Emergency Medical Services

EMS Advanced certificate

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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. 

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences  -  Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic  -  Credit Hours
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Clinical  - 1 Credit Hours
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support
EMS 153 Basic ECG Interpretation  - 2 Credit Hours
EMS 152 Advanced EMT Completion
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care
EMS 170 ALS Internship I  - 1 Credit Hours
EMS 155 Advanced Life Support Medical Care
EMS 159 Advanced Life Support - Special Populations  -  Credit Hours
EMS 172 Advanced Life Support Clinical Internship II
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development  - 3 Credit Hours
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment
EMS 242 Advanced Life Support Clinical Internship III
EMS 209 Pharmacology  -  Credit Hours
EMS 211 Operations  -  Credit Hours
EMS 215 Registry Review  - 1 Credit Hours
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV  - 1 Credit Hours
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV  - 1 Credit Hours

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)
  • 3 Credit(s)

Additional Program Information: 


To apply to the Emergency Medical Services AAS Program:

  1. Apply to PVCC as a student (if not already done). https://www.apply.vccs.edu/applications/VCCS/logon.asp?nextpage=/applications/VCCS/VCCS1.asp?application_id=4092
  2. You will need your VCCS email address (ending in @email.vccs.edu) AND your Student ID number.
  3. You will also need copies of your CPR card and EMS certification. Note: EMT is a prerequisite for applying to the degree program.
  4. Create and account and sign in here: Apply to the Emergency Medical Services Program Be sure so apply to the "Emergency Medical Services AAS".

Completion of general education courses is one criteria used to make admissions decisions. 

The application for the EMS AAS program is now open.

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 degree requirements.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program.

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Information Sessions

New and prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session. The EMS information sessions will discuss the EMT certification class, EMT to paramedic program curriculum, the intermediate to paramedic curriculum, clinical requirements and degree and certificate program options. The information sessions will include a question and answer session, as well as a tour of the PVCC EMS lab and simulation equipment.

Upcoming session dates include:

  • Saturday, March 2, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Advance registration is required: register online. For more information, contact Adam Alford at jalford@pvcc.edu.


The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services offers scholarships for EMS certification programs. Learn more.

National Registry Pass Rates

  • 2015 -    15/16    94%
  • 2016 -    25/27   93%
  • 2017 -    18/20   90%

Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: