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Emergency Medical Services Technology – EMT

EMS Emergency Medical Services Technology

Purpose: The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Paramedics who can service 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 and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for Paramedics are available with ambulance; fire and rescue services; hospitals; local, state and federal government agencies; and humanitarian relief organizations.

Program Goals: At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:
• The ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry-level paramedic;
• Technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic;
• Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.

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.

Accreditation:  The Southwest Virginia Paramedic 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).

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. Take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) or submit SAT or ACT scores.
4. Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.

At this time the first round of students will be selected. Selection will be based on previous college coursework, entrance exam 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 score 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 16-25).

Academic Requirements: Students must make a "C" or better in all program core courses. Any student receiving a grade less than "C" will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of "C" or better. Dismissal from the program shall 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. 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 Contact: Bill Akers Jr., MS, NRP, Program Director 276.964.7729

Please see the  CoAEMSP Outcomes Summary 3-18 

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester (Summer)
EMS 111Emergency Medical Technician547
EMS 120EMT-Basic Clinical021
SCI*Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 145)334
SDV 100College Success Skills101
Second Semester (Fall)
EMS 151Intro. to Advanced Life Support324
EMS 152Advanced EMT Completion122
EMS 153Basic ECG Recognition202
EMS 170ALS-Internship I031
ENG 111College Composition I303
Third Semester (Spring)
EMS 154ALS - Cardiac Care122
EMS 157ALS - Trauma Care223
EMS 159ALS - Special Populations223
EMS 172ALS - Clinical Internship II031
EMS 173ALS - Field Internship II031
MTH 151Math for Liberal Arts I303
Fourth Semester (Fall)
EMS 205Advanced Pathophysiology404
EMS 209Advanced Pharmacology324
EMS 242ALS Clinical Internship III031
EMS 243ALS Field Internship III031
SS*Social Science Elective II **303
Fifth Semester (Spring)
EMS 201EMS Professional Development303
EMS 207Advanced Patient Assessment223
EMS 211Operations122
EMS 244ALS Clinical Internship IV031
EMS 245ALS Field Internship IV031
HUMHumanities Elective***303

Total Minimum Credits for Emergency Medical Services Technology Major ... 67

* A 4-credit Anatomy & Physiology course. BIO 141-142 are recommended if the student is planning to transfer to another medically related program; otherwise, BIO 145 is recommended.

** Social Science subject areas: PSY/PLS/ECO/HIS/SOC Recommend PSY 230

*** Humanities/Fine Arts subject areas: MUS/ART/PHI/SPA/REL/Eng 241-242/SPD 130

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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: 67
Program Degree Completion Plan

Apply to the program.
Complete the Paramedic Program Application.

Program Advisor
Bill Akers
Russell Hall Room 111

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