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2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Safety - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

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Emphasis: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

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 a 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: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Admission Requirements

A prospective student seeking admission to the Advanced 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.
  • Be currently licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Tennessee or have successfully completed an EMT education program within 120 days of beginning the Advanced EMT education program and have successfully completed a Tennessee EMS Board approved EMT competency written and practical examination.
  • EMT’s who have shown competency in basic knowledge and skills through completion of Board approved written and practical examination and wish to progress to AEMT training without obtaining an EMT license shall submit evidence of good moral character (two letters of reference). Such evidence shall attest to the EMTs good moral character and two recent (within the preceding 12 months) original letters from medical professionals attesting to the applicant’s personal character. Preferably, one letter should be from current employer and the second letter should be a character reference. In the situation of unemployment, two character letters may be submitted. Family references will not be accepted.
  • A copy of the CPR healthcare provider level certificate must be submitted that includes one-person, two person, infant and child CPR.
  • 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.

Program description

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Program includes basic and limited advanced skills focused on the acute management and transportation of critical and emergent patients The Advanced Emergency edical Technician has the knowledge associated with, and is expected to be competent in, all of the skills of the EMR and EMT. Additional studies include pharmacological interventions, tracheobronchial suctioning of an already intubated patient, and intravenous therapy. This program follows the guidelines set by the National Scope of Practice Model and is designed to help prepare individuals for licensure as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services. Advanced Emergency Medical Technician training is a combination of classroom instruction (lectures and hands-on pratical skills) and numerous areas of clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry written and practical examinations. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician renders basic and advanced life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illness and continues this treatment while transporting these patients 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 choices and the days and times selected to take classes.


• Successful completion of EMSA 1501, EMSA 1201, EMSA 1111, EMSA 1502, EMSA 1202, and EMSA 1112 fulfills the 16 semester hours of credit requirement for the Advanced EMT Certificate.


Program Requirements - Certificate, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

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