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Emergency Medical Services

Through over 250 hours of classroom and clinical internships, Emergency Medical Technician students acquire basic life support knowledge through classroom instruction, practical laboratory exercises, field time with an EMS agency, and hospital clinical experience.

Topics include criminal, civil, and vehicle laws on the EMT’s services, human anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of injuries, poisonings, trauma, childbirth, and other medical emergencies such as heart disorders, strokes, and diabetes.

Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the North Carolina State or National Registry EMT certification exam. After completing the EMT course, students are eligible to continue on to the Advanced EMT and Paramedic courses.

Courses, Fees, and Registration

EMT Initial Training Course Schedule
EMT Initial Course – Spring Morning
Start Date January 16 – Please email criggs@cfcc.edu to register.
End Date May 9
Location North Campus, NA building
Days Primarily Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration For more information or to register for class, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .
EMT Initial Course – Spring Evening
Start Date January 16 – Please email criggs@cfcc.edu to register.
End Date May 9
Location North Campus, NA building
Days Primarily Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time 6 to 10 p.m.
Registration For more information or to register for class, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .
EMT Initial Course – Academy Class
Start Date January 9 – Please email criggs@cfcc.edu to register.
End Date February 22
Location North Campus, NA building
Days Primarily Monday through Thursday (plus a few Fridays)
Time 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration For more information or to register for class, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .
Entry Requirements For EMT Initial Classes

All EMT Initial classes require

  • A CASAS Reading Goal of 249 or higher OR a college transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English class within the past five (5) years. For more information on placement testing or to schedule a test, please go to Placement Testing Services.
  • A high school diploma or equivalency
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Completed and signed registration form (obtained by contacting Catherine Riggs).
  • Registration fee of $231.00 due at registration.
Monthly EMT CME Online Class
CFCC offers monthly online CME courses for recertification. These classes follow the National Registry EMS Education and NCOEMS Standard. Each month is four hours.

2023 Topics
November – Heart Failure & LVAD/Evidence-Based Guidelines
December – Human Trafficking/LGBTQ Awareness/Situational Awareness

2024 Topics

January – Airway Techniques & Procedures
February – Naloxone in EMS/12 Lead Acquisition & Transmission
March – Pain Management for the BLS Provider
April – Trauma Triage for the EMS Provider
May – Crew Resource Management/Evidence Based Guidelines
June – Respiration Emergencies for the EMS Provider: Acute vs Chronic
July – Drug Calculations/Sudden Cardiac Arrest
August – Biological Agents/Bloodborne Pathogens
September – Stop the Bleed/Basic Trauma Emergencies
October – Pediatric Transport/Ambulance Operations
November – BLS Shock & Resuscitation/Heart Failure and LVAD
December – Culture of Safety in EMS/HIPPA

For more information, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .

Start Date Monthly (classes always open on the 2nd and close on the 28th)
Location Online
2023 Registration To register for 2023 classes, visit cfcc-register.fundfive.com/filtered/course/EMT_CME_2023
2024 Registration To register for 2024 classes, visit cfcc-register.fundfive.com/filtered/course/EMT_CME_2024
Monthly Paramedic Online Classes
2023 Topics

Each month is 4 hours.

November – Advanced 12 Lead ECG
December – EMS Future Initiatives/CP Wound Care Management/Ops: Crew Resource Management

2024 Topics

January – Ventilator Management for Advanced Providers
February – Flight & Critical Care – Cardiac Emergencies for Advanced Providers
March – Flight & Critical Care – Obstetrics for Advanced Providers
April – Surgical Airways for Adv Providers/RSI
May – 12 Lead ECG: 12 Lead ECG Views & 12 Lead Interpretation
June – Hemodynamics: Pharmacology & Measurement, Management, and Monitoring
July – Chest Tubes/Blood Chemistry Analysis/Drug Calculations
August – Flight & Critical Care – Pediatrics/Toxic Exposures
September – Heart Failure & LVAD/Hemodynamics: Valve Dysfunctions & Disorders
October – Pain Management for the ALS Provider
November – Obstetrics for the ALS Provider
December – Altered Mental Status & Behavioral Emergencies/Pt Assessment for ALS

Start Date Monthly (classes always open on the 2nd and close on the 28th)
Location Online
2023 and 2024 Registration To register for 2023 and 2024 classes, visit cfcc-register.fundfive.com/filtered/course/Paramedic_CME
Advanced EMT Course
EMT Initial course completion is required as a prerequisite

Start Date January 16, 2024
End date May 16, 2024
Location North Campus, NA Building
Days Primarily Tuesday & Thursdays (plus a few Saturdays)
Times 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Registration For more information or to be placed on our contact list, please contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .
Anatomy and Physiology
Start Date November 6, 2023
End Date January 20, 2024
Location Online
Cost $180.00 (May be waived if EMS/Fire/Law. Contact office for info).
Textbook None
Registration To register, visit cfcc-register.fundfive.com/filtered/course/Anatomy and Physiology

For more information, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .

Paramedic Course
(AEMT course completion required as a prerequisite)

Start Date January 2024
End Date TBA
Days TBA
Time TBA
Registration For more information or to register for class, contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 .
Community Paramedicine
Start Date Jan. 30, 2022
End Date April 9, 2023
Location Online
Registration Register for the course.
Registration Process
Please contact Catherine Riggs at criggs@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7512 to register for classes.

Required documents to register for EMT Initial:

  • A copy of CASAS Reading Goal of 249 or higher OR an official college transcript showing successful completion a college level English class within the past five (5) years.
  • A copy of your high school diploma or equivalency
  • A copy of your valid driver’s license.
  • Completed and signed registration form (obtained by contacting Catherine Riggs).
  • Registration fee of $231.00 due at registration.
Registration Fees
Must be paid at time of registration

Item Cost
Registration fee* $ 180.00
Insurance fee required by all students $ 15.00
CPR card fee $ 6.00
Supply fee $ 5.00
Technology fee $ 5.00
TOTAL $ 211.00

Apply for a Scholarship

*(May be waived if EMS/Fire/Law. Contact office for info.)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Initial Course Costs:

Fees paid at time of registration:

  • $211.00 (This includes $180.00 registration, $15.00 student insurance, $5.00 technology fee, $5.00 supply fee, and $6.00 CPR card fees. Students who have an affiliation with a recognized North Carolina department may qualify for a tuition fee waiver, making the cost $31.00.)

Textbook – Must have on first day/night of class:

  • Textbook (package available at CFCC North Campus bookstore or from JBLearning.com approximately $200)
  • AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition (ESSENTIALS PACKAGE) ISBN: 9781284227222
  • Fisdap Internship Package (contains Scheduler & Skills Tracker) ISBN: 9781284132014

(Note: Go to JBLearning.com and use code 20PSG22 to save 25% + free shipping. Total is $143.58!)

Additional fees paid to third-party vendors:

  • Clinical Attire
    • Clinical uniform t-shirt ($16 in CFCC Bookstore – we recommend two t-shirts)
    • Clinical uniform pants ($30.00-$90.00 depending on student choices)
    • Clinical uniform boots ($40.00-$150.00 depending on student choices)
    • N95 Fit Test. Arcpoint Labs charges $30.00. We will accept a completed Fit Test Form from any certified provider. This is due on the first day or class.
  • Twelve-panel urine drug screen, criminal background check (completed by third-party vendor). Current cost is $122.00, paid directly to CastleBranch. This fee is due before class begins.
  • EMT Testing Program $52.00 to be purchased online through EMS Testing in class on the first day/night of class.
  • Immunizations (costs vary based on your health insurance carrier and where you obtain the vaccine). If you cannot locate your childhood immunizations a simple blood test, called a titer test, can determine if you meet immunity requirements. Your primary care physician or the health department can aid you in obtaining a titer test.
    • Current influenza vaccination (required October – March)
    • Two measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccinations or positive antibody titer
    • History of chicken pox or 2 varicella immunizations
    • TB skin test (PPD) within the past year or chest x-ray
    • Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years
    • Three hepatitis B vaccinations or a signed declination statement
    • COVID-19 vaccination
Textbook Information
EMT Initial Textbook

  • AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition (ESSENTIALS PACKAGE) ISBN: 9781284227222
  • Fisdap Internship Package (contains Scheduler & Skills Tracker) ISBN: 9781284132014

Advanced EMT Textbook

  • AAOS Advanced Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick and Injured Fourth Edition (ESSENTIALS PACKAGE) ISBN: 9781284244137 ($200.00 approximately)
  • Fisdap Internship Package: AEMT ISBN: 9781284132007 (84.00)

Paramedic Textbook

  • AAOS Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, 8th Edition, Essentials ($370.00 approximately) ISBN: 9781284104882
  • Fisdap Scheduler: ALS ISBN: 9781284107395 ($42.00)
  • Fisdap Skills Tracker: ALS ISBN: 9781284457063 ($57.75)
Clinical Rotations
Requirements for clinical participation are set in conjunction with our clinical partners. Clinical requirements vary depending on the course you are enrolled in. These requirements will be discussed at the beginning of the course. The information provided is correct at the time of distribution.

All information, including course schedules, is subject to change.

CoAEMSP
The Cape Fear Community College Continuing Education Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

CoAEMSP
(214) 703-8445
(214) 703-8992 fax
https://www.coaemsp.org/

NCOEMS
For more information about credentialing with the NC Office of EMS, please visit their website .
Paramedic Graduate Outcomes Summary
Year Pass Rate Positive Placement Retention
2021 100% first attempt 100% 53.8%
2020 100% first attempt 95.7% 88.5%
2019 90% first attempt 90% 76.9%
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