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Paramedic

Program Overview

The EMS/Paramedic Program at West Virginia Northern Community College provides training for those looking to start a career in Emergency Medicine as a first responder.  Our courses provide students with the skills, knowledge, and clinical experience required to provide safe and effective prehospital care.  Students may elect to complete the certificate option, or take courses leading to an Associates of Applied Science Technical Degree.  The course curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field experience.   Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor exams for certification.    

The Paramedic Certificate Program is a 14-month sequence consisting of lecture, lab, clinical, and EMS field experience.  Each student is expected to demonstrate competency in advanced emergency medical care skills and display a professional demeanor.

Additional general education courses are required to complete the A.A.S. 


Mission and Goals

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.


Admission Requirements

  1.  Application to the program.  Please contact Linda Steele at lsteele@wvncc.edu or 304-214-8980 for an application.
  2. Current certification or licensure as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, or West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (WVOEMS) Emergency Medical Technician prior to the first day of paramedic class.
  3. Current BLS CPR certification.
  4. Photo ID
  5. High School Diploma or GED
  6. Anatomy and Physiology – can be met through a previous college credit course, or can be taken as a co/pre-requisite offered by the Paramedic Program. 

PROGRAM CURRICULUM AND SCHEDULE

West Virginia Northern Community College Paramedic Program course of study: 

Certificate of Completion – 14-month program certificate program

West Virginia Northern Community College’s Paramedic Program is offered in a hybrid/online format.  It features live, interactive lectures, utilizing classroom online technology that is accessible from any device.  All lab sessions are in-person.  The Program is offered in a 14-month part-time schedule and consists of the following components: Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and EMS Field Internships and Capstone Experience. 

Students must successfully complete each module below prior to beginning the next module:

Paramedic:  Anatomy and Physiology (or show proof of post-secondary Anatomy and Physiology completion)

Paramedic:  Pathophysiology

Paramedic:  Core

  • Module 1 – Foundations
  • Module 2 – Resuscitation
  • Module 3 – Cardiology
  • Module 4 – Medical
  • Module 5 – Special Populations
  • Module 6 – Trauma
  • Module 7 – Clinical Internship
  • Module 8 – Field Internship
  • Module 9 – Practical Applications
  • Module 10 – Capstone

Successful completion of the course sequence makes a student eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic Cognitive and Psychomotor Exams. 


PROGRAM FEES

The approximate cost of the Paramedic Program is $4,999.00.  This cost includes the paramedic textbook and Fisdap package. 

Tuition is payable at the beginning of the program.  Financial aid options may be available to those who qualify from either HEAPS or WIOA funding.  Payment plan options may be available.  Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to Ms. Jenna Derrico at jderrico@wvncc.edu or by calling 304-214-8962.    

Other estimated costs:

  • Criminal Background Check $100.00 (as required by agency and clinical sites)
  • Uniforms $125.00 (as required by agency and clinical sites)
  • Vaccinations $200.00 (as required by agency and clinical sites) 
     

Note:  Tuition is subject to change. 


PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

Once accepted into the program, students are expected to attend class, either through in-person face-to-face, live online, and/or online via coursework.  Labs, clinical and field rotations are face-to-face. 

This program is a competency-based program, meaning that each of the modules (1 through 6) must be successfully completed before students can advance to the next module.  Should a student not reach the competency level required, or need to leave the program, an option to return in the next paramedic cohort is allowed.  The student may apply to enter the program at the last module successfully completed. No field or clinical hours will carry over. 

WVNCC does not offer credits for experiential learning in the Paramedic Program. 


PROGRAM OUTCOMES

There are no current outcomes to report as this is a new program.  Upon graduation of the first cohort, program outcomes will be reported here.  


PROGRAM DIRECTOR CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact:

Linda Steele, B.S., NRP, NCEE
EMS Program Director
(304) 214-8980
lsteele@wvncc.edu

Application Information