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Associate of Applied Science Degree: Emergency Medical Services

Offered by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) at Rappahannock Community College (RCC)

RCC and NVCC jointly offer the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services through a distance learning partnership. Students may complete general education courses and the EMS-Intermediate Career Studies certificate at RCC. EMS paramedic courses are offered through NVCC .The program consists of a combination of traditional and distance learning modalities. This program is an extension of the NVCC EMS Program located in Springfield, Virginia. Students are selected for the EMS degree program by NVCC. Please see the NVCC college website ( for more information concerning admission policies and procedures.

Special Accreditation Status: The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


The curriculum is designed to develop the competencies the student will need to be certified as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and/or Paramedic.

Occupational Objectives

Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic

Degree: Associate of Applied Science

Length: 2 Years

AAS EMS First Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician 6
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician -Basic Clinical 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
NAS 150 Human Biology1 4
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care2 1
  Semester Total 15
AAS EMS Second Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2
EMS 157 ALS – Trauma Care 3
EMS 170 ALS Internship I (Clinical + Field) 1
EMS 213 ALS Skills Development3 1
HLT 250 Pharmacology3 3
  Semester Total 14
AAS EMS Third Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits
EMS 155 ALS Medical Care 4
EMS 159 EMS Special Populations 2
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 2
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1
  Social Science Elective 3
  Semester Total 12
AAS EMS Fourth Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 2
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1
  EMS/FST/HLT Elective 2
  Semester Total 12
AAS EMS Fifth Semester Curriculum
Course # Course Title Credits
EMS 211 Operations 2
EMS 216 Paramedic Review 1
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems6 3
  Humanities Elective4 3
  Social Science Elective5  3
  Semester Total 14

Total Minimum Credits: 67

1Student may take NAS 161/162 or BIO 141/142 in lieu of NAS 150.

2 SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care meets SDV requirement, which must be completed by 16th credit. Any SDV course is acceptable for this requirement.

3Student may take EMS 209 (4 cr) in lieu of EMS 213 and HLT 250.

4 Students are encouraged to take PHI 227 Bio-Medical Ethics, or a 200 level Spanish course.

5 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.

6Students may take ITE 115 or 119 in lieu of HIM 130.

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on November 20, 2013. 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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