General Policies & Procedures

Updated September 2014 / Office of Student Services.

Policy of Non-Discrimination


It is the policy of the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services (NIEMS) to provide equal opportunity to all applicants without discrimination. The Institute is a private educational organization that admits qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or other factors irrelevant to participation in our academic programs. NIEMS is also an equal opportunity employer.


Students with Disabilities


The National Institute of Emergency Medical Services will strive to support the academic, personal, and work related needs of each individual. Our faculty and staff will make every attempt to accommodate students with disabilities that do not compromise bonafide occupational requirements. An EMS student must possess the sensory and physical ability to perform all of the diagnostic, therapeutic, and communication functions that are required for ambulance work and State licensure. Therefore, at a minimum, EMT and paramedic applicants must be able to speak, hear, see, walk, run, crawl, grasp, and lift heavy objects. Unfortunately, certain limitations may prevent admission, certification and employment. The Education Director must be made aware of any special needs prior to registration. Documentation of a disability is required and considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our Office of Student Sevices or your local department of health for additional information.

International Students


International students are subject to the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If you are from a foreign country and wish to take an EMS academic program from the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services you must meet our admissions criteria and have an appropriate visa for college level study within the U.S.  Students who have received their high school level education from outside the U.S. must provide us with a verifiable General Certificate of Education or a similar type of certificate from your native country. Although the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required, as an international student you should be able to read and write English, understand spoken English, and speak English in such a way as to be understood. All courses are taught in English. Additional requirements for non U.S. citizens may be required for certification or licensure.

Care of Equipment, Vehicles, and Facilities


You should not attempt to use any equipment or supplies that are unfamiliar until properly trained. All medical equipment should be handled carefully and should never be used for anything other than for its intended use. Abuse or neglect of medical equipment is grounds for dismissal. Equipment must be properly cleaned and put away after each class. At no time should you drive or attempt to operate an emergency vehicle unless supervised and specifically instructed to do so as part of your training. Purposeful destruction of facilities, including graffiti of any kind, may result in student dismissal and/or additional charges.

Student Illness or Injury


If you become ill or injured while on campus or during clinical training you should seek appropriate medical attention and notify our Clinical Training Coordinator or Education Director as soon as possible. It is the policy of the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services that students are responsible for their own medical expenses. Since emergency service work is inherently dangerous, health insurance is strongly recommended. The Institute assumes no financial responsibility for any treatment that a student may seek as a result of an exposure, illness, or accident that occurs while participating in one of our educational programs. Malpractice insurance, which the student is required to purchase, covers only injuries to the patient as a result of improper care and does not cover illness or injury to the student in any way.


Students with Communicable Diseases


Students with illnesses or diseases that may pose a threat to others may be asked to discontinue their education temporarily or permanently depending on the circumstances. For example, students with a severe infection, pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, or chicken pox, etc. may be asked not to attend class or clinical sites. A physician’s approval note may be required for those wishing to return. Additional training will be required for any missed coursework.


Students with HIV or AIDS


It is our policy not to discriminate against students who are HIV-positive; however, students with immune deficiency disorders may be placing themselves at a greater risk of secondary infection during ambulance and hospital clinical training. Students with HIV should carefully consider if an emergency medical career is appropriate for

maintaining their health. It is also the policy of the Institute to increase awareness and provide education to its students and employees about HIV infection and AIDS symptoms for the express purpose of preventing accidental infection while treating HIV infected patients.


Snow Schedule and Holidays


The administrative offices of the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services are located in a Federal Building. Our offices will therefore be open or closed according to the U.S. Government’s weather emergency policy. If the Federal Government is closed, the Institute will be closed. Likewise we will honor all Federal holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), and Christmas Day. On Federal holidays the Institute is closed.


Faculty & Students

Courses located at our New York Avenue Training Center or held at a Hospital will always meet as scheduled unless DC Metro buses or trains are not operating. Any courses held on the Arlington Career Center campus will be cancelled for bad weather according to Arlington Public School District’s closure policy.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Weapons


A student suspected of being under the influence or in the possession of alcohol or any non-prescription drug while on campus or any clinical site will be asked to leave immediately and may be dismissed or criminally prosecuted. Weapons are strictly prohibited. Having any type of drug, alcohol, weapon, or the appearance of a weapon will result in the immediate dispatch of campus security and/or the police. No one other than a fully commissioned police officer or federal law enforcement officer will be permitted to carry a firearm while on campus.



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