EMS / AHA Programs

Eugene Edwards
Eugene Edwards
EMS Program Director
(828) 659-0422
AHA Instructors
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EMS Programs Class Offerings:
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AHA CPR – BLS (Healthcare Providers)

Date: Choose your Date

          March 25, 2020 CANCELED

          May 27, 2020

          July 22, 2020 

          Sept. 30, 2020

          December 2, 2020

Time: 9am to 1pm

Cost: $20.00 per person (To be paid at the time of registration) 

Card fee: $5.00 This fee will be collected the day of class.

Class location:  William Harold Smith Building, 1st floor.

Register by clicking here: Register Now

The last day to register is March 23, 2020 at noon.

For more questions contact Eugene Edwards at 828-659-0422 or eedwards@mcdowelltech.edu.


AHA CPR 1st Aid - Heart Saver (Non-Healthcare Providers)
Date: Choose Your Date
          April 29, 2020
          October 28, 2020
Time: 9am to 3pm
Cost: $20.00 per person. To be paid at the time of registration 
Card fee of $20.00 will be collected the day of class.
Class Location: William Harold Smith Building, 1st floor.
Register by clicking here: Register Now
For more questions contact Eugene Edwards at 828-659-0422 or eedwards@mcdowelltech.edu

American Heart Association (AHA) classes: CPR, ACLS, ACLS-EP, or PALS classes contact eedwards@mcdowelltech.edu to set up a class or for information on a program.


Are you interested in saving a life or helping someone in need?

Are you interested in an Emergency Medical Career?

If so, our Emergency Medical Program Offers the Training You Need and Want!


Orientation for EMT & AEMT (Separate classes: Orientation will be held together)


Orientation will be TBA at 6 PM in the William Harold Smith Building, Room 107.  Classes begin TBA. Class hours are 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday and some Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For any further questions you may contact Eugene Edwards at 828-659-0422 or eedwards@mcdowelltech.edu.


A Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) or Works Key certificate at the Gold level is required. This can be obtained at Job Link on Baldwin Ave. in Marion the phone number is 828-659-6001.

The McDowell Technical Community College Paramedic program 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: CoAEMSP
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Ph: 214.703.8445 | Fax: 214.703.8992 | www.coaemsp.org

Our 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"

Our faculty:
Is dedicated to providing training to new and current technicians at all levels of the EMS profession. We offer the Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and the Paramedic programs for new students and an array of different continuing education opportunities for experienced providers.

Our EMS Program strives to:
  • provide a learning environment that offers students the cognitive and technical skills necessary to become a competent, entry level paramedic
  • prepare competent, entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • provide leadership in the emergency medical care community
  • provide students with the ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing
Our EMS Program:
Prepares professional paramedics at the certificate level to address the health care needs of diverse populations in our region. In accordance with the college's teaching mission, our EMS Program provides a scholarly atmosphere that stimulates service and creative activities by our faculty and students.
Handbook and Student Information:
For more information, please contact Eugene Edwards at 659-0422.
Wilderness First Aid/CPR
This class is designed to help anyone that may require first aid in remote locations or around the house in rural areas. The goal of first aid is to preserve life, alleviate suffering, and prevent further injury/illness until more advanced care can be obtained.
The class will cover CPR, choking, wound care, medical emergencies, skeletal injuries, burns, environmental issues, and emergency/non-emergency moves. There will be an outside skills portion to the class.
Dates/Times: TBD
Location: McDowell Tech, William Harold Smith Building Room 107
Cost:$50 per person (must pre-pay before the class starts)
Optional: CPR, 1st Aid AED card ($20 cash paid during the class)
Class Size: 20 maximum, Last day to register is June 26th by noon