Roane State adds spring training for paramedics

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There's an Oct. 31 application deadline to start Roane State Community College's paramedic program in the spring semester.

The three-semester program is normally not offered with a spring semester starting point. It has been added to meet a local, statewide and national shortage of paramedics, said David Blevins, program director.

The shortfall in advanced emergency medical technicians and paramedics is frequently mentioned during monthly regional meetings of EMS directors, he said.

There are 12 openings for the program. Candidates must be licensed as advanced EMTs or be in the Advanced EMT program now in progress.

Those not yet admitted to Roane State must do so before applying to the program, said Allied Health Science/Nursing Admissions Adviser Michael Burtch.

There are several types of financial aid and scholarships available to cover the $8,500 tuition, Blevins said.

Candidates must take an online entrance exam that covers Advanced EMT material along with reading and math comprehension. A psychological profile is also required.

The paramedic program coursework will be on Roane State’s Knoxville campus, 132 Hayfield Road.

Roane State's paramedic program, launched in the 1970s, is one of the longest-standing accredited programs in the nation.

For more information, contact Blevins at 354-3000, Ext. 4768, or blevinsds@roanestate.edu.

Spring semester begins Jan. 17.