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College of The Albemarle Announces Paramedic Graduates

College of The Albemarle (COA) held its graduation and challenge coin ceremony for the Paramedic Class of 2023 on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.  Presentation of challenge coins, similar to pins presented for other medical programs, provides the opportunity to recognize students for excellence.

We recognized eight students for successfully completing all paramedic program requirements. Students completing this course must complete a total of 1000 hours of training.

Congratulations to the November 2023 graduates (l-r): Sean Darsee, Dare County; Ethan Tack, Dare County; Stephanie Kite, Dare County; Jennifer McCallum, Dare County; Kayla Trader, Currituck County; Arthur Davis, Pasquotank County; and Jacob Lynch, Dare County. Not pictured, Ben Abe, Dare County.

“I am proud of our paramedic graduates and wish them much success in their service to our communities,” said Walter Meads, EMS Program Coordinator. “College of The Albemarle offers many emergency services-related programs including Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic.  We also offer an associate degree program and an associate degree bridge program for anyone who wants to earn a two-year degree and has completed the paramedic program. College of The Albemarle is a regional continuing education location for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers in our service area and throughout North Carolina.”

The COA Paramedic program, recently Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), started a new class on October 2, 2023. The next EMT class will start on January 9, 2024. To learn more about our available programs, visit

For more information about EMS Programs, contact Walter Meads, COA Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Emergency Medical Science, at 252-335-0821 x 2519 or [email protected]

For all other COA-related information, contact Tammy W. Sawyer, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 252.335.0821 ext. 2420 or [email protected].