencies III ..... 3 Credits

EMST 240 Clinical IV..... 3 Credits

EMST 241 Paramedic Capstone..... 4 Credits

Paramedic NR Exam eligible

Total Hours: 13

Associate in Applied Science, AAS

Paramedic Science

Credit hour total required for completion: 60

 

AAS in EMS End-of-Program Student Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced level patient care, scene management and transportation as part of an emergency medical services system.
  • Perform a patient assessment, develop and implement a pre-hospital treatment plan as the team leader for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.
  • Provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services system
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all of the skills identified for the role of an entry-level AEMT and Paramedic.
  • Exhibit appropriate skills of interpersonal communication with patients, receiving facility, and other members of the health services team.
  • Provide accurate, timely, complete and consistent documentation of each patient encounter.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency, respect for diversity and the ability to practice in diverse healthcare settings in a multicultural society.
  • Demonstrate personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations for an entry-level AEMT and Paramedic.
  • Analyze best practices in professional leadership strategies for advancements in EMS.