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What You Can Get

Credentialed in:

  • Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic

Locations

What It’s About

Blue Ridge Community College is proud to present all of the emergency medical classes as directed by the Office of Emergency Medical Services. Please review the certifications that are attached. We offer many certification and non-certification classes in Henderson and Transylvania counties.
Some of the classes offered are:

  • Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced EMT
  • Paramedic
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

Jobs Available

  • Rescue Squad or Fire Department Member
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced EMT
  • Paramedic

Salary You’ll Make

  • Rescue Squad or Fire Department Member: $24,000-48,000 Annually
  • Emergency Medical Technician: $24,000-35,000 Annually
  • Advanced EMT: $24,000-40,000 Annually
  • Paramedic: $28,000-50,000 Annually

two e m s students load a patient in an ambulance with an instructor looking onEmergency Services Training Courses

For information about the Emergency Services Training Courses offered, contact emergencyservices@blueridge.edu.

Emergency Services Training Course Descriptions

Medical Responder

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 MR educational program shall be the 1995 United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) First Responder Course: National Standard Curriculum.

Student Prerequisites: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma
Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum at the tenth grade level

Emergency Medical Technician

This course must follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS. The curriculum for the EMT educational program shall be the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards: Emergency Medical Technician, Jan. 2009. The EMT program must be conducted by an approved Basic or Advanced Educational Institution as defined in the rules of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. In this course, the student will learn the basics of emergency medical care in the Pre-hospital environment. The student will be exposed to 200 hours of didactic and psychomotor skills. They also will be required to attend at least 40 hours of practical exercise. This class will prepare the student to operate in the pre-hospital environment with or without an affiliation to an emergency provider.

Student prerequisites: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum at the tenth grade level. This course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS.

Advanced EMT

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 Advanced EMT educational program shall be objectives identified from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Jan. 2009.

Student prerequisites:
1. Successful completion of an EMT course
2. High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma
3. Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension and English skills at a minimum at the post-secondary grade level
4. Demonstration of math skills at a minimum at the high school grade level

Paramedic

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 EMT-Paramedic Educational program shall be the 1998 Release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMT-Paramedic Course: National Standard Curriculum. The BRCC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Prerequisites:
1. Successful completion of an EMT course
2. High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma
3. Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing Basic reading comprehension and English skills at a minimum at the post-secondary grade level
4. Demonstration of math skills at a minimum t the high school grade level.

Bloodborne Pathogens

This class will provide emergency response personnel with the training needed to meet the requirements for an infection control Policy – NFPA 1581 and the Ryan White Law – Public Law 101-381 and will train personnel for their role to respond to an infection control situation.

Educational Methodology for Emergency Services

This course will provide instruction for personnel who wish to teach fire and EMS subjects. The course material is the IFSTA Fire and Emergency Service Instructor Program. Instructors for this class must be qualified by a committee of three representatives from OSFM, OEMS and NCCCS. This course meets the objectives of NFPA 1041 Level II Standard.

NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support

NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care.

Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP)

The Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP) is a 14- to 16-hour course, which presents the scope of knowledge in pediatrics that defines paramedic pre-hospital pediatric practice. It is an ALS course. Therefore, the material assumes a minimum BLS background in pre-hospital pediatric care. Topics include guidelines, self-assessment cases, airway management in children and core pediatric procedures. The skill stations include airway management, vascular access and drug administration, family communication, immobilization and restraint, and newborn resuscitation. PEPP can be used as a basic pediatric education course, or it can be used to compliment and augment the American Heart Association’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. This program is coordinated with the NC Office of EMS.

What You’ll Gain

North Carolina Office of EMS Credentials:
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/EMS/credcomp.htm

Competencies

Every class meets or exceeds the requirements as set forth by the North Carolina office of Emergency Medical Services for each individual class.

The Blue Ridge Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Advanced Level Psychomotor Examination

This examination is required for Advanced EMT’s and Paramedics seeking certification through the NREMT. Prior to registration with us, please follow all of the steps outlined in the NREMT AEMT Candidate Handbook, or the NREMT Paramedic Candidate Handbook  To register for the exam, include your Psychomotor Authorization to Test number in your communication with Blue Ridge Community College, so we can register your reservation with National Registry. The exam fee is $95.00, payable by credit card, check or money order on the day of the exam. On the day of the exam, please report to the third floor lobby of the Health Science Building, 805 6th Avenue W, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

Contact Us

Troy Stauter
Chair, Emergency Medical Science
(828) 694-1732
emergencyservices@blueridge.edu

Jared C. Schoenfeld
EMS Faculty
(828) 694-4766
j_schoenfeld@blueridge.edu