CATALOG: EMS-Intermediate Career Studies Certificate


After December 31, 2019, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Registry of EMTs will no longer certify at the Intermediate level. Intermediate Certification testing is available at approved test sites for students who have met program requirements. For more information about all EMS programs, contact Ellen Vest at


To produce competent entry-level Intermediate EMS providers who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the Virginia EMS infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMT-Intermediates 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:

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

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS to include a high school diploma or GED and aged 18 by the first day of class;
  • meet the college’s general admission requirements and enroll as a RCC college student;
  • complete all developmental coursework;
  • meet with the program head; and,
  • complete the program application.


This 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 and general education support courses, as well as maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in the program. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” in a curricular course 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 may result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements and supervised student experiences are required by the program and will be accomplished at selected regional healthcare 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 across all domains of learning. 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.

Students who are required to perform clinical rotations in cooperating healthcare agencies  must be willing and able to conform to all clinical requirements of participating clinical agencies, including but not limited to: criminal background investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening; employment verifications; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (CPR certification must be the American Heart Association Certification for Healthcare Providers).  Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current records throughout the program.  RCC uses a third party vendor for all screenings and for maintenance of documents.  Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.



First Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 100 CPR for HealthCare Providers* 1 0 1
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician1 5 4 7
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician — Basic Clinical 0 2 1
Total 6 6 9
Second Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 121 Preparatory Foundations 2 0 2
EMS 123 Clinical Preparation 0 2 1
EMS 125 Basic Pharmacology 1 0 1
EMS 126 Basic Pharmacology Lab 0 2 1
EMS 127 Airway, Shock and Resuscitation 1 0 1
EMS 128 Airway, Shock, Resuscitation Lab 0 2 1
EMS 135 Emergency Medical Care 2 0 2
EMS 136 Emergency Medical Care Lab 0 2 1
EMS 137 Trauma Care 1 0 1
EMS 138 Trauma Care Lab 0 2 1
Total 7 10 12
Third Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 141 Cardiovascular Care 2 0 2
EMS 142 Cardiovascular Care Lab 0 2 2
EMS 175 Paramedic Clinical Experience 0 6 2
EMS 139 EMS Special Populations 1 0 1
EMS 140 EMS Special Populations Lab 0 2 1
Total 3 10 7
Total Minimum Credits: 28 1 EMS 112 and EMS 113 may be substituted. *Valid CPR card may be presented in lieu of class

Last modified on 09-12-2019