EMT Initial Provider Course Information

Prerequisites

There are several educational prerequisites that are necessary for admission into the EMS Education program. These prerequisites are essential for compliance with the Durham Tech EMS Education Plan approved by the North Carolina Office of EMS (NCOEMS) and NCOEMS pre/corequisite guidelines: NCOEMS Credentialing and Compliance Requirements. All prerequisites MUST be completed AND approved prior to enrolling in any EMS Initial course. Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Attend one of the mandatory information sessions. The session will provide you with an overview of all the remaining steps of the registration process including information about prerequisites and corequisites requirements.
  2. Proof of Vaccinations: Documentation must be submitted to CastleBranch for EMT initial provider students and approved to secure a permanent seat in the course.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two vaccinations or a positive antibody titer

    • Hepatitis B: Three vaccinations or a positive antibody titer

    • Tuberculosis (TB); Submit documentation of one of the following:

      • Two-step TB skin test or

      • Two consecutive annual TB skin tests (10-12 months between tests) or

      • A negative quantiFERON Gold blood test (lab report required). If the results are positive, submit a copy of your clear chest X-Ray with physician report.

    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap): Submit documentation of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, administered within the past 10 Years.

    • Polio: Submit documentation of your primary Polio vaccination series (at least 3 vaccinations), or a positive Polio titer listing Polio I, Polio II, and Polio III (lab report required)

    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Proof of two vaccines or a positive antibody titer

    • Influenza: Submit documentation of a flu vaccination administered during the current flu season (September - March)

  3. Basic Education Requirement: High School Diploma or GED PLUS one of the following:
    • NCDAP Reading/English Score of at least 136 or
    • ACCUPLACER reading and sentence skills score of at least 129 or
    • COMPASS reading and writing scores of at least 112 or
    • ASSET reading and writing scores of at least 72 or
    • Successful completion of DRE 098 or
    • College transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English Course (ENG 111) or higher

    View information about Durham Tech placement testing.


Minors taking EMS courses

Students who wish to enroll in an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course must be at least 16 years of age. However, to enroll in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, students must be 17 years old on or before the official end date of the EMT course.

Students who are 17 years of age are eligible to take the EMT state exam; however, NC Office of EMS (NC OEMS) holds the credential until the 18th birthday of the individual. It is advised for students who are awaiting their 18th birthday to take EMS continuing education to ensure adequate hours and courses have been taken to fulfill recredentialling requirements.


Registration

Once you have completed all requirements in Castlebranch, you may register at any time prior to the start of the course. Registration must be completed no later than one week prior to the course start. Courses failing to have 10 students enrolled by this date may be canceled.

Register use the EMS Public Safety registration form.

Deliver the signed registration form to the address below with check or credit card payment; or you may optionally mail, fax, or scan/email the form with credit card payment to:

Durham Technical Community College Orange County Campus
Attn: EMS Program Assistant
525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 
Fax to 919-536-7297 or scan/email to: ems@durhamtech.edu

Any form received with payment information will have all credit/debit card information destroyed upon successful payment processing.

Fee Exemptions

North Carolina Public Safety Workers as defined by NC General Statute 115D-5 may be exempt from tuition for continuing education courses provided the training meets the member’s organization training needs.

Agency paid course and books

Please bring an intent to pay letter signed by the chief of the agency authorizing payment to registration .

Transcripts

A transcript does not need to be official. If you are getting a transcript from Durham Tech, please plan to receive it 48 hours before general registration. Students should be aware that official transcripts may be requested at any time during enrollment.


Textbooks and Materials

Purchase Books from the Durham Techn Bookstore,  Shipping is free for off-campus courses. Courses held at NDC, OCC, and OCSDC are considered off-campus courses.

Uniforms and supplies are also at the bookstore.

  1. High School Diploma or GED PLUS one of the following:
    • NCDAP Reading/English Score of at least 136 or
    • ACCUPLACER reading and sentence skills score of at least 129 or
    • COMPASS reading and writing scores of at least 112 or
    • ASSET reading and writing scores of at least 72 or
    • Successful completion of DRE 098 or
    • College transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English Course (ENG 111) or higher
  2. Emergency Care PLUS MyBradyLab with Pearson eText Access Card Pkg: ISBN-13 978-0-13-419075-4
  3. HeartCode® BLS (15-1400)
  4. Additional books may be required. Use the bookstore online course search for the  most current list of textbooks.


Grading and Dismissal

Students are tested by principles consistent with national standards. Examples of evaluations used to grade students in these courses include the following: quizzes; exams; evaluation of practical skills which require physical demonstration of techniques and procedures taught; and affective evaluations to monitor students on soft skills consistent with employment in EMS. If a student’s cumulative average drops below 80 percent, the student is dismissed and not allowed to continue in the course for the remainder of that semester. More information on grading and dismissal will be provided to you during your first class meeting.
 

State and National Registry Exams

Since EMS students register themselves through the Credentialing Information System (CIS) website for the NC Office of EMS (NC OEMS) exams, the location, date, and time of the exam varies depending on the individual’s specific selection. There is no cost for this exam for students who complete a course in North Carolina.

The National Registry exam is also scheduled based on student selection, however there is a cost associated with this exam. Please visit the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) website for further information.

Students wishing to take the National Registry exam must first create a profile on the NREMT website and then wait for approval by the EMS program director. Once the National Registry profile has been created, please send an email ems@durhamtech.edu to request successful course completion to be approved on the National Registry profile.

Successful completion of initial provider courses and refresher courses allows a student to be eligible to test with the NC State Office of EMS (NC OEMS) and the National Registry of EMT’s at all levels. Students have 90 days after the course completion date to take and successfully complete the NC OEMS state exam with up to two additional attempts. Students who do not successfully complete the exam within three attempts need to complete an approved refresher course. Students wishing to take the National Registry exam must register for the exam within two years after initial course completion.

Please note that course completion for all initial provider and refresher courses will not occur until all course documentation (including clinical documentation) has been returned to and reviewed by the EMS program administration.

If you still have questions, please call 919-536-7238, ext. 4207 or email ems@durhamtech.edu.