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.

The EMT-Basic technical certificate program is one semester that involves four courses: basic emergency medical service theories; EMS clinical practice; anatomy and physiology for pre-hospital providers; and introduction to emergency pharmacology.

Applicants to the entry-level program must have a high school diploma or GED and be able to handle heavy lifting and strenuous activity. Up to 16 students are admitted each semester Vol State offers the program, which has 18 course credits.

Graduates are eligible to take the Tennessee Initial EMT–Basic Licensing Examination and the EMT-IV Extended Skills Licensing Examination. Successful graduates also are eligible for more advanced classes offered at other locations.

Entry-level EMTs work under the direction of medical personnel, often by radio. They are trained to recognize, evaluate and manage medical, trauma and environmental emergencies. Paramedics are trained and licensed to deliver more advanced care.

Those considering Vol State’s Paramedic Technical Certificate program must take all the basic EMT courses. Students are admitted to the Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic technical certificate program through a competitive selection process. The program is not open to general enrollment, and applicants must have an EMT-Basic license in Tennessee.

Paramedic courses cover advanced trauma care, emergencies involving children and pregnant women, handling elderly patients, home care interventions and pharmacology. Students in the paramedic program take several classes in paramedic theories and fundamentals of emergency medical service. The summer term includes 12 credit hours of clinical training in the field.

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Vol State’s courses follow the current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum.