Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-ParamedicAssociate 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 – 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.
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
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.
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.
Program Overview & Guidance
|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 “C” 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
|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?
|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...||
College Level Information
|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
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level|
|Virginia Highlands Community College||Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Blue Ridge Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Central Virginia Community College||AAS in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Brightpoint Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Laurel Ridge Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Southside Virginia Community College||Associate of Applied Science with a major in Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Southwest Virginia Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergengy Medical Services Technology||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Virginia Peninsula Community College||Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Tidewater Community College||Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Patrick & Henry Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Piedmont Virginia Community College||Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Mountain Empire Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|29-2042.00||Emergency Medical Technicians||Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.||Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations|
|25-1071.00||Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|
|29-2043.00||Paramedics||Administer 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|