Emergency Medical Services Technician-Paramedic | Pierpont C&TC
Certificate in Applied Science (CAS)
Emergency Medical Services Technician-Paramedic

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: 

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%

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
  • Apply and enroll with Pierpont.
  • Submit official high school transcript or verified GED score, ACT or SAT scores and/or college transcripts, if applicable.
  • Students admitted to the program must complete a physical examination and required immunizations prior to participation in any EMS Practicum course.
Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Card
  • Current EMT-Basic Card (NREMT and/or WVOEMS) - (EMMS 1103 EMT-Basic 7 hours)
  • Anatomy & Physiology Course - (HLCA 1170 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (3 hours) and HLCA 1171 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LAB (1 hour))
  • Remedial Math, Reading and/or English Courses completed or test scores above remedial
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 who begin the Paramedic program and already have EMT Basic must complete an entrance exam and an orientation with myself.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
39 CHs
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
47 CHs

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)

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)
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)

EMMS ELEC

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