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It is hard to imagine the scene of a bad car accident, natural disaster or medical crisis at home without an ambulance in the picture. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics have become a vital part of both our public safety and health care systems. Responding to emergencies, administering care and saving lives is exciting. It also is difficult and stressful. But this demanding profession is always in demand, especially in cities and private ambulance services. Volunteer State Community College offers training for entry-level EMTs as well as paramedics.

Volunteer State Community College offers both entry-level and advanced training for emergency responders. Students also have the option of continuing their studies and earning an Associate’s of Applied Science degree.

Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician technical certificate program is the required course of studies designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as professional medical care providers in a pre-hospital setting such as an ambulance service.

The EMT technical certificate program involves six courses completed in one semester. These are prerequisite courses for persons considering entry into the Paramedic Technical Certificate and the A.A.S. Degree programs.

The EMT duties include the recognition, assessment, and basic management of medical, trauma, and environmental emergencies under the direction of on or off-line medical control. The courses follow the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum. Students who successfully complete the course work and clinical components of the program are eligible for the Tennessee Initial EMT Licensing Examination.

Courses are offered at several off-campus locations that may include Nashville and Clarksville. Students enrolled must successfully complete all didactic and clinical components of the program to be eligible to take professional licensing examinations.

EMT Enrollment Requirements

The EMT Certificate is available to all students who are at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or HSE. Students should be physically able to perform heavy lifting or strenuous activity for extended periods of time and must demonstrate the ability to perform these tasks during classroom and clinical periods. 

Applicants to the entry-level program must have a high school diploma or HSE and be able to handle heavy lifting and strenuous activity.


The Paramedic technical certificate program is designed to prepare competent entry level graduates in emergency medical care to serve in emergency care settings such as an ambulance service. Using the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum, discussions include the application of advanced patient assessment, problem recognition, and advanced treatment modalities for medical, trauma, and environmental emergencies. Clinical exposures in local hospitals assure appropriate experience in dealing with emergencies for all age groups including pediatrics and geriatrics.

The Paramedic program involves 44 course hours and takes three concurrent semesters (approximately 1 full year) after completion of the basic EMS coursework. The summer term includes 12 credit hours of clinical training in the field

Those considering the Paramedic Technical Certificate program must take all the EMT courses. Students are admitted to the Paramedic technical certificate program through a competitive selection process. The program is not open to general enrollment, and applicants must have an AEMT license in Tennessee. Individuals wishing to be selected must complete the following application process:

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