The Emergency Services program of study is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of emergency medicine. Upon completion, proficient students will be able to identify careers and features of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, define the importance of workforce safety and wellness, maintain legal and ethical guidelines, correlate anatomy and physiology concepts to the patient with a medical or traumatic injury, and perform EMS skills with a high level of proficiency. If taught with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) instructor, students will be given the opportunity to sit for the National Emergency Medical Responder certification. Students who wish to enter the workforce will be well prepared to begin on the job training for 911 dispatching.
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, Figure 1. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics with employment opportunities more favorable around larger cities. An increasing call volume due to the country’s aging population is expected to keep job prospects high for EMTs and paramedics.
Eight of the 13 community colleges in Tennessee offer EMS training for EMT, Advanced EMT, and EMT paramedic. These programs are all offered as certificate programs, but paramedics may complete additional course work to earn an associate of applied science degree. Upon completion of the chosen certificate program, students must take and pass a certification exam.
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies EMTs and paramedics. All levels of NREMT certification require completing a certified education program and passing the national exam. The national exam has both written and practical parts.