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Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. [From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model] The Paramedic program is designed to educate the technician in all areas of pre-hospital patient care. These areas include instruction in: pre-hospital environments, preparatory skills, airway management and ventilation, patient assessment, trauma care, medical patient management, obstetrical/gynecological conditions, pediatric patients, neonatal care, psychiatric and behavioral emergencies, special considerations, and assessment based management. For Virginia trained Paramedics, successful certification at the NREMT ā€“ Paramedic (NREMT_P) level will automatically lead to a Virginia Paramedic certification. National Registry NRP certified technicians trained outside of Virginia must apply for Virginia certification before being allowed to practice at this level. After receiving Virginia credentials, the Paramedic has the option to maintain National Registry Paramedic certification without affecting their Virginia certification; however, Virginia certification must be maintained in order to provide patient care at this level.

Outcomes

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and a!ective (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. Successful performance in this program qualifies the student to take the Paramedic exam.


Program Credit Requirements
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The table below provides the requirements to complete this program. If you have an account and have created a Portfolio, the table includes the "Applied Credits" column. This column shows how the credits you earned based on the experiences you entered may be applied to satisfy these requirements.

Please note that some courses may count towards more than one requirement such as meeting a general education requirement and a major specific requirement. The course will be listed under the first matching requirement. Please contact the institution with questions.

The program map provided below is an estimate based on courses identified as a result of reviewing your portfolio and the requirements for the selected program.

A formal determination of credits awarded for your prior learning and their applicability to the degree requirements can only be made by the institution. The formal determination and resulting map may reflect higher or lower number of credits to be completed to achieve this program.
Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
65
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
65
Course Grad Req 146
65
Emergency Medical Services Req
65
SDV 101
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
ENG 111
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 100
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 120
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 111
7
Earn 7 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 121
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
BIO 145
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 123
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 125
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 126
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 127
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 128
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 141
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 142
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 135
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 136
1
Earn 1 credits: Complete the following
Earn 1 credits: Use the following rules
Complete the following
Use the following rules
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
OR
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
AND
Complete courses from the following Course list:
EMS 175
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 137
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 138
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 139
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 140
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 202
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 206
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 247
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PHI 220
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PSY 230
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 203
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 204
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 248
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 212
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 210
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 165
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 163
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 167
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 164
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 216
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
EMS 249
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
AND
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
ITE 152
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Residency
65
Transfer credits will be evaluated, and as applicable, up to 48 credits may be applied to this program.
GPA
65
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Program Overview & Guidance
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
Hybrid
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Critical thinking, Anatomy & Physiology,
Program Requirement Notes
Program Requirement Notes

The student must have a current Virginia EMT Certification and a valid CPR card for either the American Heart Association-BLS Provider or the American Red Cross -Professional Rescuer. Applicants to the program must have completed one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry with a minimum grade of ā€œCā€ within 7 years of enrollment, or obtain a score of 75% or higher on Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), or minimum score of 50 on College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or completion of ENF2, if required by placement test, or obtain the permission of the EMS program head for a waiver to that requirement. In compliance with the Virginia State Board of Health and Virginia EMS regulations (12 VAC 5-31-1200 and 12 VAC 5-31-1460), students wishing to register for Paramedic courses with an EMS prefix must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment into the program. Students younger than 18 are eligible to enroll in EMS 100, EMS 111 & EMS 120 if not already an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Students may enroll in non-EMS prefix courses. Students must meet with the EMS Program Coordinator for additional advising and enrollment into the Paramedic program. Course enrollment permission is required. To be eligible to attend a Paramedic course in Virginia you must: (1) Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language. (2) Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the beginning date of the certification course. (3) Hold a current certification as an EMT or higher. (4) Hold, at a minimum, a High School or General Equivalency Diploma. (5) Have no physical or mental impairment that would render them unable to perform all practical skills required for that level of certification (6) Not have been convicted of or found guilty of any crime, offense or regulatory violation, or participated in any other prohibited conduct identified in state EMS regulations as follows: (A) Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime involving sexual misconduct where lack of affirmative consent by the victim is an element of the crime. (B) Have never been convicted of a felony involving the sexual or physical abuse of children, the elderly or the infirm. (C) Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime (including abuse, neglect, theft from, or financial exploration) of a person entrusted to their care or protection in which the victim is a patient or is a resident of a health care facility. (D) Have never been convicted or found guilty of any crime involving the use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs except that the person is eligible for affiliation or enrollment five years after the date of final release if no additional crimes of this type have been committed during that time. (E) Have never been convicted or found guilty of any other act that is a felony except that the felon is eligible for affiliation or enrollment five years after the date of final release if no additional felonies have been committed during that time (F) Are not currently under any disciplinary or enforcement action from another state EMS office or other recognized state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body. Personnel subject to these disciplinary or enforcement actions may be eligible for certification provided there have been no further disciplinary or enforcement actions for five years prior to application for certification in Virginia (G) Have never been subject to a permanent revocation of license or certification by another state EMS office or recognized state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body. (7) All references to criminal acts or convictions under this section refer to substantially similar laws or regulations of any other state or the United States. Convictions include prior adult convictions, juvenile convictions, and adjudications of delinquency based on an offense that would have been, at the time of conviction, a felony conviction if committed by an adult within or outside Virginia. (8) Be clean and neat in appearance. (9) May not be under the influence of any drugs or intoxicating substances that impairs your ability to provide patient care or operate a motor vehicle while in class or clinicals, while on duty or when responding or assisting in the care of a patient.

What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

BIO 145 or (BIO 141 & BIO 142) is a pre-requisite for enrollment in Paramedic program

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and J Sargeant Reynolds Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses? EMS 100, EMS 111, EMS 120 required before enrolling in Paramedic program (EMT Certification required), Requires advising by EMS Programs Advisor
Do More With Your Degree Paramedic/Firefighter, Ambulance, Hospital - Clinical Setting, Flight Paramedic
Program Successes & Highlights 80 - 90% positive job placement, high demand career, immersive simulation lab, diverse instructional staff.
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Not Required

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning Prior learning is considered
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
External Link
Transfer Admission Application
External Link
Transfer Student Aid
External Link
Number of Transfer Students
916
Percent of Transfer Students
100% of students who have earned an American high school diploma or completed a GED or equivalency.
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? https://issuu.com/reynoldscommunitycollege/docs/digital_hs_recruitment_packet?fr=sZmMwOTQ3OTA5NA
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Not Required
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Central Virginia Community CollegeAAS in Emergency Medical Services - ParamedicAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - ParamedicAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergengy Medical Services TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - ParamedicAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical ServicesAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeEmergency Medical Services, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
29-2042.00Emergency Medical TechniciansAssess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
29-2043.00ParamedicsAdminister basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations