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 (EMT) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as medical care providers in the pre-hospital setting. The program includes six courses to be completed all within the same semester. Courses follow the current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum. Successful completion of these courses will render the student eligible for licensure as an EMT in the state of Tennessee.

EMT is a prerequisite for persons considering entry into the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course as well as the Paramedic Technical Certificate and A.A.S. Degree programs.

Duties of an EMT include recognition, assessment, and basic management of pre-hospital emergencies resulting from medical, traumatic, or environmental causes under the direction of medical control.

EMT Enrollment Requirements

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The EMT certificate is available to students who are at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and a valid driver’s license. Students should be able to lift 125 pounds, work in a variety of terrains and environments, have good motor coordination, function with high levels of ambient noise, and read maps. Student must also be able to communicate well verbally and in writing.


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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