CATALOG: Pre-Paramedic Career Studies Certificate

The purpose of the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Health Sciences with a Pre-Paramedic specialization is to prepare students to enter the Paramedic Certificate program with the majority of general education courses completed. A second purpose to provide an occupational credential for employment during nursing school.

Occupational Objectives:
This program is designed to prepare the student to take the national registry examination to be-come an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This program is designed to prepare the student for further education at advance levels in EMS, as well as in academic programs at the associate and baccalaureate levels.

Gainful Employment:
Graduates of EMS programs are eligible to work in pre-hospital first responder positions, both volunteer and paid.

Admission Requirements:
Prior to beginning program courses, appli­cants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS;
  • meet the college’s general admission require­ments and enroll as a RCC college student;
  • complete all developmental coursework;
  • meet with the program head

Program Requirements:
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.


First Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences 1 1 0 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
BIO145 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 3 4
EMS 112 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic I3 3 2 4
Semester Totals 10 5 12
Second Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 4 3 0 3
HLT 215 Personal Stress and Stress Management 3 0 3
EMS 113 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic II 3 2 2 3
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Clinical 0 2 1
Semester Totals 11 4 13
Total Credits: 25  

1 SDV 100 is accepted if taken prior to entering the CSC curriculum
2 NAS 150 or BIO 141 AND 142 are standard course substitutions for BIO 145

3 EMS 111 is a substitution for EMS 112/113

4 Math 154 or higher



Last modified on 08-01-2019