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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Starting May 30, 2019!

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 – Basic 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 prehospital patient care.

The course requires a total of 166 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-Basic course in Virginia requires that you must:

  1. Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language.
  2. 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. Hold current certification in an Office of Emergency Medical Services approved cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course at the beginning date of the course.  This certification must also be current at the time of state testing. (American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers will be given the first day of 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

Course Dates/Times:

Class starts Thursday, May 30, 2019 and will run through Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

  • Class days: Tuesdays and Thursdays with two Saturday dates
  • Class time each day:  (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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 fulfill 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.

Course Fee:

$750.00 – an all-inclusive cost which includes; instruction, textbook, background check, drug screening, CPR certification, t-shirt and the first practical testing fee.

Payment:

Payment will secure your spot in the class. It will be first pay up to 30 students.

Payment should be remitted to the following address or you may call the Bursar’s office at 540-985-8272 to pay with a debit/credit card.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Bursar’s Office

101 Elm Avenue, SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

To register for the EMT class click on the link below.
https://selfservice.jchs.edu/SelfService//Admissions/Application.aspx?applicationformid=4


**If you have any questions concerning our fall 2018 EMT class, please contact JC Cook, Emergency Services Program Director, at (540) 985-8317 or e-mail him at jccook@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 (EMTI) to become a Nationally Certified Paramedic (NRP).

Course Description:

The Advanced EMT/EMT-Intermediate to Paramedic Program is designed to certify the technician to the highest level of prehospital advanced life support care available in Virginia. This program fulfills all the requirements of the 2010 National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. 

The Advanced EMT/EMT-Intermediate to Paramedic Program is designed to educate the technician in all areas of prehospital patient care. These areas include instruction in: prehospital 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 the Paramedic bridge course 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 Advanced EMT or EMTIntermediate. 
  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:

Approx. 600 Hours of Classroom and Laboratory.

Approx. 300 Hours of Clinical and Internship. Required hours of clinical and internship may vary by participant and are scheduled by the program to meet required competencies.

Course Dates/Times:

May 7, 2019 through April 25, 2020

  • Wednesday’s 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  AND
  • Friday’s 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clinical and Internship times and days will vary.

Tentative National Registry Psychomotor Exam – April 25, 2020*

Admission Process:

  1. Complete the application process described below.
  2. Take two (2) ALS education readiness exams prior to being accepted into the program.  The results will be used to determine the candidate’s admission status to the program.
  3. Positive recommendation from your agencies Operational Medical Director (OMD) AND EMS training officer / designee.
  4. Submit required documentation (outlined below)
  5. Once file is complete, applicants will be ranked and decisions sent out (accept, waitlist, deny).
  6. Only 20 participants will be enrolled into this course offering.

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 successfully complete this program will be awarded college credit upon matriculation into the JCHS Emergency Services Degree Completion Program.

Course Fee(s):

$5,500 – payment due by Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.  If payment is not received by that time, registration will be cancelled.

Course Fee Includes:

  1. Drug Screen
  2. Background Check
  3. Textbook
  4. Clinical/Internship Software
  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:

Saunder’s Paramedic Textbook, 5th Edition
Author: Mick J. Saunders
ISBN: 9781284166095

The cost of 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) 9858272 - call to pay by credit/debit card

*Note: Unless other arrangements are made with the program director, full payment must be received by Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5 pm.

No refunds will be granted after Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

How to Apply:

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

  • College Application (online)
    • Select “Summer, 2019” for Term
    • Select “Paramedic Bridge” for Program
  • Obtain a recommendation from your Operational Medical Director (OMD) using this form:*[insert link to form here]
  • Submit via e-mail to Kristy DeHoff (kldehoff@jchs.edu)
    • Proof of high school graduation (Copy of Transcript, Diploma or GED)
    • Copy of Current CPR, AEMT or EMTI certification
    • Copies of FEMA IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800
    • Copies of Virginia Department of Fire Programs Transcript.
  • Completed OMD and training officer recommendation forms. (sealed envelopes, or sent by recommender)
  • Register for pretesting (required) using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2523ZCZ

IMPORTANT DATES:

  1. March 15, 2019 – Applications open
  2. March 31, 2019 – Applications close
  3. April 5, 2019 – Pretesting day (9:30a – 4p)
  4. April 19, 2019 – Pretesting day (9:30a – 4p)
  5. April 20, 2019 – Decision emails sent (by 5 pm)
  6. April 29, 2019 – Payment must be received
  7. May 1, 2019 – PROGRAM ORIENTATION
    1. ALL paperwork must be completed and turned in
    2. Completed health form (physical, PPD, immunizations, etc.)
    3. Completed Clinical Health Packet
    4. Complete Online Student Orientation
  8. May 8, 2019 – Classes begin
  9. April 25, 2020 – TENTATIVE NREMT Psychomotor Exam

Questions:

John C. Cook, EdD, MBA, NRP, NCEE
Director, Emergency Services Program
Phone:
(540) 9858317
Email: jccook@jchs.edu

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Continuing Education Transcripts
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Students who enrolled in courses through our Department of Continuing Education should order these transcripts by contacting the following:

Margie Vest
E-mail: mbvest@jchs.edu
Phone: (540) 224-6672