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Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services

Associate of Applied Science
Tidewater Community College

The programs in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) prepare students for work in areas such as hospitals, fire-rescue, military, volunteer services, nursing homes, sports organizations, cruise ship lines, and other fields that require emergency services.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Services provides comprehensive education necessary to provide advanced emergency medical care for patients accessing emergency medical services. Clinical and field internships are key components of this program since they offer students opportunities to experience the role of emergency service provider in various settings.

Admission to the A.A.S. program requires a general college application. If admitted, students must meet certain conditions for continuance. For further information, go to tcc.edu (search keywords "emergency medical services").

The TCC EMS Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX: (214) 703-8992
www.coaemsp.org


Program Credit Requirements
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Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services
66
Associate of Applied Science: Emergency Medical Services
66
Course Grad Req Grp (146)
66
Emergency Medical Services Course Requirement - 65 Credits
66
BIO 141 or BIO 145
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
EMS 111
7
Earn 7 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 120
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
SDV 101
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 121
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 123
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 125
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 126
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 127
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 128
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 135
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 136
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 137
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 138
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
BIO 142 or other Lab Sci Elect
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
EMS 139
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 140
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 141
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 142
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 175
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 170
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
ENG 111
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 202
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 203
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 204
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 206
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 247
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 248
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PSY 230 or PSY 200 or SOC 268
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
EMS 163
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 164
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 165
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 169
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 210
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 212
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 216
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 249
2
Earn 2 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PHI 220
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Residency Requirement (146)
66
Transfer credits will be evaluated, and as applicable, up to 49 credits may be applied to this program.
GPA Requirement
66
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Program Overview & Guidance
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Yes, if you:
  • have excellent communication skills
  • can handle a physically demanding job
  • are calm in stressful circumstances
Program Requirement Notes
Program Requirement Notes

Students may substitute BIO 141 and BIO 142 with preferred courses BIO 145 and a Science with Lab Elective. Students should consult with an academic advisor or counselor to choose the appropriate course(s).

What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • 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 Tidewater Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses? Admission to the medical laboratory technology program is very selective and requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college. Applicants are required to attend an information session, held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. (except December) on the Virginia Beach Campus.
Do More With Your Degree
Program Successes & Highlights Complete this program in just 5 semesters / 66 credits The associate degree provides individuals with the skills and expertise to deliver advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergency patients. You can achieve this degree in several steps. Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), the American Heart Association, and more! TCC had 17 graduates in 2020-21, 12 graduates in 2019-20, 40 graduates in 2018-19, 36 graduates in 2017-18, and 45 graduates in 2016-17 in the AAS program in Emergency Medical Services.
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 The student development requirement at TCC is waived for students who have completed an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. All other coursework is evaluated and transferred as applicable to your degree.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning TCC recognizes you have a wealth of skills and knowledge gained through life, work and community-based experiences. Credit for Prior Learning at TCC is academic credit awarded to students who successfully demonstrate college or university-level learning achieved through informal or experiential learning outside of the classroom. You can have your learning evaluated for academic credit, saving you time and money towards earning your degree.

For more information: https://help.tcc.edu/s/topic/0TO1R000000gnrkWAA/credit-for-prior-learning

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: Tidewater 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
3513
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? At TCC, we believe everyone should have access to a high quality, affordable education. With diverse programs designed for immediate job placement, smaller class sizes, top-rated faculty and modern campuses, TCC is an ideal environment for a life changing education, right here in your own backyard.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined when an academic plan is selected by the student.
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of attendance.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Completing the first two years of your degree at TCC can get you in the door - while saving you thousands on the cost of your education. We recommend that you start your transfer planning during your first semester at TCC. In addition to your regular academic advising, you should review the TCC guaranteed admissions agreements and the transfer guides for the college or university to which you would like to transfer.

https://help.tcc.edu/s/article/Guaranteed-Transfer-Programs.

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
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-ParamedicAssociateAssociate 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
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