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. Clinical exposures in local hospitals assure appropriate experience in dealing with emergencies for all age groups including pediatrics and geriatrics.
The Paramedic program involves 43 course hours and takes three concurrent semesters (approximately 1 full year) after completion of the Advanced EMT curriculum. The summer term includes 12 credit hours of clinical training in the field
Those considering the Paramedic Technical Certificate program must be licensed as an AEMT in the state of Tennessee. Students are admitted to the Paramedic technical certificate program through a competitive selection process. The program is not open to general enrollment. Individuals wishing to be selected must complete the following application process:
- Tennessee-licensed AEMT applicants must complete this letter of interest Paramedic Application
- Apply to the College submitted
- Proof of immunity is required for MMR, Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox), and Hepatitis B
- Meet the reading requirement of a 12th grade reading level by either:
- Compass or Accuplacer Test Score
- Successful completion of ENGL 1010
- Submit all transcripts from previous college-level courses to Admissions (as applicable)
- Complete an Advanced EMT Knowledge Examination
- Personal Interview
- Meet program-specific requirements
Important Dates and Application
Next class starts May 2022 (Summer Semester); all future classes start summer semester of that year.
Application Deadline: January 31st of that year.
Entrance Exams: First Week in February
Interviews: Second Week of February
Selection: Third Week of February
Next class starts August 2022 (Fall Semester); all future classes start Fall semester of that year.
Application Deadline: April 30th of that year
Entrance Exams: Third week of May
Interviews: Fourth Week of May
Selection: First week of June
First Semester (15 Hours)
|EMSP 1801*||Fundamentals of Paramedic I||8|
|EMSP 1401*||Paramedic Skills Lab I||4|
|EMSP 1311*||Paramedic Clinical I||3|
Second Semester (16 Hours)
|EMSP 2802*||Fundamentals of Paramedic II||8|
|EMSP 2402*||Paramedic Skills Lab II||4|
|EMSP 2412*||Paramedic Clinical Lab II||4|
Third Semester (12 hours)
|EMSP 2403*||Paramedic Capstone||4|
|EMSP 2303*||Paramedic Practicum||3|
|EMSP 2513*||Paramedic Field Internship||5|
CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The Paramedic program of Volunteer State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The program’s goal is “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."
The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report is for the calendar year 2020.
The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 89.7%. The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 97.5%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/ or continuing his/ her education and/ or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. The most recent retention rate was 95.2%.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 -113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
To contact Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP):
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992