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 - Orientation
EMS 100 - CPR for Healthcare Professionals
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic  -  Credit Hours
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Clinical  - 1 Credit Hours
HTL 141 - Introduction to Medical Terminology
EMS 121 - Preparatory Foundations
EMS 123 - EMS Clinical Preparation
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences  -  Credit Hours
EMS 125 - Basic Pharmacology
EMS 126 - Basic Pharmacology Lab I
EMS 127 - Airway, Shock, Resuscitation
EMS 128 - Airway, Shock, Resuscitation Lab
EMS 137 - Trauma Care
EMS 138 - Trauma Care Lab
EMS 135 - Advanced Medical Care
EMS 136 - Advanced Medical Care Lab
EMS 139 - Special Populations
EMS 140 - Special Populations Lab
EMS 141 - Cardiovascular Care
EMS 141 - Cardiovascular Care Lab
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
EMS 175 - Paramedic Clinical Experience I
EMS 202 Paramedic Pharmacology
EMS 203 - Advanced Patient Care
EMS 204 - Advanced Patient Care Lab
EMS 206 - Pathophysiology for Heath Professionals
EMS 247 - Paramedic Clinical Experience II
EMS 248 - Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
EMS 210 - EMS Operations
EMS 216 - Registry Review
EMS 212 - Leadership and Professional Development
EMS 165 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
EMS 163 - Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
EMS 167 - Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)
EMS 164 - Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
EMS 249 - Paramedic Capstone Internship
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours
PHI 220 Ethics  - 3 Credit Hours or PHI 227 Bio-Medical Ethics  - 3 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. Head over to MyPVCC and log in using your PVCC credientals (note: you will need to be logged into your VCCS gmail account to submit the application.
  5. Complete the EMS Application here.  Note, you will need to be logged into to your VCCS google account to preceed. 

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 212, 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

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