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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)


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 Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information. To be eligible for placement in the program, students are required to have transcripts of previous high school and college courses sent to John Tyler Community College, submit the required health certificate, and have current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level. Per Virginia OEMS Regulation students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the beginning of any ALS certification program and hold, at a minimum, a high school or general equivalency diploma.

Special Accreditation Status

The John Tyler Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

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

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences 1 SDV 100
BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 7 EMS 112 AND EMS 113
EMS 120* Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Clinical 1  
Total Credits 13  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
HLT 143 Medical Terminology 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4 See Note 2.
EMS 152 Advanced Medical Care 2 See Note 3.
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2  
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 1  
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II 4  
EMS 154 ALS Cardiac Care 2 See Note 3.
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care 3  
EMS 159 ALS Special Populations 3  
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 1  
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1  
Total Credits 14  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts 3  
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3  
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4  
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3  
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1  
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1  
Total Credits 15  
5th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 See Note 5.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Notes 4 and 5.
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology 4  
EMS 211 Operations 2  
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1  
EMS 245 ALS Clinical Internship V 1  
Total Credits 14  
Total Credits For Program 71  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. EMS 120 must be taken concurrently with EMS 111 or EMS 113.
  2. Students must pass cognitive and practical capstone assessments to obtain eligibility to test for EMT Certification.
  3. Students who have completed EMS 155 will receive credit for EMS 152 and 154
  4. The social/behavioral science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY and SOC. Students must pass cognitive and practical capstone assessments to obtain eligibility to test for All Certification levels.
  5. The humanities elective requirement must be satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceptual or applied with a focus on skills, techniques and procedures. See website for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives. PSY 230 will fulfill a pre-nursing PSY requirement.
  6. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major four-year institutions may vary.

EMT Certification is required in order to begin ALS courses. Students must earn a "C" or better for BIO 141 and BIO 142 for eligibility to test for State and/or National Certification.

Additional Resource

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences: 804-706-5084 (Chester) or 804-594-1500 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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