National and State Accreditation through Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession (CoAEMSP) & Tennessee Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Services
An EMT-Paramedic is a health care professional trained in the advanced skills needed for rendering care to the critically ill or injured patient in the pre-hospital, industry or emergency room settings.
The EMT-Paramedic curriculum is designed to enhance the basic and interpersonal skills obtained through the EMT-Basic license. The program provides the scientific knowledge and advanced technical skills needed to recognize, assess and manage medical and/or trauma emergencies in the adult and pediatric patient, as well as obstetrical emergencies under the direction of a physician. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the examinations for the National Registry Certification and Tennessee EMT-Paramedic licensure.
The program is 12 months in length. All applicants must be licensed in Tennessee as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician-IV (EMT-IV) or eligible for state license prior to acceptance into the program. If eligible for licensure, the EMT-IV license must be obtained prior to starting the program.
Criminal background checks and routine drug screens are required by several affiliate clinical training sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and your program. More information is available from your program director.
Applicants who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation may be ineligible for licensure. For more information, contact the program director of emergency medical technology. Any felony convictions must be reported to the program director of emergency medical technology.
- Due to enrollment limitations, and the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regulations 1200-12-1-.13 governing admission requirements, applications are screened using established selection criteria as outlined below.
- In compliance with the State of Tennessee EMS Regulation 1200-12-1-.13 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all applicants and admitted students must, with reasonable accommodation, be able to:
- lift a minimum of 125 lbs.
- visually assess patients in the work environment to include detecting auditory and color changes, as well as unusual odors.
- communicate both verbally and in writing using the English language.
- make appropriate judgments in emergency situations.
- demonstrate emotional stability.
- demonstrate psychological health in day-to-day interactions with patients, their family members and other personnel.
- Applicants must have demonstrated basic reading, writing, and math competencies as defined in the Admission Process below.
- Once admitted, students are required to submit documentation of the following entry requirements by August 1. If the documentation is not completed prior to the first day of fall classes, students will not be allowed in the clinical setting.
- Completed Physical Examination form (the form will be provided by the program director).
- Evidence of a current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification (must include two-person CPR) for the health care professional.
- Evidence of personal health insurance coverage.
- Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the College and apply for admission as stated in the College catalog.
- Demonstrate basic reading, writing, and math competencies by appropriate scores on ACT, SAT or college placement test or successful completion of remedial (0700 level) courses. This requirement may also be demonstrated by successful completion of developmental (0800 level) or college-level English and Mathematics courses.
- All applicants must submit a completed application to the program director between January 1 and May 1.
- Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the current employer. The second letter should be a character reference. Two letters of character reference may be used if currently unemployed.
- Prior to admission, all applicants will take a Basic EMT examination.
- Applicants must complete a psychological profile or personality index. A fee will be assessed for this testing. Arrangements for this test must be made through the program director.
- Applicants must demonstrate the ability to lift a stretcher of the appropriate weight limit into an ambulance and obtain an accurate set of vital signs on a simulated patient.
- Applicants will be interviewed by the EMT-Paramedic Program’s selection committee.
- Admission decisions will be made by July 1. Admitted students will begin the program in the fall semester.
Applicants must obtain an overall average of 2.5 out of 5 points in the following areas of the application process: EMT Basic entrance examination, oral interview to be eligible for admission into the EMT Paramedic Program, and psychological profile or personality index.
- EMT Basic entrance examination will be evaluated as follows:
96 - 100 = 5 points
92 - 95 = 4 points
88 - 91 = 3 points
84 - 87 = 2 points
80 - 83 = 1 point
Below 80 = 0 points
- Oral Interviews: Each member of the selection committee will evaluate the applicant in the areas of interpersonal skills, knowledge, professional characteristics and experience. Each member will score the applicant overall using a scale of 1-5 points. The scores from each member will then be averaged to obtain an interview score.
- Psychological Profile or Personality Index: Each applicant will be scored on a scale of 1-5 points based on the criteria set by the program and assessed by the examiner.
After admission to the program, to remain eligible for continuation, a student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all EMT 200 level courses.
A technical certificate of achievement from Columbia State will be awarded to each student who completes the course requirements of the EMT-Paramedic Program with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Readmission to the EMT-Paramedic Program after dismissal is not guaranteed, regardless of the reason for dismissal. A student who wishes to apply for readmission must do so in writing to the program director by June 1. Readmission decisions will be made on an individual basis. An interview with the program director is required before readmission. Regardless of the reason for dismissal, it is the sole responsibility of the student to request readmission in writing to the program director. Students who have been unsuccessful in completing the program after two attemps, will not be eligible for readmission.