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EMS Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Emergency Medical Services Department's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions

General

No, there are no prerequisite academic requirements for TMCC's EMS classes.

Yes, the class ends with a nationally certified state-run skills testing, which will qualify you to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) exam.

Yes, EMS classes are both night and day during the regular semesters, and night and weekends only during the Summer terms.

Please visit the EMS Classes Enrollment Instructions page for a complete list of our requirements.

TMCC's EMS Program has no way of continually tracking the exact prices of all associated costs.

Currently, requisites consist of the following:

  • Background check
  • CPR certification
  • Drug screening
  • Immunizations
  • NREMT testing (skills and written)
  • Personal medical equipment
  • TMCC tuition & fees
  • Textbooks
  • Uniform

Regular semester enrollment dates are available from the Admissions and Records Office; however, students enrolling in the EMS Program must -- prior to enrollment -- supply additional required documents.

CPR

Yes, check our website for updates and new workshops.

No, CPR classes are open to the public and you do not need to be an enrolled TMCC student to register.

Yes. TMCC offers these sessions for students who have completed the online portion of the BLS Heart Code blended learning course (Heart Code BLS-15-1400).

Note: All American Heart Assocation (AHA) CPR courses are available in blended learning format, where students complete a video learning portion online at their own pace and then work on skills and skills testing in-person with an instructor.

TMCC's Heart Code BLS Skills Sessions are conducted by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the Heart Code BLS Skills Session is $35 (cost is not included with the purchase of an online course key).

Online course keys are available for purchase through the AHA.

Prerequisites: For admission into a Heart Code BLS Skills Sessions, students must present their certificate of completion of the online portion of the BLS Heart Code course.

Contact us to schedule an appointment. TMCC is an authorized AHA training center.

Yes, group training is available upon request. Minimum of 6 participants. Please contact us for more information.

Yes, we can conduct training at your facility. Minimum of 6 participants. Please contact us for scheduling and pricing.

BLS CPR is for health care providers of all levels.

The American Heart Association's Heartsaver® CPR is for those with no medical training, who would like to take CPR or who have been required to do so by their employer.

Our American Heart Association's Heartsaver® CPR course is recommended.

If your card has expired, you should take the initial BLS CPR course.

Our American Heart Association's Heartsaver® CPR course includes basic first aid.

Yes, the course name was updated by the American Heart Association when their new guidelines were released.

The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR class. Note: this class consists of both skills and written testing.

Basic Life Support CPR is required; your certification must be through the American Heart Association.

Basic Life Support CPR is required; your certification must be through the American Heart Association.

Basic Life Support CPR is required; your certification must be through the American Heart Association.

Immunizations

For the TMCC EMS Program requirements, you can request a Titer test through your doctor or through ARC Health and Wellness in Reno (the same place you take your drug test). Ask them to check your immunity for the required vaccines.

MMR, Varicella and Hepatitis B can be tested in this fashion.

A 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) test is when a person gets the original TB test, has it read, and then repeats the process.

The TMCC EMS Program requires two negative readings.

Immunization records required to enter the TMCC EMS Program can be located through:

  • the county health department
  • your high school transcripts (dependent upon location and school requirements)
  • your pediatrician
  • or your parents may have these records

Paramedic Program

TMCC offers an AAS degree in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

Prospective students must first become a licensed, certified EMT; then an Advanced EMT (per Nevada NAC 450B.720).  Advanced EMT students can then apply to the Paramedic Program.

Students spend two full semesters, beginning in August and ending the following May. Students also are required to attend 300 hour clinical and 480 hours of internship with an assigned agency.