EMT–Intermediate to Paramedic Bridge Program

Classes begin March 23, 2018!

Target Audience:
This course is intended to provide the education necessary for the currently certified Emergency Medical Technician ‐ Intermediate (EMT‐I) to become a Nationally Certified Paramedic (NRP).

Course Description:
The EMT- Intermediate to Paramedic Program is designed to certify the technician to the highest level of pre‐hospital advanced life support care available in Virginia. This program fulfills all the requirements of the 2010 National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic (www.ems.gov/educationstandards.htm).

The EMT- Intermediate to Paramedic Program is designed to educate the technician in all areas of pre‐hospital patient care. These areas include instruction in: pre‐hospital environments, preparatory skills, airway management and ventilation, patient assessment, trauma care, medical patient management, obstetrical/gynecological conditions, pediatric patients, neonatal care, psychiatric and behavioral emergencies, special considerations, and assessment based management.

For Virginia trained Paramedics, successful certification at the Paramedic (NRP) level will automatically lead to a Virginia Paramedic certification. National Registry NRP certified technicians trained outside of Virginia must apply for Virginia certification before being allowed to practice at this level. After receiving Virginia credentials, the Paramedic has the option to maintain National Registry Paramedic certification without affecting their Virginia certification; however, Virginia certification must be maintained in order to provide patient care at this level.

Course Prerequisites:
To be eligible to attend an EMT‐I to EMT‐P bridge course in Virginia you must:

  1. Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language.
  2. Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the beginning date of the certification course.
  3. Hold a current certification as an EMT‐Intermediate.
  4. Hold, at a minimum, a High School or General Equivalency Diploma.
  5. Have no physical or mental impairment that would render them unable to perform all practical skills required for that level of certification
  6. Not have been convicted of or found guilty of any crime, offense or regulatory violation, or participated in any other prohibited conduct identified in state EMS regulations as follows:
    1. Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime involving sexual misconduct where lack of affirmative consent by the victim is an element of the crime.
    2. Have never been convicted of a felony involving the sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly or the infirm.
    3. Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime (including abuse, neglect, theft from, or financial exploration) of a person entrusted to their care or protection in which the victim is a patient or is a resident of a health care facility.
    4. Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime involving the use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs except that the person is eligible for affiliation or enrollment five years after the date of final release if no additional crimes of this type have been committed during that time.
    5. Have never been convicted or found guilty of any other act that is a felony except that the felon is eligible for affiliation or enrollment five years after the date of final release if no additional felonies have been committed during that time
    6. Are not currently under any disciplinary or enforcement action from another state EMS office or other recognized state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body. Personnel subject to these disciplinary or enforcement actions may be eligible for certification provided there have been no further disciplinary or enforcement actions for five years prior to application for certification in Virginia
    7. Have never been subject to a permanent revocation of license or certification by another state EMS office or recognized state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body.
  7. All references to criminal acts or convictions under this section refer to substantially similar laws or regulations of any other state or the United States. Convictions include prior adult convictions, juvenile convictions, and adjudications of delinquency based on an offense that would have been, at the time of conviction, a felony conviction if committed by an adult within or outside Virginia.
  8. Be clean and neat in appearance.
  9. May not be under the influence of any drugs or intoxicating substances that impairs your ability to provide patient care or operate a motor vehicle while in class or clinicals, while on duty or when responding or assisting in the care of a patient.

Course Format:
300 Hours of Classroom and Laboratory.

Various hours of clinical and internship scheduled by the program to meet required competencies.

Course Dates/Times:
March 23, 2018 through December 8, 2018

  • Friday’s 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.**
  • Saturday’s 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.**

Clinical and Internship times and days will vary.

**Attendance either Friday OR Saturday. Course material provided Friday is repeated on Saturday to allow those students working shifts to attend class on their off day. **

There are circumstances in which a student must attend Friday AND Saturday.  Please see the schedule for this information.

Tentative National Registry Psychomotor Exam – December 8, 2018*

Attendance Policy:
Students must be present for a minimum of eighty five percent (85% of the didactic and practical aspects of the course).  However, failure to be present and successfully complete all skill and knowledge evaluations may still prohibit a student from course completion.

Continuing Education Credit:
This course is eligible for continuing education credit for certified providers through the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

College Credit:
Students who complete this program of study will be awarded college credit upon matriculation in to the JCHS Emergency Services Degree Completion Program.

Course Fee(s):
$3,500 – payment due by Tuesday March 8, 2018

Course Fee Includes:

  1. Drug Screen
  2. Background Check
  3. Textbook
  4. Platinum Planner and Testing
  5. National Registry Psychomotor Exam Fee (if taken at Jefferson)
  6. National Registry Cognitive Exam Fee
  7. Scrubs (2 sets)
  8. Uniform T-Shirts (2)

Important Notes:

  1. This course is not eligible to be covered through financial aid.
  2. Students may apply for a career training loan through Sallie Mae (https://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/career-training-smart-option-student-loan/?lnkid=SM-HP-loanoptions-careertraining)
  3. Additional funding may be available through the Virginia Office of EMS Scholarship Program.  More information can be found on the VA OEMS website (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/education-certification/ems-scholarship/)

Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets – 8th edition
Author: Nancy Caroline
ISBN: 9781284104882

The textbook is included in the course fee.

Payment should be remitted to the following address:

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Bursar’s Office
101 Elm Avenue, SE
Roanoke, VA 24013
(540) 985‐8272 - call to pay by credit/debit card

*Note: Unless other arrangements are made with the program director, full payment must be received by Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

No refunds will be granted after Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

How to Apply:

The following items must be completed to be accepted in to the program:

  • College Application (online)
  • Proof of high school graduation (Transcript, Diploma or GED)
  • Copy of Current CPR, EMT‐I or RN and EMT‐B **
  • If you have been an Intermediate for less than one (1) year, you must have a letter of approval from your agency’s OMD
  • Complete a pre-test assessment by Friday, March 1, 2018. Call Pamela Wells at (540) 985-4030 to schedule an appointment.

The following must be completed PRIOR to the FIRST day of class:

For additional information contact:
John C. Cook, Ed.D.(c), MBA, NRP, NCEE
Director, Emergency Services Program
Phone: (540) 985‐8317
E‐mail: jccook@jchs.edu