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Prehospital Education

Prisma Health-Upstate Prehospital Education department is dedicated to providing exceptional prehospital emergency care educational experiences at an affordable cost across the Upstate region of South Carolina.

Faculty members offer a combination of didactic and experiential education in a state-of-the-art environment, based primarily in the Prisma Health-Upstate Simulation Center. EMS courses combine evidence-based medicine and best practice methods along with classroom instruction, simulation experiences, and field offerings to ensure that graduates are fully prepared for the workplace upon completion of each program.


Emergency Medical Technician Course

Our department currently offers the South Carolina DHEC approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Course offerings utilize a variety of proven instructional techniques. The EMT course is designed to educate the student to recognize and treat a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies. These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Placement of basic and advanced airways
  • Application of a variety of splints
  • Management of uncontrolled bleeding
  • Many other treatment modalities

An additional 24 hours of EMS internship is required of the students, which consists of students riding and performing skills with Prisma Health Ambulance Services. Applicants must possess a high school diploma/GED or be a high school senior.

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Community Paramedic Course

This course provides training to build on current knowledge as a paramedic to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health, primary healthcare, and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. The goal is to create healthy communities, enhance the patient experience, and reduce healthcare costs by placing emphasis on system navigation that integrates existing services and resources, delivering care through sophisticated technology, communications and health informatics.

Applicants must possess a current Nationally Registered Paramedic certification. This course is facilitated in a virtual format. Once the didactic portion is complete, the students must then complete internship hours in various clinical settings. Students are able to complete clinical requirements in the area they reside.

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Courses and events

The Prehospital Education department currently offers:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses
  • EMT Refresher courses
  • Community Paramedic (CP) courses
  • AHA courses
  • NAEMT courses

For information on other classes relevant to the Prehospital field, contact