Emergency Medical Technology is an Allied Health specialty which has an important and integral part in the delivery of health care, principally in the area of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMT focuses on the reduction of mortality and morbidity caused by trauma and disease while cooperating with other health care professionals to promote health maintenance and accident prevention. This is a disciplined, scientific profession which requires precision and accuracy in such varied skills as patient assessment, drug therapy, electrocardiographic monitoring and interpretation, intravenous therapy, patient movement, and management of any trauma or medical emergency encountered. While care and attention to detail are fundamental, a commitment to the healing arts is essential. The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) must demonstrate concern for the sick and injured, and must be able to manage the patients, their families, and bystanders with understanding and compassion. Emergency medical care is rendered by the EMT primarily in the pre-hospital setting. However, opportunities are increasing for employment in hospitals, industry, public safety organizations, and free-standing emergency clinics.
The Jackson State 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 on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
fax (214) 703-8992
Life and Work Experience for Credit Policy
Pursuant to the published policy for Jackson State Community College, any experiential learning or life experience acceptable for application toward other requirements for an Associate degree in the students chosen field will be considered for credit. However, since (1) the State of Tennessee requires that all Paramedic Program Graduates who are candidates for licensure must have taken and passed the National Registry of EMTs exam and (2) the National Registry of EMTs requires satisfactory completion of an approved and accredited program in order to take the registry exam, experiential learning and life experience will not be acceptable for credit in any EMT or Paramedic course.