Emergency Medical Services

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree
EMergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you to offer pre-hospital care as a paramedic under structured guidelines in emergency situations. 

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Paramedic
  • Medic

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours
Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care / 3 Credit Hours
EMS 170 ALS Internship I / 1 Credit Hours
EMS 155 Advanced Life Support Medical Care
EMS 159 Advanced Life Support - Special Populations
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II
EMS 209 Pharmacology / 4 Credit Hours
EMS 211 Operations / 2 Credit Hours
EMS 215 Registry Review / 1 Credit Hours

Additional Program Information: 


After applying to PVCC, students must also Apply to the Emergency Medical Services Program. Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. 

The application for the EMS AAS program for Fall 2016 is now closed.

PDF icon EMS AAS Admission Requirements and Program Information 2016

Graduation Requirement

Students entering the Emergency Medical Services degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course in order to graduate.  The Writing Intensive Course for this program is EMS 201, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112.  Students who are awarded transfer academic credit for this course at another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).


  • BIO 141-142 are recommended for students planning to transfer to another health science related program.
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities and Social Science Elective can be found in the PDF icon Emergency Medical Services Degree Requirements  PSY 230 is highly recommended.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program.

Printable  Emergency Medical Services Degree Requirements 2015-2016

National Registry Pass Rates

  • 2012 - 1/1      100%
  • 2013 - 22/22   100%
  • 2014 - 15/16     94%
  • 2014 - 13/15     87%