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 in multiple intensive care units and critical care settings.

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

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. Credit cards are not accepted. 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 included:

  • State testing fee ($80)
  • Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic application fee ($90)
  • IdentoGo Fingerprinting/Background Check ($39.15)

Students are also responsible for: 

  • 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 to download the Health Screening Checklist

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 3401 West End Suite 100 Nashville, TN 37203. The above course dates do not include clinical rotations, as these will be scheduled separately.



Dana McDonald, BS, CCPM, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, CP-C, I/C