Initial Education Unit for the Wake County EMS System

The role of the Wake County Institute for Out-of-Hospital Medicine is to prepare current EMTs, through classroom instruction, practical lab sessions, clinical experiences, and a field internship experience, so that they're eligible for National Registry and North Carolina Paramedic certification exams.

Applicants must be current, active field providers working for one of the three EMS agencies in the Wake County EMS System.

​Program Goal

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points, at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Responder Levels.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wake County Institute for Out-of-Hospital Medicine is to educate competent entry-level providers of out-of-hospital medical care in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains in order to deliver prompt, compassionate, clinically excellent care.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Wake County Institute for Out-of-Hospital Medicine is to be the foremost resource within North Carolina for EMS education. 

Accreditation Statement

The Wake County Institute for Out-of-Hospital Medicine has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status. It is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s); however, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To Contact CAAHEP:

Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To Contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088

Academic Calendar

Cohorts start in March and August of each year.

Program Outcomes Summary

​Cohort Retention Rate First-time Test Pass Rates Job Placement Rate
001-2019 100% 100% 100%
002-​2019 80% 100% 100%

Institute Contact Information

Further information regarding the Institute for Out-of-Hospital Program, please contact: 

Donald Garner Jr., B.A.S., NRP
Deputy Director