Purpose: This career studies certificate program is designed to prepare currently certified Virginia Intermediate providers with the knowledge and skills to become competent, entry level paramedics. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain national or state certification as a paramedic are prepared to enter the workforce and provide advanced life support care in areas such as hospitals, transport agencies, 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: This program includes the following requirements beyond admission to the College: acceptable criminal background check and acceptable drug screen through the duration of the program, acceptable results of a medical physical and required immunizations. Students must meet the requirements of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services to gain and maintain enrollment in EMS program(s). Students must hold a current Intermediate certification. Students must receive a passing grade in EMS 213 before progressing into the second-year paramedic-level coursework. Students who do not successfully complete EMS 213 will be required to start the Paramedic Program from the first semester with EMS 121 . 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. Student must be at least 18 years of age, hold a current Intermediate and approved BLS certification on the first class date in order to enroll in this program.
Academic Requirements: Students must complete each course with a grade of “C” or better in order to continue in the EMS sequence. Students who do not achieve a passing grade of “C” will be withdrawn from the program in accordance with department policies and procedures.
EMS courses must be taken in the sequence outlined within the program of study course sequence, and courses in each semester must be taken as corequisites.
The EMS program offers all courses in both fall and spring semesters, therefore program cohorts may start virtually year-round.
Clinical/Field and Behavioral Requirements: Clinical and internship courses are a critical component in any medical program, but the practice of medicine requires the strictest of safe and appropriate behaviors, when dealing with actual sick and injured patients. Students are required to perform clinical and/or field internships in cooperating healthcare agencies and/or licensed EMS agencies must conform to all clinical and/or field requirements of participating clinical and/or field facilities/agencies. Students are always supervised by trained and certified professionals, and there is zero tolerance for inappropriate and/or unsafe actions or behaviors. Transportation to and from the multiple clinical and internship sites is solely the responsibility of the student. Punctuality and the wearing of appropriate uniforms are program, facility and/or agency requirements. Essential documentation of all patient care is also a critical element of each clinical and internship course, and grades in each course will be strongly based on each of these components.
Physical Requirements: An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Virginia Office of EMS website for a more detailed functional job description to ensure being well suited for this challenging, yet rewarding pursuit: www.vdh.state.va.us/oems.
Credit for Prior Learning: Students in the Emergency Medical Services program may be eligible to receive credit for prior learning and/or industry certifications in accordance with department policies at no additional costs to their program of study. See an academic advisor or the department head for further information.
Employment Requirements: Volunteer opportunities and gainful employment in emergency medical services and/or fire and rescue agencies may have specific medical and/or physical entrance requirements, as well as require an acceptable criminal background check and/or drug screening. Additional requirements may be required prior to entry, requirements vary by agency/facility.
Financial Requirements: In addition to college tuition, fees, and course software and 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 investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening and/or other required immunizations/titers; employment verifications; uniforms; test site, certification and licensure fees; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) [must be American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers] certification (if not already certified). Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current certifications and accurate up-to-date immunizations and records throughout the program. Thomas Nelson Community College uses a third-party vendor, for all criminal background investigation and drug screenings. Criminal background investigation and/or drug screenings will not be accepted unless they are completed through the College’s third-party vendor. Program faculty and/or staff will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.
Special Accreditation Status: The Thomas Nelson Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Basic Life Support Accreditation Status: The Thomas Nelson Community College EMS program has been conferred accreditation as a Virginia Basic Life Support (BLS) Education Program (Emergency Medical Technician is classified as a BLS program/certification) by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services in compliance with Virginia Administrative Code 12 VAC 5-31.
To contact The Virginia Office of EMS
Division of Educational Development:
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059