Emergency Medical Services | Pierpont C&TC
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Tacy, Ben

Program Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
304-367-4501
Caperton Center
501 West Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
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Program Purpose: 

The Paramedic Program provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce. Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence-based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic exam. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational, and government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. in EMS, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Be advocates for patients
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a Paramedic within an EMS system
  • Apply the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to assessment and management of emergency patients
  • Properly administer medications
  • Communicate effectively with patients

Program Outcomes

NREMT Pass Rate Avg: 91%
2015 cohort: 100%
2016 cohort: 94%
2017 cohort: 92%
2018 cohort: 78% (some students still in first-attempt testing phases)

Student Retention: 75% (Majority of attrition due to non-academic reasons)
2015 cohort: 78%
2016 cohort: 75%
2017 cohort: 73%
2018 cohort: 73%

Job Placement: 100%

NREMT Psychomotor Pass Rate: 100%

Opportunities: 

Emergency Medical Services play a key role in the health care delivery system in the United States by providing the appropriate basic, intermediate, and advanced life support to the sick and injured in the pre-hospital setting.

The primary responsibility of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide expert emergency medical care to victims of emergencies and to transport them safely to the appropriate facility.

The individual who successfully completes the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Program will possess these attributes and will be eligible for employment with public and private EMS providers, hospitals, and aero medical services.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

All Applicants seeking admission to the Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Program are required to:

  1. Meet general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  2. Submit an application for admission designating Associate degree Emergency Medical Services as a major field of study.
  3. Submit official high school transcript or verified GED score; ACT or SAT scores if applicable.
  4. Students admitted to the program must complete a physical examination, required immunizations, drug screens and criminal back ground checks prior to participation in any EMS Practicum course.

After complying with the above steps, the student must submit the following to the EMS Coordinator:

  • A photocopy of the following certifications, if held by the applicant: EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic and American Heart Association Provider and /or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR certification.

NOTE: If a student holds a current paramedic certification, the student may be eligible to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Degree after fulfilling the general education components of the program. The equivalent evaluation is done on an individual basis taking into consideration all EMS training and related courses to the field of study.

Qualified students will be ranked according to an impartial scoring system. ACT or SAT scores; high school or college grade point average or GED score; active member of an approved West Virginia EMS agency; and college courses completed that apply to the Associate of Applied Science in EMS degree ( if applicable) are considered in the evaluation process. Students who are not admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next academic year.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in the EMS program and to be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic examination, a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average is required at the end of the program and a favorable recommendation from the program faculty and medical director is required. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in dismissal from the program. Readmission is on the basis of reapplication and reacceptance.

According to West Virginia Division of Health Legislative Rules 64 CSR 48-9 and 48-10, anyone wishing to receive certification from the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services must meet and maintain the qualifications contained in this legislation. Certification will be denied or revoked to anyone not being able to meet these requirements. Contact the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services at (304) 558-3956 or http://www.wvoems.org to obtain a copy of these requirements.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

Pierpont Community & Technical College is proud to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This means that Pierpont’s educational programs and services have been evaluated through a peer review process for quality and continuous improvement. You can be assured that our education meets acceptable quality, federal guidelines, and the transferability of credit.

Since 2013, the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) requires successful completion of an accredited program as an eligibility requirement for National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level. PCTC Paramedic program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the largest programmatic accreditor in the allied health sciences field, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Candidates that graduate from a CAAHEP accredited program retain the ability to apply for national EMS certification that will enhance the ability to apply for reciprocity in the majority of states.

Notice to Students: 

Students must be able to travel to various clinical affiliate sites located throughout North Central West Virginia during the EMS Practicum courses. Additional mini-courses have been incorporated into the EMS courses as needed to better prepare the student for employment after graduation. Participation in these courses is mandatory. Certification fees are required for State or National certification by the agencies governing these courses.

Students who begin the Paramedic program and already have EMT Basic must complete an entrance exam and an orientation with myself.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
68 CHs
Support Coursework: 
12 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER.
MTH 1207 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
SOCY 1110 may be substituted for INFO 1100.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
49 CHs

EMMS 1100

Introduction to EMS
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1103

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
7
CH(s)

EMMS 1104

Emergency Medical Services-Operation
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1106

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum I
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1107

Basic Trauma Life Support
1
CH(s)

EMMS 1110

Introduction to Advanced Life Support Skills Lab
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2203

Advanced Life Support Skills Lab
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2207

Airway Management and Advanced Patient Assessment
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2208

Pathophysiology and Shock Trauma Resuscitation
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2209

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum II
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2211

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum III
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2214

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum IV
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2228

Medical Patient Emergencies I
4
CH(s)

EMMS 2229

Medical Patient Emergencies II
4
CH(s)

EMMS 2230

EMS Cardiology
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2231

EMS Cardiology Lab
1
CH(s)

EMMS 2995

Assessment Based Management
2
CH(s)

EMMS ELEC

Emergency Medical Services Elective
1
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

EMMS 1100

Introduction to EMS
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1104

Emergency Medical Services-Operation
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1103

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
7
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

EMMS ELEC

Emergency Medical Services Elective
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
EMMS 1103: Successful completion will allow students to be eligible for EMT-B Certification.

Spring Semester

EMMS 1106

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum I
2
CH(s)

EMMS 1107

Basic Trauma Life Support
1
CH(s)

EMMS 1110

Introduction to Advanced Life Support Skills Lab
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2207

Airway Management and Advanced Patient Assessment
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2208

Pathophysiology and Shock Trauma Resuscitation
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2228

Medical Patient Emergencies I
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Summer Semester

EMMS 2209

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum II
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2211

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum III
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2230

EMS Cardiology
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2231

EMS Cardiology Lab
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
8 CHs
Fall Semester

EMMS ELEC

Emergency Medical Services Elective
1
CH(s)

EMMS 2203

Advanced Life Support Skills Lab
2
CH(s)

EMMS 2214

Emergency Medical Services-Practicum IV
3
CH(s)

EMMS 2229

Medical Patient Emergencies II
4
CH(s)

EMMS 2995

Assessment Based Management
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs

Upon successful completion of all above coursework, students will be eligible for Paramedic Certification.

Spring Semester

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs

SOCY 1110 may be substituted for INFO 1100.
MTH 1207 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.

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