Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic Bridge

This certificate provides training for advanced pre-hospital care as an entry-level paramedic on an ambulance or in hospital emergency rooms.

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

Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic Bridge

Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

Faculty Contact


Career Studies Certificate

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • EMS 213: ALS Skills Development - 2 credits
  • BIO 145: Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences - 4 credits

1st Semester (Fall)

  • EMS 123: EMS Clinical Preparation - 1 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 the Health Professions - 3 credits
  • EMS 247: Paramedic Clinical Experience II - 1 credits
  • EMS 248: Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience - 2 credits

2nd Semester (Spring)

  • EMS 210: EMS Operations - 1 credits
  • EMS 212: Leadership and Professional Development - 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

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort. If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.





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 Summer 2022 cohort open at 9:00am on October 1, 2021 and will close at 5:00pm on November 15, 2021.  Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.

Program Information

The PVCC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) career studies certificate program prepares current NREMT-I and Registered Nurse students to provide advanced pre-hospital care as a paramedic under structured guidelines in emergency situations. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to function as entry-level paramedics.

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.

Potential Careers