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PHILOSOPHY


Emergency Medical Services education is directed toward men and women who have the capability and interest to become emergency medical technician (EMTs), advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs) and paramedics. EMS educational programs should provide the student with knowledge of the acute, critical differences in physiology, pathophysiology, or clinical symptoms as they pertain to the prehospital emergency medical care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient. We believe in the concept of medical control regarding the actions of EMS providers in the field.  

Wallace Community College’s EMS program is fully approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health/EMS and Trauma Division, the Council on Postsecondary Education and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs for the EMS professions (CoAEMSP). For questions about Wallace Community College’s national accreditation or the accreditation agency, please contact CAAHEP directly at 727-210-2350 or mail@caahep.org. Additional information can be found on CAAHEP website at www.caahep.org.

The objective of EMS education is to develop the student’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities and to assist them in acquiring the critical judgment essential for rapid and practical clinical decision making, as well as, skill-oriented delivery of sophisticated rescue techniques and medical procedures. EMS education is the systematic direction of the student toward maximizing potentials in intellectual, emotional, physical, and social qualities.

EMS prehospital practice renders a significant service to health care delivery systems in our society. We believe that emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs) and paramedics are savers of lives that might otherwise be lost.  

From the mission statement of the College and the philosophy of the EMS program, the goals and objectives were derived. The goal of the Wallace Community College Emergency Medical Services program is to prepare individuals as competent entry level EMTs, AEMTs, and paramedics who provide basic and advanced life support to patients experiencing prehospital emergencies. The objectives of the program, which the graduates must successfully demonstrate, flow from the College’s mission statement, the program philosophy, and the program goal.

Upon successful completion of the EMS program, the student will demonstrate the following objectives:
  • Comprehension, application, and evaluation of clinical information relevant to his or her roles as an EMS professional (Cognitive Domain).
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an EMS professional (Psychomotor Domain).
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the EMS professional (Affective Domain).