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EMS Recertification Courses

Hybrid EMT Refresher
45641 Th 1/15 – 2/22 Online January 8 registration deadline
Must attend mandatory skills session held at the Orange County Campus on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days)
ONLINE EMT – Paramedic to Paramedic Transition Course
45633 T 1/27 – 2/28 Online January 20 registration deadline
Hybrid Paramedic Refresher
45642 W 1/14 – 2/22 Online January 8 registration deadline
Must attend mandatory skills session held at the Orange County Campus on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days)

Course Descriptions

Hybrid EMT Refresher – Alternate Attendance Option

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

This refresher is for EMTs currently credentialed in North Carolina and/or by National Registry and covers the 72-hour refresher curriculum according to North Carolina OEMS guidelines, including the 24-hour refresher curriculum as prescribed by the National Registry for the EMT level. 72 hours. $180


Hybrid Paramedic Refresher - Alternate Attendance Option

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

This refresher is for paramedics currently credentialed in North Carolina and/or by National Registry and covers the 72-hour refresher curriculum according to North Carolina OEMS guidelines, including a 48-hour refresher curriculum as prescribed by the National Registry for the Paramedic level. 72 hours. $180


EMT – Basic to EMT Transition Course

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

This state-approved transition course will provide the necessary content to transition a current Emergency Medical Technician- Basic over to the National Emergency Medical Technician Certification. The course meets the requirements for the National Registry Transition to EMT. 24 hours. $70


Paramedic to Paramedic Transition Course

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

Through this state-approved course, current Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics can transfer to National Registry Paramedic certification. 48 hours. $125


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 Refresher course.

If documentation and prerequisites are not complete prior to the start of the course, you may be removed from the course. Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


EMT Refresher

Basic Education Requirement: A high school diploma or transcript or GED 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 showing completion of high school/GED will be accepted in lieu of this requirement. For more information regarding this requirement please see: NCOEMS requirements for EMT Refresher students.


EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic Refresher

For more information regarding this requirement please see: NCOEMS requirements for EMT-Intermediate Refresher students and NCOEMS requirements for Paramedic Refresher students.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Registration

Once the course schedule is available online, you may register at any time prior to the start of the course. Registration and documentation of prerequisites must be completed no later than one week prior to the course start. Courses failing to have 10 students enrolled by this date will be canceled. 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: ems@durhamtech.edu


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


North Carolina Public Safety Workers as defined by the N.C. General Statues are exempt from the registration fee. Proof of affiliation status must be submitted with the registration form. All others must pay the registration fee.

A letter from the student’s affiliated agency must be provided at the time of registration for any course. For courses that continue more than one semester (e.g. Paramedic), a letter must be provided at the beginning of each semester.


Deliver or mail a copy of the letter authorizing payment to register along with the registration form. You will need an additional copy for the bookstore if the agency is paying for your books. You do not need to bring any money to registration if you are being sponsored by an agency.


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.


Transcripts and Course Completion Certificates

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 EMS Refresher 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 ems@durhamtech.edu 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.


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.


Frequently Asked Questions

North Carolina EMS Credential Reciprocity

Please refer to the NC OEMS website for more information about reciprocity.


North Carolina EMS Recredential

Individuals who hold a current EMS credential are required to receive continuing education hours to maintain their credential. Specific EMS systems and agencies set the number of hours which incumbents must receive (usually 96 hours every four years, or 24 hours a year) to allow for recredentialling. Individuals who hold a NC EMS credential and are not affiliated with an EMS agency may contact the EMS program director of their local community college or the NC Office of EMS to recredential their NC EMS credential. Proof of EMS continuing education is requested at the time of the recredential request. This process may begin no earlier than 90 days prior to credential expiration.


Durham Tech’s EMS program requires 96 hours over a four year period for recertification. Proof of continuing education must be submitted in the form of unofficial or official transcripts. Additional requirements include a valid AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR card and a technical scope of practice for individuals who have not been actively practicing with an EMS agency within the last six months.


National Registry EMS Recertification

Individuals who possess a National Registry EMS certification must follow the prescription for reregistration as set by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Provider refresher courses taken must also be state approved according to the National Registry. EMS continuing education must be taken to meet the topic hours requirements according to the National Registry documents for each level.


Please note that recertification and recredentialling are the responsibility of the individual. Providers must keep up with all EMS continuing education and ensure that they have recredentialed prior to their expiration date.


Initial National Registry Certification

Individuals who have completed an initial provider course prior to two years ago will need to complete a state approved refresher course to become eligible to challenge the certification examination, according to the National Registry requirements. For more information about our EMS refresher courses, see the course descriptions listed above.


National Registry Certification Transition Policy

Please refer to the NREMT Transition document for more information about transitioning your current national certification. For more information about our EMS certification transition courses, see the course descriptions listed above.


Lapse in EMS Credential or Certification

EMS credentials for NC cycle every four years for individuals, unless the credential was issued by way of reciprocity. Please refer to the NC OEMS website for more information about reciprocity. Providers who are credentialed in NC and have lapsed must take a state approved refresher course at the level of their credential in its entirety within four years of the expiration date and then sit for the state written exam so long as they are within four years of the expiration date. Individuals who have let their certification lapse for more than four years will have to retake all levels of initial EMS training again from the beginning. Information regarding a lapse in National Registry certification can be found on the (NREMT) website.


Information regarding a lapse in National Registry certification can be found on the NREMT website.


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
ems@durhamtech.edu