About the Program
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) three-term certificate program is accredited by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority - EMS. It offers career training for entry-level personnel in EMT. Successful completion of the EMT course leads to eligibility to sit for the state and National Registry EMT exams. This program is ideal for students who plan to go on to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedicine. Students not interested in the paramedic level may wish to consider the EMT Career Pathway certificate.
Successful completion of the curriculum leads to a one-year RCC certificate and eligibility to apply for the Paramedicine courses at RCC, at any other Oregon community college offering the associate degree, or at the Oregon Health and Science University.
Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Emergency Medical Service Certificate of Completion are:
Perform a patient assessment and formulate and implement a Basic Life Support treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.
Demonstrate effective communication, cultural competency, and conflict management and intervention skills for people in crisis in simulated emergencies.
Implement self-care strategies and techniques to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma on emergency providers.
Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management, treatment, or transport of emergency patients.
Demonstrate workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.
Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.
This program requires an application and satisfaction of certain course admission criteria prior to enrolling in the EMT courses (ES 131 , ES 132 ). Information is available on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department website (https://www.roguecc.edu/dept/emergencyServices/ems.asp) or at the Emergency Services Department office located at the RCC Table Rock Campus. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Emergency Services Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.
Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students must complete all screening requirements outlined in OAR 409-030-0190 and additional RCC requirements or clinical site requirements.
Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Emergency Services Department Chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the Emergency Services Department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.
Students completing all credits outlined in this program with a grade of “C-” or better will earn a certificate in Emergency Medical Services. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C-” or better grade.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Emergency Services Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.
This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.