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2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services (146), Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Emergency Medical Services is designed to prepare students to be knowledgeable, competent, entry-level, pre-hospital care practitioners. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain national or state  certification as a paramedic are prepared to enter the workforce and provide advanced emergency medical care in areas such as hospitals, fire-rescue-emergency medical services organizations, military, volunteer services, and other fields that require emergency services and/or for patients requiring emergency medical services.

Admission Requirements: There are no admission requirements beyond admission to the College for this program. Students must maintain an acceptable criminal background check to remain eligible to complete clinical and field course requirements. Students must meet the requirements of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services to remain enrolled in EMS programs.

Employment Requirements: Employment in fire-rescue service agencies may have specific physical requirements such as height, weight, eyesight, and/or other physical dexterity and ability. Employment in firerescue and clinical agencies requires acceptable criminal background check and may require drug screening. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with program head to discuss potential concerns.

Financial Requirements: In addition to college tuition, fees, and course textbooks, the Emergency Medical Services program has additional costs for which students will be responsible. Costs may include but are not limited to criminal background check, medical examination, immunizations/titers, CPR and other related certifications, uniforms, transportation to and from clinical sites, and certification and licensure fees. Contact the Health Professions division office for additional information.

Accreditation: The Emergency Medical Services program is offered in partnership with Tidewater Community College. Tidewater Community College’s Emergency Medical Services program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, FAX (214) 703- 8992,

For additional information about this program, contact the Health Professions Division office at 757-258-6531 or email

♦ Course requires pre/co-requisites.

Students Without Current EMT Certification

Students with current EMT certification (Virginia or National Registry) may initiate study in the Advanced Life Support/Paramedic course sequence outlined in “Fall I” semester below. Students without current EMT certification must complete EMS 100 , EMS 111 , and EMS 120  and successfully obtain EMT certification (Virginia or National Registry) prior to initiating study in the Advance Life Support/Paramedic sequence.

Semester Total Credits 9

Semester Total Credits 16

Semester Total Credits 14

Semester Total Credits 14

Spring II

Semester Total Credits 14

Total Minimum Credits 67

1Students with current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certifications can receive advanced standing credit for this course. Students enrolled in EMS 111  will complete certification requirements during the first week of the course.
2Students are encouraged to complete BIO 145  to fulfill the lab science requirement. Students planning to continue study toward a baccalaureate degree in a health-related field may be better served by completing BIO 141 -BIO 142  for transfer purposes. BIO 101  is a prerequisite to BIO 141 .
3Students are encouraged to complete PHI 220  to fulfill the humanities/fine arts course requirement.
4Students are encouraged to complete PSY 230  to fulfill the social science course requirement.
5Students may also complete EMS 213  or EMS 215  to fulfill this requirement.

NOTE: For courses listed in footnotes, prerequisites are included in parentheses.

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