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Critical Care Paramedic Course

Become a Tennessee and or Kentucky licensed Critical Care Paramedic and receive classroom and clinical training from one of the best critical care providers in the Middle Tennessee region Vanderbilt LifeFlight.

This course has been approved by both the Tennessee and Kentucky EMS Boards, and Vanderbilt LifeFlight is recognized as an official training institution to provide critical care paramedic training for both states. Students that attend our program are eligible for critical care endorsement by the states of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Jeremy Brywczynski, M.D.Jeremy Brywczynski, M.D., an emergency medicine faculty member at Vanderbilt and medical director for LifeFlight, serves as the program's medical director, with other Vanderbilt clinical experts and LifeFlight Staff serving as faculty for this unique learning experience.

The course involves more than 150 classroom and clinical hours. In addition to classroom instruction, each student will be required to participate in clinical rotations, which will include time spent flying with LifeFlight, as well as Vanderbilts Trauma Center, Burn Center, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Neuro ICU, Pediatric Emergency and Cardiovascular ICU..

Twelve students are selected to participate in the class. In order to be considered, a candidate must be a currently licensed paramedic by the State of Tennessee, have two years advanced practice experience, and have their BLS, ACLS, PALS, and advanced trauma course certifications. Applicants are screened with an entrance exam and an interview process.

Application Process

Applications for the 2020 Fall class are due July 30, 2019.  Class will start September 08, 2020 and will end December 08, 2020. The class will meet every Tuesday.  Interviews for the class will be held on August 11, 2020.  You will be contacted after you apply (and meet the minimum qualifications) with instructions for the interview and testing process.  

To apply for this exciting program, please click here to fill out the online application.

You MUST do the following before you will be considered a candidate:

1. Provide a letter of recommendation / support from your employer. Submit this to

2. Interview with the selection committee.

3. Verify you meet the minimum criteria (see below).

4. Interviews and testing will be held at our education and training facility on Glenrose Avenue in Nashville on August 11, 2020.  Please make appropriate plans. This is the only interview and testing date scheduled.

5. Each candidate must complete the critical care entrance exam to be eligible for interview. If at any time an applicant fails to complete the critical care entrance exam or interview, they will be dismissed from the candidate process without exception. The critical care entrance exam awards points to the applicant based on their overall score. If the applicant is successful, these points are forwarded to the interview committee.

6. Please allow two hours for the critical care entrance exam and one hour for the interview process.

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Minimum requirements to apply:

Licensed Tennessee Paramedic with two years of advanced practice experience
Background check with a Green or Pass score within 90 days of the class

Current certification in:
Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Advanced Trauma course (PHTLS or ITLS)


The cost of the course is $850. Please make checks payable to Vanderbilt LifeFlight . Course fee must be received within one week of your acceptance into the course. The fee covers the course, uniform, books, scrubs, and parking.

There is also an additional $80 testing fee that the student will need to pay to the private company that administers the certification exam.

Fees not covered: background check, liability insurance, two-step TB skin test within the last year, MMR, Varicella, Hep. B, Rubella, tetanus (titers or labwork), and health insurance.

Fill out the online application. Click here
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If you have questions about this course, you may contact Bo Philips by calling 615-875-9612 or by emailing.

All classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All classes meet in the classroom at our Glenrose Education and Training facility in Nashville or at Vanderbilt LifeFlight's SkyPort. The above course dates do not include clinical rotations, as these will be scheduled separately.