CATALOG: Paramedic Career Studies Certificate

Length: 3 Semesters

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.

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

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

Admission Requirements
Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • 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.
  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
  • meet the college’s general admission requirements;
  • complete all developmental course work;
  • meet with the program head; and,
  • complete the program application.

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 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 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
BIO 145 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Sciences1 3 3 4
Second Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 206 Pathophysiology for Health Professions 3 0 3  
EMS 202 Paramedic Pharmacology 2 0 2
EMS 247 Paramedic Clinical Experience II 0 3 1
EMS 203 Advanced Patient Care 2 4 2
EMS 204 Advanced Patient Care Lab 0 4 2
EMS 248 Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience 0 6 2
  Total 7 13 12
Third Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
EMS 212 Leadership and Professional Development 1 0 1
EMS 210 EMS Operations 1 0 1
EMS 216 Paramedic Review 1 0 1
EMS 165 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1 0 1
EMS 163 Prehospital Trauma Life Support 1 0 1
EMS 167 Emergency Pediatric Care 1 0 1
EMS 164 Advanced Medical Life Support 1 0 1
EMS 249 Paramedic Capstone Internship 0 6 2
  Total 7 6 9
Total Minimum Credits: 25
1NAS 150 or BIO 141 and BIO 142 may be substituted.    

The Rappahannock Community College Paramedic Career Studies Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To Contact CAAHEP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To Contact COAEMSP

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992


Last modified on 08-30-2019