Advanced Emergency Care Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate Programs

Program Description:

Emergency Medical Services (EMS), offers an exciting and challenging career that requires nothing less than your personal best.  EMS providers are integral members of the healthcare team providing basic- and advanced-level care using standing orders, clinical judgement, and medical direction of a physician.

KVCC’s Advanced Emergency Care Program is designed as a multiple entrance/multiple exit program.  This allows students to exit at the end of each certification: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic.  Students who successfully complete each program will be eligible for Maine State Licensure and National Registry of EMT’s certification.  An Associate in Applied Science degree can be earned when students complete the paramedic certificate and prescribed general education requirements.

This program is designed to provide the graduate with entry-level competency in many skills, including comprehensive patient assessment, airway management, medication administration, management of medical emergencies, and traumatic injuries.  Students will acquire these skills by utilizing classroom instruction, online support materials, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experiences*, and field internships* with various emergency services within the State of Maine.

“I knew that I wanted to help people, but nothing in healthcare seemed like the right fit for me. Then I discovered the path to becoming a Paramedic, and everything fell into place.”
—KVCC Student

Employment opportunities are available with municipal and private ambulances, fire departments, hospitals, clinics, and industrial settings.

*Each license level has specific clinical and field internship requirements.  Additional information can be found under the tab, “The difference between EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic Certification”

Advanced Emergency Care offers academic credentials in:

  • Advanced EMT Level
  • Paramedic Level
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Mission & Goals

The goals of the Advanced Emergency Care Program are to graduate competent and confident entry-level Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced EMT Level Certificate, the Paramedic Certificate or the Associate in Applied Science degree, the graduate is expected to:

  • Be eligible for the appropriate level of professional credentialing and state licensing.
  • Behave ethically with tolerance and respect for cultural and ethnic diversity in patients, family members and fellow health care providers.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, family, coworkers, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking ability necessary for problem solving and differential diagnosis in emergency medicine.

The Difference between EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic Certification

There are three different types of Emergency Medical Technicians and each certification allows their holders different rights to do different jobs, or, in EMS terms, “a different scope of practice”.  The three levels of EMT certification – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic.

EMS is demanding work both physically and psychologically.  These positions require a particular set of skills.  The KVCC EMS Department has adopted the “Maine EMS – EMS Provider Functional Position Description”, to outline EMS provider expectations, it can be found here:  https://www.maine.gov/ems/documents/Functional%20Position%20Description%20for%20EMS%20Providers.pdf

For additional information regarding any of the listed certification levels and/or licensing, visit:

Emergency Medical Technician Certification

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the entry-level certification/licensure for the EMS system.  EMTs are dispatched to provide out of hospital emergency care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the EMS system.

EMTs have basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients.  Here are some of the responsibilities of an EMT:  assessing various patients in emergent situations, be able to manage a patient’s airway, perform CPR and utilize semi-automatic defibrillators (AED), hemorrhage control, non-invasive shock treatment, fracture and spinal stabilization, emergency childbirth, and administration of some medications.

EMT Certification:  KVCC offers courses in both a hybrid and traditional format.  Students completing this 5 credit course should expect to attend approximately 130 hours of class (depending on format), as well as complete a minimum of 16 clinical hours scheduled outside of the regular classroom time.  Successful completion of this course requires students to maintain a minimum classroom grade of 75% or better, complete all clinical requirements, be able to demonstrate competency in psychomotor skills and assessments, and exhibit appropriate professional behaviors both in the classroom and during clinical.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Certification

AEMT is the next step in EMT certification.  AEMT’s provide basic and limited advanced level emergency care in the out of hospital setting.   An AEMT can perform all of the skills and assessments of an EMT and are trained in in intravenous access (IVs), cardiac monitoring, more advanced airway management techniques, and the administration of some additional medications.  AEMTs are the first level of advanced life support.

AEMT Certification:  The AEMT curriculum is offered every semester fall at KVCC (unless demand dictates additional courses) and is comprised of four college courses totaling 12 credits.  The AEMT program utilizes both online learning platforms, classroom lecture, lab sessions, and clinical.   AEMT students complete a minimum of 170 clinical hours in both hospitals and on ambulances.  Successful completion of this course requires students to maintain a minimum classroom grade of 80% of better, complete all clinical requirements, be able to demonstrate competency in psychomotor skills and assessments, and exhibit appropriate professional behaviors both in the classroom and during clinical.

Paramedic Certification

Paramedics maintain the highest level of EMT certification and licensing in the out-of-hospital setting.  Paramedics are required to possess complex knowledge and skills including advanced level airway management, advanced cardiac monitoring and treatment, more in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medical emergencies, and traumatic injuries and treatments.

Paramedic Certification:  The KVCC Paramedic Certificate Program starts every January and runs for three consecutive semesters.  Because our course is only 12 months long, students must be licensed AEMTs prior to starting the program.  Each semester, paramedic students are enrolled in at least two didactic/lab paramedic specific courses and one paramedic clinical course.   These classes meet every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the first Wednesday of every month (depending on holidays, etc).  This program utilizes online learning platforms, lecture, group discussions, simulation, scenarios, lab skills, and clinical experiences.  Paramedic students complete a minimum of 550 hours of clinical in both hospitals and on ambulances throughout this program.  Successful completion of this course requires students to maintain a minimum classroom grade of 80% of better, complete all clinical requirements, be able to demonstrate competency in psychomotor skills and assessments, and exhibit appropriate professional behaviors both in the classroom and during clinical.

Associate in Applied Science degree:  Students can opt to complete the Associate in Applied Science degree by completing all the Paramedic program requirements, as well as prescribed general education requirements.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to all EMS Programs need to note that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record.

Completed criminal background checks are a required prerequisite of all EMS programs regardless of license level.  Students are financially responsible for background check requirements.  Once accepted to the program, students will receive information regarding background check completion.

Failure to complete a criminal background check will result in the inability to complete the clinical portion of the course.

Immunization Requirements

Applicants who consider a career in any of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.

Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is likely. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock

Completed immunization records are a required prerequisite of all EMS programs regardless of license level.  Students are financially responsible for obtaining any necessary records for immunizations.  Any EMS student must show proof of immunization* of the following:

  • Current negative TB or equivalent (within one year of starting the program)
  • Two MMR vaccines or titer
  • Hep B three shot series or titer
  • Current flu shot
  • Varicella or titer
  • Tetanus/DTAP or titer

* Students may elect to decline some of the listed immunizations but must be aware that clinical sites may deny them access to patient areas or students will be required to wear masks during particular outbreaks (for example during flu season).

Failure to complete the immunization requirement will result in the inability to complete the clinical portion of the course.

Educational Outcomes

Class NRP Cognitive Pass Rate NRP Psychomotor Pass Rate Retention Rate Positive Placement Rate
Class of 2015 92.3% 92.3% 87.5% 100%
Class of 2016 100% 100% 100% 100%
Class of 2017* 94.1% 100% 100% 100%

* Class of 2017 had a 100% pass rate by the final attempt

Please note that this program does not allow for advanced placement.

Accreditation Information

The Kennebec Valley Community College paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee of Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8992
Fax:  214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Contact

For more information, please contact Stephanie Cordwell.
Phone: (207) 453-5025
Email: EMS@kvcc.me.edu

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