The Chipola College EMT and Paramedic programs are currently accepting applications for upcoming courses. The next EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program begins Nov 17. Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next Paramedic program begins Jan. 12, 2009. Classes meet weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Acceptance is limited in both programs. Applicants with extenuating circumstances, such as military duty, may apply up to the day classes begin.
The EMT program is an 11 credit-hour course that is 260 hours in length. EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) is included in the EMT curriculum. Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Students must complete 20 hours of emergency room work in either Jackson ER and/or Northwest Florida Community Hospital) and 80 hours of ambulance ride time.
Prerequisites for the EMT Program include: high school diploma or GED and AHA healthcare provider CPR, FDLE background check and satisfactory score on the college placement test. The EMT program prepares students for employment as ambulance drivers/ambulance attendants, or emergency medical technicians and to treat various medical/trauma conditions. Both EMT and Paramedic programs are intensive courses designed to prepare the student to function in both rural and urban environments. Both courses require high standards to prepare the student to function successfully in the diverse field of emergency medical services. For information, contact Keith D. Maddox AS, EMT-P, Paramedic Program Supervisor at (850) 718-2403.