Emergency Medical Training

Emergency Medical Training

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Tri-County Community College’s Emergency Medical Training Classes offer certification and re-certification programs through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS). Programs offered include Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, as well as Continuing Education credits. Classes are also offered in CPR/First Aid, CPR-Healthcare Provider, ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, AMLS, TCCC and more.

Emergency Medical Services courses at TCCC are designed to provide public safety personnel with the continuing education needed for re-certification and professional development. Great care has been taken to provide current and relevant classes based on the needs of our students. Therefore, changes and updates to this schedule may occur.

For up-to-date information, please visit www.tricountycc.edu and click on the Community and Business tab or Contact Bryan Gagnon, at (828) 835-4227 or Kim Fairlie at (828) 835-4215 for more information.

Please note that Advanced Placement, Transfer of Credits, or Credits for Experiential Learning are NOT available for students in any of the emergency medical training programs of study.

Note: Registration fees for these classes are established by the NC Legislature, however, members of North Carolina Public Safety departments who are in “Good Standing” may qualify for a registration fee waiver if the class meets the training needs of the public safety agency. Each registered student is responsible for other applicable costs including books, uniforms, insurance, technology, parking, or supplies.

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

Minimum Expectations

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 and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

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

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs,
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158,
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
214-703-8445
www.coaemsp.org

Need to check accreditation? Go to:  www.caahep.org

Tri-County Community College
Paramedic Student/Graduate Achievement Results

Graduation Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
NC Paramedic Exam - Pass Rate 0/0 0/0 6/7*         85% 3/3          100% 2/2          100%
NREMT Paramedic - Pass Rate 0/0 2/2       100% 3/3 *      100% 4/5            80% 1/1          100%
Attrition N/A 6/8         75% 6/14         42% 3/10          30% 4/6            67%
Retention %       N/A 2//8       25% 8/14         57% 7/10          70% 2/4            33%
Positive Placement         N/A 2/2       100% 8/8         100% 9/10          90% 2/2          100%

* Students testing still on going


Spring Term

Date Class: Meeting days Hours  Total Hours
Jan - May EMT Mon, Tues, Wed 6pm-10pm 288

Jan - Jun

AEMT (1st Section) Mon, Tues, Wed 6pm-10pm 305
Jan - Mar EMS-3163 *Class runs as needed Online Online 96

 *** Class start dates will vary, please call or email for more information and program application packet

Summer Term

Date Class: Meeting days Hours  Total Hours
May - July EMR Mon 6pm-10pm 72
June - July Paramedic (Section 1) Mon, Tues, Wed 6pm-10pm 330
May - July EMS-3163 *Class runs as needed Online Online 96

 *** Class start dates will vary, please call or email for more information and program application packet

Fall Term

Date Class: Meeting days Hours  Total Hours
Aug - Oct EMT Mon, Tues, Wed 6pm-10pm 288
Aug - Oct Paramedic (Section 2) Mon, Tues, Wed 6pm-10pm 427
Aug - Oct EMS-3163 *Class runs as needed Online Online 96

*** Class start dates will vary, please call or email for more information and program application packet

*** Admission to any initial education class requires an application process. This includes gathering of several medical records, obtaining a physical, entrance exams, and copies of several personal documentation papers. The entire process will be out lined step by step in the application packet. This packet must be complete before that orientation class which will be held in the week prior to class starting. Please call for specific dates. To obtain your application packet please call or email any of the 3 EMS instructors listed at the bottom of the page. ***


AEMT-PARAMEDIC Bridge (EMS 4303)

This CoAEMSP accredited course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS to prepare students to test for the State credential of Paramedic and the National Registry credential of Paramedic. This course will start in June continue through summer and finish in December. Paramedic includes clinical rotations in the field, hospital, and specialty medical units.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Successful completion of an AEMT program and mastery of course level competency to be determined though valid certification
  • Completion of a competency entrance exam based on current National EMS Education Standards, for all those enter
  • High School diploma or high school equivalency.
  • Must hold current AHA Provider level BLS/CPR certification.
  • Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension and English language writing skills on a post-secondary level OR completion of College level English class
  • Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing mathematical skills at a minimum at the post-secondary grade level OR completion of College level Math class

CO-REQUISITE

  • Completion of an Anatomy & Physiology course.
  • Completion of an Anatomy & Physiology course:
    • EMS 3163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology –or-
    • BIO- 168 & 169: Anatomy & Physiology I & II (Must complete both sections.)

Paramedic Class Cost:

Institutional Fees (including Technology, Parking and Insurance)         $32.55 (per section)
Registration Fees (student may qualify for fee waiver see below)        $180.00 (per section)

Required Textbook
Emcareinthestreets  Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets (2 Volume set) 8th Edition
ISBN-13: 978-1284137279
ISBN-10: 1284137279

Additional Required Materials and Estimated Cost:

TCCC Public Safety T-shirt (Available at TCCC Book Store) ($28.00)
Polo Shirt for Clinical Rotations ($50.00)
Student is also responsible for Boots
Black EMS BDU style pants
Clinical Scheduling, Skills Tracking and Testing Software ($190.00)
Drug Screening, Background Checks Compliance Tracker ($110.00)
Vaccination Updates and Titers (cost varies)

*Fee Waiver eligible if on North Carolina EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad.

AEMT (EMS 4300)

This course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS to prepare students to test for the State credential of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and the National Registry credential of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. This course will be web-based with a combination of online and classroom portions, along with clinical rotations performed in the field and hospital settings, it will also serve as the first section of the AEMT- Paramedic bridge program.

STUDENT PRE-REQUISITES

  • Successful completion of all EMT educational requirements, before participating in the clinical education and field internship components of the AEMT (Advanced EMT) education program.
  • High School diploma or high school equivalency.
  • Must hold current AHA Provider level BLS/CPR certification.
  • Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension and English language writing skills on a post-secondary level.
  • Demonstration of mathematical skills at a minimum at the post-secondary grade level.

 AEMT Class Cost:
Institutional Fees (including Technology, Parking and Insurance)                     $32.55
Registration Fees (student may qualify for fee waiver see below)                     $180.00

Required Textbook
AdvancedEMT

 Advanced EMT: A Clinical Reasoning Approach Second Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0134420127
ISBN-10: 0134420128

Additional Required Materials and Estimated Cost:

ISBN-13: 978-0134420127
ISBN-10: 0134420128
Additional Required Materials and Estimated Cost:
TCCC Public Safety T-shirt (Available at TCCC Book Store) ($28.00)
Polo Shirt for Clinical Rotations ($50.00)
Student is also responsible for Boots
Castlebranch Trackers, Background Check & Drug Test ($110.00)
Black EMS style pants
Clinical Scheduling, Skills Tracking & Testing Software ($190.00)
Vaccination Updates and Titers

*Fee Waiver eligible if on North Carolina EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad.

EMT (EMS 4200)

This course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS to prepare students to test for the State and National credential of Emergency Medical Technician. This course will be web-based with a combination of online and classroom portions.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 17 years of age on or before the official date of the course.
  • Possession of high school diploma, high school equivalency or successful completion of an exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum at the eleventh-grade level.
  • Any learning disabilities that may qualify the student for special consideration by the Office of EMS in the written credentialing examination.

EMT CLASS COST:
Institutional Fees (including Technology, Parking and Insurance)                     $32.55
Registration Fees (student may qualify for fee waiver see below)                     $180.00

Required Textbook
Emergency Care 13th editionEmergency Care 13th Edition
ISBN-10: 0134024559
ISBN-13: 9780134024554

Additional Required Materials and Estimated Cost:

TCCC Public Safety T-shirt (Available at TCCC Book Store) ($28.00)
Polo Shirt for Clinical Rotations ($50.00)
Castlebranch Trackers, Background Check & Drug Test ($110.00)
Platinum Planner and Testing ($150.00)
Student is also responsible for Boots &
Black EMS BDU style pants
Vaccination updates and or titers

*Fee Waiver eligible if on North Carolina EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad.

EMR (EMS 4100)

his course will follow the guidelines established by the NC Office of EMS to prepare students to test for the State and National credential of Emergency Medical Responder. This course will be web-based with a combination of online and classroom portions.

STUDENT PRE-REQUISITES

  • 17 years of age on or before the official end date of the course.
  • Possession of a high school diploma, high school equivalency or successful completion of an exam assessing basic reading comprehension skills at a minimum at the tenth-grade level.
  • Documentation of any learning disabilities that may qualify the student for special consideration by the Office of EMS in the written credentialing examination.

EMR CLASS COST:
Intuitional Fees (including Technology, Parking and Insurance)                     $19.55
Registration Fees (student may qualify for fee waiver see below)                $180.00

Textbook Required
EMMedResponder

Emergency Medical Responder 6/E
ISBN: 0134988469

Additional Required Materials and Estimated Cost:
TCCC Public Safety T-shirt (Available at TCCC Book Store) $28.00
Student is also responsible for Boots &
Black EMS BDU style pants

*Fee Waiver eligible if on North Carolina EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad.

Physiology (EMS 3000)

This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. This course must meet or exceed the specific guidelines of the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS), including all content, lab, and instructor requirements.

Textbook Required
EMMedResponder

Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care, 3rd Edition
©2020 Pearson

ISBN-13: 978-0135211458
ISBN-10: 013521145X

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*Fee Waiver eligible if on North Carolina EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad.


Special Topic and Certification

*Due to the ongoing Corona Pandemic some classes will need to be cancelled or rescheduled.  Please email Bryan or Henry to confirm class date and times. 

Specialty Classes

Month Class Time Hours Location
Jan Bloodborne Pathogen 9:00-5:00 pm 4 Online
Feb EMS Safety 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
Mar RSI & Difficult Airway 9:00-5:00 pm 4 TCCC
Apr EVOS 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
May ACLS (2022) ACLS EP (2023) 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
Jun Burns 9:00-5:00 pm 4 TCCC
Jul 12 Lead Class 9:00-5:00 pm 4 TCCC
Aug AMLS 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
Sep RSI & Difficult Airway 9:00-5:00 pm 4 TCCC
Oct PHTLS (2022) ITLS (2023) 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
Nov PALS (2022) EPC (2023) 9:00-5:00 pm 8 TCCC
Dec TECC * 2 consecutive 8 hr days 9:00-5:00 pm 16 TCCC

***Specialty classes will be offered two times on the second Tuesday of the month and the immediately following Thursday

***16 hour classes will only be held once but take place on the above mentioned days. Must attend both days to receive credit.

Scheduled BLS/CPR Classes

Month Class Time Hours Location
Feb CPR 6:00-10:00 pm 4 TCCC
June CPR 6:00-10:00 pm 4 TCCC
October CPR 6:00-10:00 pm 4 TCCC

***CPR Classes are held the first Thursday of the month listed above
***CPR schedule above is to start 2020 call for class time and dates schedules prior to 2020

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
16 hrs. Full class and refresher 8 hrs.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.
16 hrs. Full class and refresher 8 hrs.

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

NAEMT’s Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) course is the first EMS education program that fully addresses how to best assess and manage the most common medical crises in patients, offering a “think outside the box” methodology. It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians.
16 hrs. Full class and refresher 8 hrs.

Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)

NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) course focuses on the care of sick and injured children, addressing a full spectrum of emergency illnesses, injuries and scenarios that an EMS practitioner might encounter. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of the most common pediatric emergency issues, and stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.
16 hrs. Full class and refresher 8 hrs.

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

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 through global education. 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.
16 hrs. Full class and refresher 8 hrs.

EMS Safety

NAEMT’s EMS Safety course aims to promote a culture of EMS safety and help reduce the number and intensity of injuries incurred by EMS practitioners in carrying out their work. The course increases the practitioners’ awareness and understanding of EMS safety standards and practices and develops their ability to effectively implement them. EMS Safety is the first national and most comprehensive education program of its kind that teaches techniques on how to best achieve safety on the job.
8 hrs.

Blood Borne Pathogen

OSHA’s Blood Borne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to safeguard employees who face potential occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
4 hrs.


2022-2023 TCCC Online Con Ed Schedule

2022 Q1 Evidence Based Guidelines [0.5 Hour], Ambulance Safety [0.5 Hour], EMS Provider Hygiene, Safety, and Vaccinations [0.5 Hour], EMS Culture of Safety [0.5 Hour]
2022 Q1 Ventilation [2 Hours], Capnography [1 Hour], Oxygenation [0.5 Hour], Congestive Heart Failure [0.5 Hour]
2022 Q1 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (6.0 Hour)
2022 Q1 Cardiac Arrest [2 Hours], Acute Coronary Syndrome [1 Hour], Post-Resuscitation Care [0.5 Hour], Ventricular Assist Devices [0.5 Hour]
2022 Q1 Pediatric Cardiac Arrest [2.5 Hours], Stroke [1.5 Hours]
2022 Q1 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)
2022 Q3 Trauma Triage [1 Hour], Central Nervous System (CNS) Injury [1 Hour], Hemorrhage Control [0.5 Hour], Fluid Resuscitation [0.5 Hour], Pain Management [1 Hour]
2022 Q3 Field Triage—Disasters/MCIs [1 Hour], Pediatric Transport [0.5 Hour], OB Emergencies [0.5 Hour], EMS Research[1 Hour], Crew Resource Management [1 Hour]
2022 Q3 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)
2022 Q4 Medication Delivery [1 Hour], Endocrine Emergencies – Diabetes[1 Hour], Immunological Emergencies [0.5 Hour], Infectious Diseases [0.5 Hour], At-Risk Populations [1 Hour]
2022 Q4 Special Healthcare Needs [2 Hours], Neurological Emergencies – Seizures[0.5 Hour], Toxicological Emergencies – Opioids[0.5 Hour], Psychiatric and Behavioral Emergencies  [1 Hour]
2022 Q4 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)
2023 Q1 Evidence Based Guidelines [0.5 Hour], Ambulance Safety [0.5 Hour], EMS Provider Hygiene, Safety, and Vaccinations [0.5 Hour], EMS Culture of Safety[0.5 Hour]
2023 Q1 Ventilation [2 Hours], Capnography [1 Hour], Oxygenation [0.5 Hour], Congestive Heart Failure [0.5 Hour]
2023 Q1 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (6.0 Hour)
2023 Q2 Cardiac Arrest [2 Hours], Acute Coronary Syndrome [1 Hour], Post-Resuscitation Care [0.5 Hour], Ventricular Assist Devices [0.5 Hour]
2023 Q2 Pediatric Cardiac Arrest [2.5 Hours], Stroke [1.5 Hours]
2023 Q2 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)
2023 Q3 Trauma Triage [1 Hour], Central Nervous System (CNS) Injury [1 Hour], Hemorrhage Control [0.5 Hour], Fluid Resuscitation [0.5 Hour], Pain Management [1 Hour]
2023 Q3 Field Triage—Disasters/MCIs [1 Hour], Pediatric Transport [0.5 Hour], OB Emergencies [0.5 Hour], EMS Research[1 Hour], Crew Resource Management [1 Hour]
2023 Q3 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)
2023 Q4 Medication Delivery [1 Hour], Endocrine Emergencies – Diabetes[1 Hour], Immunological Emergencies [0.5 Hour], Infectious Diseases [0.5 Hour], At-Risk Populations [1 Hour]
2023 Q4 Special Healthcare Needs [2 Hours], Neurological Emergencies – Seizures[0.5 Hour], Toxicological Emergencies – Opioids[0.5 Hour], Psychiatric and Behavioral Emergencies  [1 Hour]
2023 Q4 LOCAL TOPIC CHOICE (4.0 Hour)

Contact Information:
For further information regarding any Emergency Medical Classes or to obtain an application packet, please contact prior to registering for class.

Henry Angelopulos
Director of Public Safety Training
828-835-4251
hangelopulos@tricountycc.edu

Bryan Gagnon
Lead EMS Instructor/ Clinical Coordinator
828-835-4227
bgagnon@tricountycc.edu

Kim Fairlie
AHA Coordinator/ Public Safety Instructor
828-835-4215
kfairlie@tricountycc.edu

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