Emergency Medical Telecommunications

SCED Code: 14055
Virginia Extended Description: V
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Emergency Medical Telecommunications is designed to provide the beginning telecommunicator with an understanding of situations encountered in an emergency communications environment. The student will be able to summarize issues involving the telecommunicator's role and responsibilities as a member of the health and public safety environment. The student will be able to summarize issues involving resources available to a telecommunicator, the importance of maintaining confidentiality, and liability and legal issues involving emergency telecommunicators and their agencies. The student will be able to describe the process of stress management inside and outside a communications department/center. The student will develop the entry-level skills needed in a telecommunications environment for rescue, fire, and police. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Therapeutic Services
  • Emergency Medical Technicians

Pathway Occupation
Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
  • Emergency Medical Technicians

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