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.

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. Applicants are screened with an entrance exam and an interview process.

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Minimum requirements to apply:

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. 

Fees not covered: State testing fee, 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.

In order to complete clinical rotations at VUMC, you must certify that you are compliant with measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, Tdap and COVID-19 immunizations. If clinical are scheduled any day between October 1 and April 1, you must also certify that you are compliant with annual influenza immunization. You agree to follow all VUMC guidelines regarding masking and social distancing.

Fill out the online application. Click here
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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.



Liz Reeves, RN, EMT, IC
Critical Care Training Program Director