In an effort to provide the highest quality Emergency Medical Science education, Tri-County Community College has become the first community college in North Carolina to implement the new federal Emergency Medical Science (EMS) National Standard Curriculum.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has consolidated its EMS curriculum to create a national standard that consists of three levels: EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic. Community colleges have until January of 2015 to implement these changes.
In preparation for the new curriculum, renovations were made to the West Building on the main campus in Peachtree. The TCCC EMS program now includes additional classroom space and a clinical airway lab.
“We essentially performed a total reboot on our Emergency Medical Science program,” said Jeff Ledford, Coordinator and Instructor of Emergency Medical Training. “The response to these changes has been very exciting. There are currently 42 paramedic students enrolled in our new EMS program.”
The curriculum is now competency-based and has expanded on needed subjects like cardiology and pharmacology. Preceptors are now held to a higher standard to ensure that EMS students receive knowledgeable mentors as they study in the field.
The College currently offers a variety of different classes within the EMS program, including continuing education, a degree program, and a bridge program to allow existing paramedics to earn their Associate in Applied Science. The TCCC Paramedic program is also on track for accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
“We are very proud to be the first community college in the state to restructure our Emergency Medical Science program,” said TCCC President Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers. “This curriculum will allow us to continue providing high quality education for our students and remain on the forefront of workforce development in the field of emergency medicine.”
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