Emergency Medical Services Technology

Program Description

The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics who can service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


This program is accredited by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and is offered in conjunction with Southwest Virginia and Virginia Highland Community Colleges.  The program is also nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Goals

After successfully completing the program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as an entry-level paramedic.
  2. Technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic.
  3. Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.

Opportunities for Employment

Opportunities for paramedics include employment by fire and rescue service providers, hospitals, school systems, industry, ambulance and transportation services, local, state and federal government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations, and the military.

Special Considerations

The paramedic curriculum is an academically rigorous program, but one having the potential to provide a rewarding career for participants. Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the College and the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Medical Services.  Individuals who have a felony conviction or do not pass the background checks and/or drug screenings will not be eligible to continue in the program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program pursuant to Section 12VAC5-30-270A.1. of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services.
  • Be a high school graduate or have satisfactorily completed the GED.
  • Have a current and valid certificate evidencing EMT-B, EMT-Advanced, or EMT-Intermediate certification in Virginia pursuant to Section 12VAC5-30-290 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services.
  • Possess and maintain current CPR certification.

Additionally, a selection process is utilized to choose applicants for each year’s program.  To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 15:

  • Submit a college admission application.
  • Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
  • Take the Program Entrance Exam.
  • Take the VPT placement test (or submit ASSET, COMPASS, SAT or ACT scores).
  • Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to MECC.

After May 15, the first round of students will be selected.  Selection will be based on previous college coursework, and placement into ENF 3 or higher.  Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 15, or score lower than the cut score on the reading exam will be considered.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements: This program requires extensive walking, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, and lifting.  Lifting and carrying requirements:  at least 125 pounds; Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patients’, EMTs’ and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized.  Further, extensive use of sight, hearing, and speaking is required.  An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges.  Please refer to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description – www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems/training.

Academic Requirements

Any student receiving a grade of less than “C” in any of the required program courses will be placed on programmatic academic probation.  That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.  Dismissal from the program shall result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements

Selected and supervised student clinical experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities.  The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips or combined program classes.  Program preceptors will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession.  If the student does not exhibit those documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Other Requirements

In addition to basic college costs such as tuition and fees, this program requires expenditures for uniforms, books, liability insurance, CPR certification, immunizations and physical, drug and background screens, testing fees, certification courses and some medical equipment items.  Students are also responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician or RNP and should include documentation of measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant.


Emergency Medical Services Technology (146)


Course # Course Title Credit
EMS 111 EMT – Basic1 7
EMS 120 EMT – Basic Clinical 1
BIO 1451 Human Anatomy & Physiology2 4
SDV2 100 College Success Skills3 1
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4
EMS 152 Advanced Medical Care 2
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 1
ENG 111 College Composition 3
EMS 154 ALS – Cardiac Care 2
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care 3
EMS 159 Special Populations  
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 1
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1
ITE   ITE Elective4 3
    General Education Elective5 3
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
EMS 207 Adv. Patient Assessment 3
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1
EMS 209 Pharmacology 4
EMS 211 Operations 2
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1
    Social Science Elective6 3
    Humanities Elective7 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67


1Core competencies for HLT 105, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, are covered within EMS 111. Students will receive a BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification card. 2BIO 141-142 are recommended if the student is planning to transfer to another medically related program.3SDV 100 or 109 is recommended. 4ITE 119 is recommended. 5Elective from social science, humanities, sciences, or math (MTH 151 or higher). 6 Social Science subject areas: PSY/PLS/ECO/HIS/SOC/GEO. 7Humanities/fine art subject areas:  MUS 121/ART/PHI/REL/HUM and some ENG.

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