Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic

Career Studies (221-146-05)

Course # Course Title Credit
EMS 213 ALS Skills Development 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
BIO 1451 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1
EMS 209 Adv. Pharmacology 4
EMS 211 Operations 2
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1
Total Minimum Credits for Certificate 27

1BIO 141/ 231 and BIO 142/232 may be substitute or BIO 145 *Admission requirements for this career studies certificate include: (1) meeting eligibility requirements as stipulate by the Virginia Office of Medical Services; (2) bring currently certifies as an EMT-Intermediate; and (3) having a minimum of three years’ experience at the EMT-Intermediate level.

Program Goals

At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level EMT-Paramedic. The graduate of the program will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry- level EMT-

Paramedic. The student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level EMT-Paramedic.


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

Occupational Objectives

Occupational opportunities for EMT-Paramedics include employment by fire and rescue service providers industry, ambulance and transportation services, as well as service in volunteer agencies.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the College and the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Individuals who have a felony conviction may not be eligible to take the certification exam.

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 Emergency Medical Technician-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.
  • Completion of an accepted anatomy and physiology course.
  • Completion of all required developmental coursework.

Selection Process

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 15th the first round of students will be selected.  Selection will be based on previous college coursework, entrance exam score, and college placement reading scores.  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.

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, 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 nurse practitioner and should include documentation of measles, seasonal flu, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant.

For Further Information Contact:      

  • Kim Dorton, Assistant Dean
    276.523.2400 ext. 356
  • Bill Akers, Program Director of the Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program at SVCC
  • Tommy Clements, Dean
    276.523.2400 ext. 431