EMS Program Specialist

  • Title: EMS Program Specialist
  • Class: Academic Professional
  • Exempt Status: Exempt
  • Level: 3

Nature and Scope of Work

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Specialist is responsible for developing and coordinating didactic classes, clinical experiences, internships and other instructionally related activities for the PCC Emergency Medical Services (Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic) programs. Incumbents in this classification are responsible for: ensuring that instruction and student evaluation are in compliance with Oregon Administrative Rules and state statutes; developing and enhancing curricula; writing and grading examinations; assisting in the development of class schedules; instructing; coordinating clinical and internship activities; developing evaluation rubrics for clinical and internship experiences and participating in program planning.

Principal Accountabilities (includes some or all of the following)

  1. Coordinates student field internships and clinical experiences with health service providers, hospitals, clinics, and ambulance services. Negotiates terms of student experiences and ensures that contracts are developed, maintained and approved by appropriate College officers with collaborating agencies/organizations.
  2. Liaises with affiliated clinical and internship sites. Communicates effectively with clinical and field preceptors to assess student progress, responds to preceptor concerns about students, and develops action plans to mitigate student performance and behavioral issues.
  3. Maintains course rosters and ensures program compliance with Oregon statutes and administrative rules promulgated by the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, EMS & Trauma Systems to secure course approvals.
  4. Participates with EMS program faculty in course/program planning and development of EMT program curricula. Participates in the development of PCC course content and outcome guides (CCOG’s), validating, with faculty, that curricula are in alignment with State requirements.
  5. Coordinates EMS class scheduling for data entry into PCC information systems through collaboration with administrative staff.
  6. Provides instruction as requested by EMS faculty.
  7. Liaises with other PCC programs/departments and with external agencies, organizations, and institutions involved in state, regional, and national EMS education.  Participates in statewide EMT Consortium and PCC EMS advisory committee.
  8. Supports EMS program faculty in the maintenance of records, forms, and electronic media in compliance with State and accreditation standards and guidelines.
  9. Ensures that equipment is current and operational and that expendables are of sufficient quantity to meet the needs of the instructional programs. Recommends purchases of additional/replacement equipment as needed.
  10. Supports EMS program simulation activities via provision of AV technical support, presentation of case studies and scenarios, student debriefing and equipment maintenance.
  11. Coordinates the State of Oregon EMS written and practical exams held at PCC. Designs and sets up assessment centers. Coordinates instructor coverage.
  12. Provides EMS career/technical program advising to prospective students in the absence of designated program advisors.
  13. Performs related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office environment. Occasional travel requiring the use of a personal vehicle is required in developing and monitoring off-campus clinical and internship sites. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.

Physical Requirements

Lifting of mannequins, simulators and other equipment in excess of 50 pounds is occasionally required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a health services or related public safety field (fire protection, criminal justice, emergency management, paralegal). Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Military experience may be applicable depending on the nature of the experiences. Demonstrated experience as an EMT-Paramedic with prehospital and emergency medical experience. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience the position requires the following:

  • State of Oregon Paramedic certification
  • Oregon EMT Instructor certification
  • Current CPR Instructor certification
  • Basic Trauma Life Support or Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor certification.

Must be able to obtain the following certifications if required within six months of employment:

  • ACLS Instructor certification
  • PALS Instructor certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Knowledge of Oregon Administrative Rules that apply to EMS Certification and Training, EMT scope of practice, and statutory personal responsibilities;
  • Knowledge of Oregon EMS and Trauma Systems policies/procedures pertaining to EMT testing;
  • Knowledge of Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Standard Curricula for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic;
  • Knowledge of PCC policies and procedures as they pertain to EMS educational operations;
Skills in:
  • Skill in performing procedures requiring fine manual dexterity;
Ability to:
  • Ability to evaluate student performance in conformance with PCC, State, and National Registry standards;
  • Ability to utilize computer hardware/software to effectively perform duties required in the support of educational programs (word processing, spreadsheets, web browser, presentation software, academic information systems);
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects and activities;
  • Ability to operate specific office equipment (e.g. document scanners, multi-function printers, networked printers);
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written format

Reviewed: 12/2018

  • Revised: 10/2011
  • Established: 9/1997
  • 5/03