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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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 For Program||71|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- EMS 120 must be taken concurrently with EMS 111 or EMS 113.
- Students must pass cognitive and practical capstone assessments to obtain eligibility to test for EMT Certification.
- Students who have completed EMS 155 will receive credit for EMS 152 and 154
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 "B" or better in all EMS-specific courses, and a "C" or better for BIO 141 and BIO 142 for eligibility to test for State and/or National Certification.
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).