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2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Safety - Emergency Medical Technician

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The Public Safety Division provides educational services to individuals desiring to enter the emergency service field. Basic and advanced skills training accompany didactic material preparing individuals for entry-level practice as an Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic. Pre-hospital professionals are provided continuing education opportunities for maintenance of their license.

This program is designed for the student who does not intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Degree: Technical Certificate

Emphasis: Emergency Medical Technician

Admission Requirements

A prospective student seeking admission to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program must complete the following procedures according to State of Tennessee, Office of Emergency Medical Services, and Walters State Community College policies.

  • Be admitted to the college.
  • Submit proof of medical malpractice insurance and health insurance as required.
  • Complete a physical exam, along with all required vaccinations and/or titers.
  • Meet other admission requirements as stipulated in the Rules of the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services.

EMT Description

The EMT Program is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and psychomotor) and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry’s written and practical examinations. Upon successful completions of examinations and other licensure requirements, the student will be eligible for the State of Tennessee EMT license. The EMT renders life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illnesses and prepares these patients for transport to the hospital.

Architected Pathway

The default sequence of courses, stated by semester, for this program of study is prescribed by the statewide faculty curriculum committee as the best model for the student to complete the academic award in an efficient and timely manner. To deviate from this sequence the student must request a waiver from the program director or appropriate designee. The student must be made aware by the program director or appropriate designee that deviation from this default pathway may result in a delay for completing the required courses for the academic award within the stated time frame.


Recommended Full-Time Schedule

The following Recommended Full-Time Schedule is not a substitute for academic advising. You must meet with an academic advisor each semester to be cleared for registration. Consult with your advisor about scheduling and degree requirements. Also, see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.ws.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked. Contact the academic division or department for current information.

Factors that affect your progression include course delivery method and the days and times selected to take classes.


• Successful completion of  EMSB 1101, EMSB 1102, EMSB 1111, EMSB 1112, and  EMSB 1601, EMSB 1602 or EMSB 1401, EMSB 1402, EMSB 1403 fulfills the 16 semester hours of credit requirement for the EMT Certificate.

Program Requirements - Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Total Credit Hours 16

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