For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2010
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) recently received accreditation from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services to provide paramedic (EMT-P) certification training, the highest level of emergency response.
In addition, LFCC will now offer a new degree – the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This degree requires 66 credit hours and provides a preferred qualification for career-minded students who wish to become EMS professionals. The degree culminates with the EMT-P credential.
“The accreditation allows us to provide more comprehensive emergency response training in order to meet the needs of the community,” said EMS Instructor Vincent McGregor. “There is a national trend toward the growing role of pre-hospital services as well as the overall increase in medical professions.”
In order to enter LFCC’s EMS program, students must hold a minimum EMT-basic certification. In the fall, the College will offer a bridge course for students who hold EMT-Intermediate certification and wish to earn the EMT-P.
Paramedic certification enables first responders to interpret electrocardiograms, deliver defibrillation and administer IVs and life-saving medicines. The training enables successful students to sit for state and national certification exams.
Students interested in health professions must complete a separate application process in addition to the general application for admission to LFCC.
For more information, please contact Vincent McGregor, instructor of EMS, at 540-868-7189 or [email protected].
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.