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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Effective Spring 2014

Length: 12 credits


To produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who can serve the community with basic life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing, resulting National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Program Goals

At the completion of the program the graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relevant to their roles as entry-level EMT;
  2. technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level EMT; and
  3. personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for entry-level EMT.

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  1. meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
  2. meet the college’s general admission requirements.


This Basic Life Support (BLS) program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services and Division of Educational Development.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements
An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services website for a more detailed functional job description.

Academic Requirements
Students must make a “C”or better in all program core courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on academic probation for the program. The course may be repeated once, with a written contract containing the requirements of the remediation. Repeated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program will result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements
Selected and supervised student experience are required by the program and will be accomplished at selected regional health care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate student suitability for the profession. If students do not exhibit the documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, they may be asked to withdraw from the program. All EMS students must comply with healthcare agency requirements for criminal background checks, drug testing, CPR certification and immunizations.

Other Requirements
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or Licensed Nurse Practitioner attesting to the applicant’s general health and ability to perform the activities of the program.  There are specific immunizations required for clinical practice.  Consult your advisor for details. The student is responsible for all expenses incurred for health and other screenings.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find subsequent course scheduling to be expedited.

Emergency Medical Technician Curriculum (EMS)

First Semester

Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
EMS 1111 Emergency Medical Technician 5 4 7
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician — Basic Clinical Total 0 2 1
  Total 5 6 8


Second Semester

Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
NAS 150 or
BIO 141
Human Biology or Human A&P I 4 0 or 2-3 4
  Total 4 0 4


1EMS 112 or 113 may be substituted for EMS 111.

Total Minimum Credits: 12

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on July 10, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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