Monday, June 25, 2012

EMS Faculty Offer Advice

Emergency Medical Services is one of the top programs at Vol State. The primary reason for that success is the experience and dedication of the faculty members who teach the courses. We recently sat down with four of the newer faculty members to ask them what advice they would have for people considering Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic. We asked the same question: what would you say to someone considering EMS as a career?
David Linn was an adjunct faculty member for two years before joining full time. He has worked for Robertson County EMS as a Paramedic "You never know what kind of day you're going to end up with."

Art Batcher was a Critical Care Paramedic with Rutherford County EMS. "It's adventurous. You never know what the next five minutes will bring. It's fun, I love it."

Shay Steel taught as an adjunct faculty member at Roane State Community College and worked as a Critical Care Paramedic for Loudon County EMS. "They need to have an understanding that it's not like they see on television. It is a difficult job, but you can absolutely make a difference in someone else's life."

Brandie Park was a Paramedic with Wilson County EMS for 10 years. "You have the ability to think on your own, without having someone watching over you. Work schedules are flexible. It's a whole different world. Every day is an adventure. It's the thrill of not knowing what you're getting into."

The Vol State EMS program is quite competitive and you need to plan well ahead of time when you need to have your application in, both for the college and the program. As with many Allied Health programs it doesn't necessarily follow the usual college schedule. It's also important to note that background checks are required of all applicants. For more information visit:

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