The EMS Academy provides initial and continuing education courses for the Del Rio community and surrounding areas. It is approved as an advanced training center through the Texas Department of State Health Services program #205. As a CE provider, the academy provides continuing education for EMS and first responder through TDSHS. The EMS Academy is also a training center through the American Heart Association (AHA) for BCLS (CPR), ACLS, and PALS courses TC #4740.
The academy director is Susie Jechow, BA, NREMT-P, LP recipient of the 2005 EMS Educator Award at the state conference. Ms. Jechow is regional faculty for the AHA programs and an advanced coordinator for EMS programs. She is joined by veteran staff of VVRMC EMS and ED to deliver a variety of instructor dynamics all aimed at a similar goal of student learning.
The program boasts NR pass rate well about state average and a clinical/field internship site second to none. Students perform learned skills in the EMS, emergency department, surgery, intensive care, respiratory care, Women's Center (labor & delivery and nursery), pharmacy, and special procedures departments.
Prerequisites are to be at least 18 years of age, have a good driving record, meet the functional job description of the EMT, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, have no felony convictions and possess a current AHA HCP CPR card (classes are available at VVRMC).
Prior to all courses, there will be short pre-course aptitude test candidates must pass prior to acceptance. Applicants will also be required to write a short essay on why they would like to take the course during this test. Testing will take place on a date to be determined at 1800 at the Education Complex, 108 Page Drive across the street from the medical center. There is no charge for this test. Interested persons should call 830.778.3665 for any further information.
The next class is scheduled to start beginning of 2016, no date to post as of yet. Please keep checking, as details are coming soon.
Prerequisites are to be at a current NR EMT or Texas EMT in good standing with work experience as an EMT.
There will be a pre-course aptitude test and interview candidates must pass prior to acceptance. Applicants will also be required to write a short essay on why they would like to take the course during this test. Testing will take place on a date to be determined at the Education Complex, 108 Page Drive across the street from the medical center. There is no charge for this test. Interested persons should call 830.778.3665 for any further information.
The next class is not scheduled at this time, Please keep checking for announcement.
AHA training center
We offer eight to 10 CPR classes per month:
- Heartsaver CPR First Aid for lay persons, day care workers. This six-hours course includes CPR for adults, children and infants as well as the basics of first aid. Cost of this course is $60 which includes the textbook.
- Health care Provider CPR is for health care providers. The initial course is four hours and the renewal course is 3.75 hours. Cost of these courses are $100 and $60 respectively which includes the textbook.
- ACLS, PALS and PEARS courses are offered approximately six times per year. Contact the staff development office at 830.778.3632 to inquire or register.
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