PATHWAYS TO CAREERS

HOW WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?

Working in emergency medical services requires skill, which you develop, as well as common sense, bravery, strength, and compassion, which you already have. It’s a rewarding and thrilling career! Learn more about the fields and their requirements:

Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Technicians

Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians

Paramedic

Local Training Facilities and Community and Technical Colleges near you offer training opportunities for Emergency Medical Services. Whether you’re just starting out on this path or leveling up your certifications, you can find low-cost training that works for you. Explore the options and pick your path!

Quick facts:

  • Over the course of three years, West Virginia lost more than 1,900 EMS workers statewide, including paramedics, EMTs, Advanced Care Technicians and Emergency Medical Responders.
  • The EMS shortage, made worse by the pandemic, is being addressed statewide with the help of CARES Act funding.
  • West Virginia’s community and technical colleges, local EMS authorities and the state’s Office of Emergency Medical Services are working together to recruit and train these critical workers.
  • Training for an Emergency Medical Responder is 72 hours.
  • Training for an Emergency Medical Technician is 150 hours.
  • EMTs can train an additional 350 hours to be an Advanced Care Technician in West Virginia.
  • EMTs can advance to being a paramedic in under two years!
  • EMS personnel can find jobs throughout West Virginia with solid benefits and pay.
  • There is a minimal cost for EMS training and assistance may be available.
  • Trained EMS professionals can find employment in a variety of organizations — public and private ambulance services, and fire departments. Additionally, paramedics can find employment in hospitals and air ambulances — helicopters and airplanes used for LifeFlight.
  • The career outlook indicates that employment of Paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics (www.bls.gov/ooh/)

Education And (Certification)

West Virginia’s community and technical colleges and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services offer a variety of accessible training in EMS careers.

Blueridge Community and Technical College

Blueridge’s Paramedic Program is a 60-Credit-Hour Associate of Applied Science Degree program designed for students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the out-of-hospital setting.

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Mountwest’s Paramedic Program includes three options for students:

  • 2 Year Degree –
    Paramedics A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science) 67 Credit Hours
  • 1 Year Certificate –
    Paramedics Certificate of Applied Science 45 Credit Hours
  • Skillset –
    Emergency Medical Technician Skillset 10 Credit Hours

New River Community and Technical College

New River has two programs available at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, Nicholas County Campus and the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent.

  • PARAMEDIC — CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (CAS)
    45 Credit Hours
  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES — ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS)
    60 Credit Hours

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Pierpont offers a 62-Credit-Hour Associate of Applied Science Degree program.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Southern has two programs available — EMT and Paramedic Science.

  • Emergency Medical Technician — Skill Set 10 Credit Hours
  • Paramedic Science — Associate in Applied Science 60 Credit Hours

West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College

Northern has a new 14-month paramedic program and an EMT program.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College

BridgeValley has EMST Paramedic and Emergency Medical Services degrees.

West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services

Learn more about OEMS requirements.

  • EMVO Initial Certification
  • EMVO Recertification
  • EMR Initial Certification
  • EMR Recertification
  • EMT Initial Certification
  • EMT Recertification
  • AEMT Initial Certification
  • AEMT Recertification
  • Paramedic Initial Certification
  • Paramedic Recertification