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JTCC’s EMS Program Announces Accreditation as it Honors its Outstanding Program Partners

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Holly Walker
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Released on April 18, 2019

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education at John Tyler Community College was celebrated during the college’s 2nd Annual EMS Clinical Awards Ceremony held earlier this semester. During the ceremony, Tyler’s EMS program honored the organizations and individuals who partner with the college to provide students with valuable hands-on experiences in clinical and field settings. Tyler’s EMS Program Chair Daniel Linkins also made an exciting announcement: The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) has granted full accreditation to Tyler’s EMS, Paramedic program. The accreditation comes after an intense multi-year, multi-step process with extensive review by the Committee for Accreditation of EMS Programs (CoAEMSP). “We are proud to be able to offer our students the assurance of quality as determined by this external review,” said Linkins, associate professor of Emergency Medical Services. “Tyler’s EMS program emphasizes continuous quality improvement as we prepare emergency responders to care for our community. We appreciate the immense amount of support we receive from our college’s administration, faculty, students and staff, as well as members of the healthcare community. We look forward to continuing to meet the educational needs of future paramedics.”

Community partners play a key role in the education Tyler’s EMS students receive. They work hand-in-hand with the college’s faculty and staff, helping students connect the principles taught in the classroom to real-world practice. During Tyler’s EMS Clinical Awards Ceremony, awards were presented to outstanding organizations and individuals based on nominations and reviews from Tyler’s EMS students who completed over 5,600 hours in clinical and field settings last year.

The award recipients were:

Outstanding Clinical Site

Johnston-Willis Hospital Emergency Department

Outstanding Field Site

Emergency Services Solutions – Amelia Emergency Squad

EMS Clinical Preceptor of the Year

Donna Talbot, Johnston-Willis Hospital Emergency Department

EMS Field Preceptor of the Year

Krystle Hester, Colonial Heights Fire and EMS

“The clinical experience allows students supervised opportunities to perform as practitioners, while having the safety net of a competent, experienced mentor,” said Linkins. “In most cases, these mentors will continue to support students for many years after they graduate.”

All winners received a plaque, and preceptor award recipients were given an Eko Core digital stethoscope. All nominees received a limited edition challenge coin, donated by a Tyler EMS student who wanted to show her appreciation for the experiences and support she received while studying at the college. 

To learn more about Tyler’s EMS program offerings, visit or contact Daniel Linkins at

John Tyler Community College offers more than 60 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, a Nursing Education Center, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,300 students during the 2017-18 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges. 

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