Randolph-Macon College offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course during spring and fall semesters. The intensive, three-hour elective-credit course is open to all R-MC students and is directed by Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Grant Azdell and adjunct professors who certify students for National EMT certification.

EMT is a pre-hospital medical certification recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Students who take the course must also complete 10 hours of field/hospital rotation and make academic progress by completing all coursework to the satisfaction of the EMT instructors. A two-part testing process takes place at the end of the course. A psychomotor skills practical test is given, and students who pass this test are invited to sit for the written portion of the National Registry EMT exam.

 The EMT course provides students with the opportunity to gain a credential that will give them an advantage in finding volunteer opportunities to gain medical experience, says Josh Quinn, the medical careers coordinator for The Edge, R-MC’s four-year career program. “That experience will help make them stronger medical school applicants, and most important, better future physicians,” he says.