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

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Program Information

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 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 drafted 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 is 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 might be asked to withdraw from the program.

Other Requirements
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or registered nurse practitioner. It should include documentation of general health as well as immunization and exposure to infectious and communicable diseases required by the clinical facilities and the Center for Disease Control to include but may not be limited to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chicken pox, (Varicella) Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and the current influenza vaccination.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance, the online student portfolio tracking and testing program, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Drug testing and a criminal background check are also the responsibility of the student through Certified Background Check (CBC). All required documentation and certifications will be submitted to CBC as well. 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.


Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  1. New applicants must hold a current Virginia Intermediate or Intermediate-99 certification. Current RCC Students continuing through to Paramedic must have completed all course requirements for Intermediate and be in the testing process. Intermediate certification is required before testing Paramedic.
  2. meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
  3. meet the college’s general admission requirements.

First Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
NAS 150 Human Biology 4 0 4
Second Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 0 4
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology 4 2 4
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 0 6 2
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 0 6 2
Total 8 14 12
Third Semester
# Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 201 Professional Development 3 0 3
EMS 207 Advanced Assessment 2 2 3
EMS 211 Operations 1 2 2
EMS 216 Paramedic Review 1 0 1
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 0 3 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1 6 2
Total 8 13 12

Total Minimum Credits: 28


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 Paramedic;
  2. technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level Paramedic; and
  3. personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for entry-level Paramedic.

Gainful Employment Data


Contact Ellen Vest at 804-758-6777 for additional information.

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