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EMS Emergency Medical Services Technology

Purpose: The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry- level Paramedics  who can provide the highest level of out-of-hospital care. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification.  This credential leads to Paramedic licensure or certification in Virginia and most other states. Employment opportunities for Paramedics are available with ambulance; fire and rescue services; hospitals; local, state and federal government agencies.

Program Goals: To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Accreditation:  This program is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater FL, 33763, phone 727-210- 2350.

Admission Requirements: Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:
1. Meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
2. Meet the college's general admission requirement.

Selection Process: To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 10:

1. Submit a college admission application
2. Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
3. Complete the VPT English and Math assessment. To enroll in EMS courses the student must test above ENF 1 and MTE 1 on the college placement test or have equivalent scores on the ACT, SAT, etc. (or submit satisfactory SAT or ACT scores).
4. Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.

At that time the first round of students will be selected. Selection will be based on previous college coursework, entrance exam, skill assessment, and college placement reading scores. Students should place into ENF 3 or higher to be eligible for consideration in the first round of selection. Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 10, or score lower than cut sore on the reading exam will be considered.

Program Requirements:

Physical Requirements: An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description (pp 17-25).

Academic Requirements:Students must make a “C” or better in all program cores courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated. Remediated course must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements: Selected and supervised student experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities. The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If the student does not exhibit those documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, the student 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 RNP and should include documentation of measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant. A criminal background check and drug screening is also done to confirm compliance with state regulations.
See (pp 6-7)

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find this activity to be advantageous in subsequent course scheduling.

Program Director: Bill Akers Jr., MS, NRP, Program Director 276.964.7729

Please see the  CoAEMSP Outcomes Summary 8-19

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester (Summer)
EMS 100CPR for Healthcare Providers1101
EMS 111Emergency Medical Technician547
EMS 120EMT-Basic Clinical021
BIO 145Human Anatomy & Physiology1334
Second Semester (Fall)
SDV 100College Success Skills 3101
EMS 121Preparatory Foundations202
EMS 123EMS Clinical Preparation021
EMS 125Basic Pharmocology101
EMS 126Basic Pharmacology Lab021
EMS 127Airway, Shock and Resuscitation101
EMS 128Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab021
EMS 135Emergency Medical Care202
EMS 136Emergency Medical Care Lab021
EMS 137Trauma Care101
EMS 138Trauma Care Lab021
Third Semester (Spring)
EMS 139Special Populations101
EMS 140Special Populations Lab021
EMS 141Cardiovascular Care102
EMS 142Cardiovascular Care Lab021
EMS 175Paramedic Clinical Experience I062
ENG 111College Composition I303
PSY 230Developmental Psychology4303
Fourth Semester (Fall)
EMS 202Paramedic Pharmacology202
EMS 203Advanced Patient Care202
EMS 204Advanced Patient Care Lab022
EMS 206Pathophysiology for Health Professions303
EMS 247Paramedic Clinical Experience II031
EMS 248Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience062
Fifth Semester (Spring)
EMS 210EMS Operations021
EMS 212Leadership and Professional Development101
EMS 165Advanced Cardiac Life Support101
EMS 163Prehospital Trauma Life Support101
EMS 167Emergency Pediatric Care101
EMS 164Advanced Medical Life Support101
EMS 216Paramedic Review021
EMS 249Paramedic Capstone Internship062
Humanities Elective5303
General Education Elective6303

Total Minimum Credits for Emergency Medical Services Technology Major ... 66

1 HLT 105 is an approved substitute

2 Taking both BIO 141 and BIO 142 are an approved substitute to BIO 145.  Please note that students who complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 are exempt from completing the General Education Elective (3 credits) in the 5th semester (see footnote 5 below).

3 SDV 101 is an approved substitute.

4 PSY 200, SOC 247, and SOC 268 are approved substitutes for PSY 230.

5 Approved Humanities Electives: ART 101, ENG 241, 243, 251, MUS 121, REL 230.

6 The general education elective must be a course in one of the general education categories – communication, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, or natural sciences/mathematics.  Students who complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 in lieu of BIO 145 are exempt from the general education elective.

Footnote: 1 Students should take BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 145. It is recommended that students who are planning to transfer to another medically related program complete BIO 141-142.

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Science & Health Technologies Path

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Code: 146-01
Program Length: 2 years – 5 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 66
Program Degree Completion Plan

Old Dominion University Articulation Agreement
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology with General Education Courses to Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Health Services Administration Professional

Apply to the program.
Complete the Paramedic Program Application.

Program Director
Bill Akers
Russell Hall Room 111

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