Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic

This degree prepares you to offer pre-hospital care as a paramedic under structured guidelines in emergency situations.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees and books.  

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Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

Faculty Contact

Program

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Credit Hours

68

Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • EMS 100: CPR for Health Care Providers - 1 credits
  • EMS 111: Emergency Medical Technician - 7 credits
  • EMS 120: Emergency Medical Technician-Clinical - 1 credits
  • HLT 141: Introduction to Medical Terminology - 2 credits
  • EMS 121: Preparatory Foundations - 2 credits
  • EMS 123: EMS Clinical Preparation - 1 credits
  • BIO 145: Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences - 4 credits
  • EMS 125: Basic Pharmacology - 1 credits
  • EMS 126: Basic Pharmacology Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 127: Airway, Shock and Resuscitation - 1 credits
  • EMS 128: Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 137: Trauma Care - 1 credits
  • EMS 138: Trauma Care Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 135: Advanced Medical Care - 2 credits
  • EMS 136: Advanced Medical Care Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 139: Special Populations - 1 credits
  • EMS 140: Special Populations Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 141: Cardiovascular Care - 2 credits
  • EMS 142: Cardiovascular Care Lab - 1 credits
  • EMS 175: Paramedic Clinical Experience I - 2 credits
  • ENG 111: English Composition I - 3 credits
  • EMS 202: Paramedic Pharmacology - 2 credits
  • EMS 203: Advanced Patient Care - 2 credits
  • EMS 204: Advanced Patient Care Lab - 2 credits
  • EMS 206: Pathophysiology for Health Professions - 3 credits
  • EMS 247: Paramedic Clinical Experience II - 1 credits
  • EMS 248: Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience - 2 credits
  • ENG 112: English Composition II - 3 credits
  • EMS 210: EMS Operations - 1 credits
  • EMS 212: Leadership and Professional Development I - 1 credits
  • EMS 165: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - 1 credits
  • EMS 163: Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) - 1 credits
  • EMS 167: Emergency Pediatrics Course (EPC) - 1 credits
  • EMS 164: Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) - 1 credits
  • EMS 216: Paramedic Review - 1 credits
  • EMS 249: Paramedic Capstone Internship - 2 credits
  • PHI 220: Ethics PHI 227: Biomedical Ethics - 3 credits
  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information in a booklet on the program’s web page or in the Admission and Advising Center, and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

 

 

 

 

Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students. The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process. Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students. Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.

You must register to attend an information session. 

 

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort open at 9:00am on February 2, 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on July 15, 2022.

Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

 

Program Information

The problem-solving process is used to direct care outcomes. The curriculum consists of both general studies and EMS courses.

National Registry Exam: EMS program graduates are eligible to sit for the national registry exam, which is offered throughout the year. Upon successful completion of this examination, candidates receive their National Registry Paramedic certification. This is required prior to applying for the reciprocity as a Virginia paramedic. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services will only grant certification as a paramedic in Virginia through initial certification and reciprocity afforded through the National Registry.

Occupational Objective: Employment opportunities for National Registry/Virginia-licensed paramedics include hospital emergency rooms, rescue squads, ambulance companies and other public and private agencies providing pre-hospital care.

Graduation Requirement: Students entering the Emergency Medical Services degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC) 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 credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).

Program Outcomes

Year NR Written Pass Rate NR Skills Exam Pass Rate Retention Positive Placement
2020 100% 100% 60.7% 88.2%
2019 100% 100% 77.3% 88.2%
2018 82% 100% 77% 100%
2017 88% 100% 78.6% 83%
2016 86% 100% 82% 100%