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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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 16

Semester Total Credits 16

Semester Total Credits 12

Total Minimum Credits 69

1Students with current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certifications can receive advanced standing credit for these courses. Students enrolled in EMS 111 will complete certification requirements during the first week of the course.

2Students may complete EMS 213 or EMS 215 to fulfill this requirement. A course substitution request should be submitted to the division office and approved in advance of registration.

Advanced standing credit may be available for qualified certification. Contact the Health Professions division office at for referral to program chair for additional information.

Program Information (HP)

For additional information about this program visit the Health Professions Division web page, stop by room 313 Historic Triangle Campus, phone 757-825-2808 or 757-258-6531, or email