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Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

Associate of Applied Science
Piedmont Virginia Community College

The PVCC emergency medical services (EMS) program prepares graduates to provide pre-hospital care as a paramedic under structured guidelines in emergency situations. The problem-solving process is used to direct care outcomes. The curriculum consists of both general studies and EMS courses. EMS program graduates are eligible to sit for the national registry exam, which is offered throughout the year. Upon successful completion of this examination, candidates receive their National Registry Paramedic certification. This is required prior to applying for the reciprocity as a Virginia paramedic. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services will only grant certification as a paramedic in Virginia through initial certification and reciprocity afforded through the National Registry. Employment opportunities for National Registry/Virginia-licensed paramedics include hospital emergeny rooms, rescue squads, ambulance companies and other public and private agencies providing pre-hospital care.


Program Credit Requirements
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Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
70
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services
70
PLAN GPA AND RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
70
Plan GPA Requirement for AAS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - PARAMEDIC
0
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Course Requirements for AAS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - PARAMEDIC
70
EMS 100
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
SDV 100
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
BIO 145
4
Earn 4 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
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:
HLT 141
2
Earn 2 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 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:
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 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
2
Earn 2 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:
ENG 112
3
Earn 3 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 165
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 163
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
EMS 167
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 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 or PHI 227
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
PSY 230
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Writing Intensive Course
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
Civic Engagement
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? This is a competitive admission program with one application deadline per year.
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 Piedmont Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
Do More With Your Degree
Program Successes & Highlights 100% National Registry Skills Exam pass rate for graduates over the past 4 years.
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 Prior completion of any associate degree or higher waives the SDV 100 requirement. All courses are evaluated and transferred as applicable to your degree.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning https://www.pvcc.edu/admissions/credit-non-traditional-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: Piedmont Virginia Community College
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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
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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