Will Keep TCC's Emergency Medical Services Program
Current With National Testing Standards
HAMPTON ROADS, Va.
Tidewater Community Colleges emergency
medical services (EMS) program is the recipient
of two grants from the Virginia Department of Health
that will keep the college current with the latest
equipment and national testing standards.
The two grants, in excess of $287,000, include funds
for the purchase of nine iPad-based training EKG
monitors needed to implement the updated certification
exam for paramedics given by the National Registry
of Emergency Medical Technicians.
As of Jan. 1, 2017, graduates must complete an out-of-hospital
scenario reflecting either a pediatric, geriatric
or adult patient. Candidates will be provided with
a trained paramedic partner who will evaluate the
students ability to manage a call, effectively
communicate and maintain professionalism through
a simulated encounter.
Not only does our new equipment allow us to
continue offering certification-based training to
our graduates, it lets us provide a more realistic
training environment during class, said Jason
Ambrose, program head for emergency medical services
Students who complete their Career Studies Certificate
in Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic at TCC
will be prepared to pass the test using new criteria
that mimic a realistic patient scenario.
TCCs Regional Health Professions Center is
a testing site for the national exam. For information
on TCCs EMS program or the national exam,
contact Ambrose at firstname.lastname@example.org