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Advanced EMS Initial Provider Courses

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Prerequisite for all Paramedic and Advanced EMT courses. Attendance at the Advanced Provider information session is required to be eligible for AEMT or Paramedic course enrollment.
Paramedic – Initial Provider
Paramedic Part 1
45676 M
Sat/Sun (varies)
1/12 – 3/21
1/12 – 3/21
1/12 – 3/21
6–10 p.m.
6–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Paramedic Part 2
45684 M
Sat/Sun (varies)
3/22 – 7/19
3/22 – 7/19
3/22 – 7/19
6–10 p.m.
6–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Paramedic Part 3
Sat/Sun (varies)
7/20 – 1/15/2016
7/20 – 1/15/2016
7/20 – 1/15/2016
6–10 p.m.
6–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Course Descriptions

Paramedic – Initial Provider

EMT Advanced patch

This three part course follows the North Carolina curriculum for EMT-Paramedic. At the completion of the course, students will be able to sit for both the state and the national paramedic credentialing exam. In addition to regularly scheduled class hours, students will also have complete a minimum of 500 hours in clinical and field internships for course completion. Registration is required for prior to the start of each section. Registration fee per section is $180.00 unless exempt (must provide proof of affiliation). 544 classroom hours. $894.35

Students who have a current state or national credential at the Advanced EMT or EMT-Intermediate should only register for parts 2 and 3.


  1. Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, 7 Volume Set, 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0133029567 or ISBN-10: 0133029565
  2. Additional books may be required. Please check for the most current information.

Recommended books:

  1. Paramedic Digital Library. (Inlcludes 7 volume set plus all ancillary titles for 2 years) ISBN-10: ISBN: 0133936104

ONLINE Basic ECG – recommended prerequisite for Advanced EMT

Registration is fee-exempt for qualified participants (must provide proof of affiliation) This course will review the basic Three-lead Electrocardiograph (ECG). Topics will include the ECG itself, review the graph paper, rhythm recognition, and the normal conduction of the heart. ECG strips covered will include: Normal Sinus Rhythm; Bradycardia; Tachycardia; Junctional Rhythms; Ventricular Rhythms; Heart Blocks; and Asystole. For more information, visit 9 hours. $70

Online Anatomy and Physiology for EMS – prerequisite for Advanced EMT to Paramedic Bridge

Registration fee exempt for qualified participants (must provide proof of affiliation)

This course is designed for upcoming Intermediate and Paramedic students or credentialed providers seeking continuing education. The objectives for this course satisfy the National Standard Curriculum and the NCOEMS objectives. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals and the principles of anatomy and physiology. Prerequisites for this course are successful completion of the EMT Basic classroom portion and access to high-speed Internet. This course does not substitute for a one- or two-semester college level anatomy and physiology course required by many allied health professions. Preregistration is mandatory. 96 hours. $180

Textbooks for Summer 2014:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Care - REQUIRED
    Martini, 2nd, Hardcover, 9780132342988 (paperback or e-text is acceptable)
  2. Interactive Physiology (10-System Suite CD) (Valuepack Vers) - RECOMMENDED
    Benj, Part, 9780321506825


  1. Attend one of the mandatory information sessions for the provider level you wish to obtain. This session will provided you with an overview of all the remaining step of the registration process including information about prerequisites and corequisites requirements.
  2. Documentation must be submitted to Certified Background for Advanced EMT(Intermediate) or Paramedic students, and approved to secure a permanent seat in the course. Returning Durham Tech EMS students may upgrade their current Certified Background account from EMT to Advanced EMT (Intermediate) or Advanced EMT (Intermediate) to Paramedic If it has been more than one year from the time you established you Certified Background account you will need to pay the renewal fee for your previous account level.
  3. Basic Education Requirement: A high school diploma or transcript or GED or results from ASSET, COMPASS, or TABE tests showing reading ability at the grade 10 level or higher must be submitted with registration to secure a permanent seat in the course. Proof of Associate degree or higher or a college transcript documenting completion of high school/GED will be accepted in lieu of this requirement.
  4. English Proficiency Requirement: Successful completion of an entrance exam assessing basic reading comprehension and English language writing skills on a post-secondary level. Examples of acceptable demonstration of this ability include placement into, or successful completion of, a college-level reading and English language writing course. Developmental or remedial courses will not satisfy this requirement.
  5. Mathematical Skills Requirement: Demonstration of mathematical skills at a minimum at the high school grade level. Examples of acceptable demonstration of this ability include successful completion of a MAT 060 course, or placement into a MAT 070 course, or successful completion of a college-level algebra course
  6. Anatomy and Physiology (may be a corequisite for AEMT): Proof of successful completion of college level Anatomy & Physiology or EMS 3000 prior to Paramedic course enrollment.
  7. Health Screening Packet: All candidates for the advanced level courses are required to complete an EMS Program Health Screening packet found online at Certified Background.
  8. Proof of Vaccinations: Proof of vaccines or immunization include a TB skin test less than six months old or chest x-ray within the past two years, Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form, MMR vaccination, Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or vaccination (Must have titer even if documented illness in records), Influenza vaccine for current flu season (If during flu session), and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccination or booster within last 10 years. (Ensure you receive the Tdap or DTP booster, not Td.) :
  9. Additional Required Documentation:
    a. Current EMS Credential: Advanced EMT (Intermediate) course – Successful EMT course completion within the past 12 months, or proof of current EMT credential (NC or National Registry). AEMT to Paramedic Bridge course – Proof of current EMT credential (NC or National Registry) and successful Advanced EMT (Intermediate) course completion within the past 12 months, or Advanced EMT (Intermediate) credential (NC or National Registry).
    b. Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.


Once the course schedule is available online, you may register at any time prior to the start of the course. Registration must be completed no later than 1 week prior to the course start. Courses failing to have 10 students enrolled by this date will be canceled.

Documentation must be submitted prior to registration to secure a permanent seat in the course. Once you complete the prerequisites, you are eligible for registration. If documentation and prerequisites are not complete prior to the registration end date, you will be removed from the course and refunded the registration fee. The courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download the Public Safety registration form and complete as directed. Sign the form and bring it 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:

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

Anyone may register for you. The Public Safety registration form must be submitted for registration. Make sure that the person registering for you has the correct registration fees.


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.

Course completion certificates for initial provider courses are provided to students at the time of course completion. Unofficial transcripts containing EMS courses will have the same information as individual certificates and also include previously completed courses displayed in a more condensed format.

For unofficial transcripts containing EMS courses and continuing education, please contact and allow at least 48 hours lead time for the request.

Placement Tests

At Durham Tech, we offer the NCDAP math placement test and the COMPASS reading and writing exam. The tests are taken through the Testing Center and a Test Center schedule may be viewed on the website.

To determine placement test scores eligible for admission, please consult the links listed above in the prerequisites and/or corequisites for each EMS credential level.

Placement tests such as ASSET, TABE, and HOBET from other education institutions may be submitted for review.

Advanced EMT (Intermediate) and Paramedic students must take the reading and math placement tests if they have not successfully completed college level English and high school grade level Math courses. You must submit a transcript that indicates you have placed into, or successfully completed, a college level reading and English language writing course and successful completion of a MAT 060 course or placement into a MAT 070 course at the time of registration for the Advanced EMT (Intermediate) or Paramedic course.

The Testing Center is located on the Main Campus in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center on the third floor, room 1302. COMPASS tests may be taken at the Orange County Campus on scheduled days and at the Northern Durham Center by appointment only.

Background Checks

All Advanced EMT (Intermediate) and Paramedic students are required to have a background check for clinical rotations.  Durham Tech has contracted with a Certified Background to provide this service at a reasonable fee. Criminal background records from any other agency or entity are NOT accepted.

Positive criminal background reports do not disqualify students from attending classes at Durham Tech or the EMS program; however clinical sites reserve the right to deny students access to the clinical facility which may prevent completion of a course requiring clinical rotation. For more information and to complete a criminal background check follow the directions for Advanced EMT (Intermediate) or for Paramedic.

Students will not be able to register for Advanced EMT (Intermediate) or Paramedic without completion of all requirements listed with Certified Background.

Durham Tech has an open-door policy; however, charges and especially convictions are reviewed by the clinical agencies according to the clinical contract. Agencies reserve the right to allow students to access the facility based on the information disclosed in the background check. This may prevent students from course completion due to inability to complete clinical requirements. In addition, the NC Office of EMS (NC OEMS) pulls the criminal background for each individual who takes the state EMS exam and determines if the individual is eligible for credential. Potential students with a criminal background history are advised to contact NCOEMS to inquire about eligibility prior to enrollment to ensure the credential may ultimately be obtained.

Frequently Asked Questions

Also read the frequently asked questions for information about age requirements, grading, dismissal, registry exams, registration fee exemptions, other costs, and financial aid.

Program Contact Information

919-536-7200, ext. 4214