FAQs About the Paramedic Program

Q: Is the program accredited? If so, by who?

Tennessee Technological University's Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Address: 1361 Park Street  Clearwater, Fla. 33756

Telephone: 727-210-2350

Website: www.caahep.org



Q: When is the application deadline?

The deadline for application will be April 4, 2014.

Q: What are dates for the selection process?

Compass Test: April 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Taken in Matthews Hall Room 153

Advanced EMT test: April 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Taken in Jere Whitson Room 131H

Psychological Exam: April 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Taken in Jere Whitson Room 131H

Interviews: May 13, 2014 starting at 8:00 a.m. Interview time to be scheduled by student. Done in Jere Whitson Room 131H.

Q: How do I apply?

An application form can be obtained through the EMS Program Office at 931-372-3396 or by printing the Paramedic_Application_2014-15.pdf. Please include your current Tennessee EMT license with the application. Remember the deadline is Friday April 4, 2014.

Q. : What do I have to do prior to getting into the course?

You must be licensed in the State of Tennessee as an Advanced EMT. Take the COMPASS test to see if you are college ready in math, reading and writing. You must take a TTU administered Advanced EMT test and a psychological exam. You must also sit for an advisory board interview. The advisory board will select the top candidates for the 20 available slots.

Q: What if I am not college ready in those subjects?

It would be in the best interest of the paramedic candidate to take some remedial courses but not required.

Q: What would be some courses that might help me besides the EMS course?

Anatomy and Physiology at the college level will be helpful in understanding the pathophysiology covered in the paramedic course. Another good course might be English if comprehension is a problem.

Q: Where does the paramedic course meet?

The EMS classroom area is in the Jere Whitson building on the quad of TTU. The classroom is 131H. However, there is a strong possibility this will change.

Q: How long is the paramedic course?

The Paramedic Course is 11 months in length starting the last Monday of August until the first week of the next August..

Q: What time of the day does the paramedic course meet? Also, how many days a week?

The course is from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm with breaks and a 1-hour lunch. The course meets every Monday and Wednesday.

Q: What is the cost of the course?

The course is divided into 3 semesters. The first semester tuition is $1400.00. The second semester is $1400.00 and the third semester is $1100.00/  Total cost including tuition, books, testing fees, etc is approximately $5000.00 but this is variable because costs change regularly.

Q: Other than tuition, what is the cost of books and other fees?

That is variable but will be approximately $950.00 including all testing, licensing fees, insurance and other fees. Of that total the books are approximately $500.00.

Q: Who is the instructor or instructors?

The primary instructor is Dennis Parker who is a state endorsed program director and licensed by the state of Tennessee as a paramedic. He also holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from TTU.

Roger Brown is the clinical coordinator. Dr. Sullivan Smith is the medical director. There are guest instructors occassionaly during the course.

Q: Will I get college credit for the course?

No, this is a non-credit course. However, some community colleges and universities offer partial credit for this course under the heading of life-long learning if a student decides to pursue a degree later.

Q: Is there any other pertinent information I need to know?

Background checks and drug screens are required of every student. The background check will check for felonies and misdemeanor convictions. The drug screen is a 10 panel screen checking for numerous drugs such as marijuana and cocaine but not exclusive for those.  If this may cause a problem please check with the EMS program coordinator prior to applying for the course.