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College Q&A: Emergency medical field certification offered at Victoria College

By Katy Long
Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

I'm interested in the Emergency Medical Services Program at Victoria College. Can you tell me more about the program?

The Emergency Medical Services Program at Victoria College offers you several options to become certified to work in the emergency medical field.

The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate can be completed in one semester. Upon completion, you will be trained to care for patients at the scene of an accident while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Certificate includes more advanced training in caring for patients as a first responder.

The Paramedic Certificate provides training that makes you eligible for certification to work as a paramedic and includes more extensive clinical experience along with training in cardiology and other specialized topics.

VC's certificate programs are a good place to begin and will enable you to get started working in just a few months. Each certificate program includes courses that also satisfy requirements for the associate degree, so you can easily move on to the degree program in the future.

The Associate of Applied Science degree leads to paramedic licensure that will expand your educational and career opportunities and includes basic academic classes in addition to specialized coursework.

Carl Voskamp, coordinator of the EMS program, makes sure that VC's program gives students the training employers require.

"Employers we've spoken to have indicated that our graduates are very well prepared to begin working as EMTs and paramedics," said Voskamp. "I think the key element is that our program covers three important learning objectives: knowledge, skills and professionalism."

Hands-on training includes practice in a fully equipped EMS lab, where students can develop their skills in patient assessments and CPR along with treatment of burns and spinal and head trauma.

In addition to classroom lectures and training in the EMS lab, students also participate in real-life experiences during hospital rotations and EMS ride-outs. EMT students earn a total of 80 hours of hospital and EMS experiences. Paramedic students spend a total of 272 hours rotating through several hospital department and clinics and then complete a 240-hour EMS internship.

For more information about VC's Emergency Medical Services Program, please visit the VC website at VictoriaCollege.edu/EmergencyMedicalServices or call 361-572-6426.


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