The purpose of the Emergency Medical Services Program is to prepare qualified applicants to provide basic and advanced emergency care in clinical and in field environments. Graduates qualify for employment with fire and rescue departments, ambulance services, industries and emergency departments within medical facilities. EMS education spans 2 levels of competency: EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic. Additionally, students may obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree in EMS. Each level of competency meets or exceeds standards set forth by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.), National Standard Training Curriculum, and by the State of Alabama Department of Public Health. The Emergency Medical Technologist Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs in association with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.
Students may enroll in the EMS program with the intention of completing only the courses required for EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic certification. Upon successful completion of either of the two levels of certification, the student will be eligible to take the EMT National Registry examination for state licensure.
Students who wish to receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree must complete both EMT certificate levels and all academic core curriculum course requirements.
All EMS students must take the Compass exam. Students completing the COMPASS test should see the program director for placement into the English and math classes. Because EMS programs contain a clinical component, students are required to meet additional health requirements as well as the “Essential Functions of the EMT.” These are given out on the first day of class and are available upon request. Questions regarding the EMS program should be directed to the program recruiter at 256-331-5336.
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