Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ Professional and Continuing Education provides non-college credit bearing courses and seminars that support the mission of the College. The courses and seminars are designed to provide lifelong learning opportunities for healthcare professionals or provide entry level professional knowledge and skills necessary for individuals desiring to enter the healthcare workforce.

The College offers a variety of professional and personal development programs. The College is approved to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for courses that meet the required criteria. Additionally, programmatic recognition and or accreditation is maintained for all courses that require either approval or accreditation status.

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EMT Course
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Starting August 13, 2018!

Target Audience:

This course is intended for the individual looking to explore emergency services as an entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Course Description:

The Emergency Medical Technician course is designed to provide training to prepare an individual to function independently in a medical emergency.  This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to provide basic life support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of pre-hospital patient care. Also, this course is intended for the individual looking to explore emergency services as an entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 

The course requires a total of 148 hours of training. Virginia Certification requires successful completion of a written and practical skills examination. This course is designed to train individuals to serve as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. This includes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care as an attendant-in-charge with a basic life support ambulance service or other specialized rescue service.

Upon successfully completion of the training program, the student will be capable of performing the following functions:

  1. Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injury to assess requirements for emergency care.
  2. Administer appropriate emergency care to stabilize the patient’s condition. 
  3. Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient in a way as to minimize discomfort and further injury.

Course Prerequisites:

Eligibility to attend an Emergency Medical Technician course in Virginia requires that you must:

  1. Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language.
  2. Be a minimum of 16 years of age at the beginning date of the certification course. If less than 18 years of age, you must provide the course coordinator with a completed parental permission form with the signature of a parent or guardian verifying approval for enrollment in the course. If you are less than 18 years of age and affiliated with an EMS or other Public Safety agency, you must also provide the Course Coordinator with documentation from an Officer of the agency stating you will be covered by the agencies insurance while attending the course.
  3. Have no physical or mental impairment that would render them unable to perform all practical skills required for that level of certification.
  4. We will have the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers CPR class on the first day of class. Holding a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course is required for this class.
  5. 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:
  • 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.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony involving the sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly or the infirm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Course Format:

Classroom/Skills Lab/Online

Course Dates/Times:

August 13, 2018 through November 17, 2018

  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 9 a.m. to 5 pm. – Saturdays (4)

Submit your application at the link below:
https://selfservice.jchs.edu/SelfService//Admissions/Application.aspx?applicationformid=4

Attendance Policy:


Students are required to be present a minimum of eighty-five percent (85% of the didactic and practical aspects) of the course. However, failure to be present and successfully fulfill all skill and knowledge evaluations may 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.

Course Fee:

An all-inclusive fee of $750 includes the following:

  • Instruction
  • Textbook
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • First Practical Testing Fee

Payment:

Payment should be remitted to the following address:

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Bursar’s Office
101 Elm Avenue, SE
Roanoke, VA 24013
Phone: (540) 985-8272 – you can call and pay with a debit/credit card

PLEASE NOTE: The first 30 students to pay will secure their spot in this EMT course.

**If you have any questions concerning our fall 2018 EMT class, please contact Pamela Wells, Emergency Services Program Secretary at (540) 985-4030 or e-mail her at plwells@jchs.edu.**

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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. 

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. 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.
  7. Be clean and neat in appearance.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:
  • 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.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony involving the sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly or the infirm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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/)

Textbook:

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

The textbook is included in the course fee.

Payment:

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:

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