A cooperative program between Shore Health System and Chesapeake College.
Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Emergency Medical Services Certificate prepares students for entry-level paramedic positions. The curriculum follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and provides an opportunity for EMT certified individuals to acquire the paramedic skills necessary to sit for the national certification and state protocol examinations for paramedics. The certificate is designed so that students may progress to the Emergency Medical Services Degree.
Program Description: The Emergency Medical Services Certificate program is offered over five semesters (17 months). Courses provide an opportunity for an EMT certified individual to acquire the paramedic skills and knowledge necessary to sit for the national certification and state protocol examinations. The curriculum follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and includes didactic, laboratory, and clinical training. A grade of “C” or better in the EMS courses is required to progress in the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor in planning an appropriate program.
Program Goals: The Emergency Medical Services Certificate program will:
- Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
- Maintain a National Registry pass rate that is at least 10 percent higher than the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) standard and a retention rate that exceeds CAAHEP standards.
- Prepare students for successful careers in emergency medical services or for further study in the field.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Implement advanced patient assessments, clinical skills and therapeutic procedures on medical and trauma patients.
- Develop treatment plans for patients suffering from medical illness or traumatic injuries.
- Interpret collected data from charts and patients.
- Perform and interpret diagnostic procedures.
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other medical professionals.
- Evaluate professional responsibilities concerning ethical issues that may be present in an emergency medical services environment.
- Apply critical thinking skills to assess and treat patients in emergency settings.
Admissions Requirements: (if applicable)
- High school graduation or equivalency (official transcripts required).
- Current BLS CPR Certification. (American Heart Association or American Red Cross only)
- EMT Certification (Either National Registry or Maryland)
- Apply for admission to Chesapeake College and indicate EMS 519 as the academic course of study.
- College readiness assessment: If an applicant does not qualify for an exemption, then Accuplacer testing is required. A passing score is required for arithmetic (minimum score 237) and Writeplacer (Passing: ≥ 4).
- Assessments are administered through the testing center (s) at either Wye Mills or Cambridge Center sites. An academic advisor may also be able to determine readiness through evaluation of current high school or college transcripts.
- Complete any developmental course work recommended through the college readiness process.
Admissions Procedures: (if applicable)
Selection is competitive. Candidates will be selected based on a point system with residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties being given priority.
- Request program information and EMS program application bpacket at www.chesapeake.edu/alliedhealth or from the Health Professions Center.
- Apply for admission to Chesapeake College and indicate EMS Program (519) as the academic course of study.
- Submit official high school/college transcripts
- Complete the EMS Program application packet and submit by March 31st. Applications will be accepted for the upcoming fall semester beginning on January 15th.
NOTICE: Enrollment in the EMS Program is limited and admission into the program is competitive. Meeting the program requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Gainful Employment Information
Accreditation: The Paramedic/EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 P: 727-210-2350 F: 727-210-2354 E: email@example.com
For More Information, Contact:
Jon Longest, Program Director
Health Professions & Athletics Center
410-822-5400 ext. 2724