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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 Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application to the program.  Please contact Mike Freeman at 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. 


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. 


The approximate cost of the Paramedic Program is $5,999.00.  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 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. 


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. 


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 West Virginia Northern Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.  The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic / State Cognitive exam was 66.7%.  The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%.  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 the completion of the program.


For more information, contact:

Mike Freeman
EMS Program Director
(304) 214-8980

Application Information


The West Virginia Northern Community College paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

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