EMS Basic Plus


The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level EMTs who can provide basic out-of-hospital care. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification. This credential leads to EMT certification in Virginia and most other states.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge of the EMS system, safety/well-being of the Paramedic, medical/legal and ethical issues to the provision of the emergency care.
  • Integrate knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the airway, respiratory, and circulatory system to the practice of EMS.
  • Use simple knowledge of the principles of the role of EMS during public health emergencies.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of the medications utilized by the EMT that may be administered to the patient during an emergency.
  • Apply knowledge of upper airway anatomy and physiology to patient assessment and management in order to assure a patent airway, adequate mechanical ventilation and respiration for patients of all ages.
  • Apply scene information and patient assessment findings (scene size-up, primary and secondary assessment, patient history, reassessment) to guide emergency management.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to provide basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation based on assessment findings for an acutely ill medical (neurology, GI/GU, immunology, infectious disease, endocrine, psychiatric, cardiovascular, toxicology, respiratory, hematology, OB/GYN) patient.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to provide basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation based on assessment findings for a patient in shock, respiratory failure or arrest, cardiac failure or arrest and post resuscitation management.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to provide basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation based on assessment findings for an acutely injured trauma (bleeding, chest trauma, abdominal/GI trauma, orthopedic trauma, soft tissue trauma, head/facial/neck/spinal trauma, nervous system trauma, environmental) patient.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of growth, development, aging, and assessment findings to provide a basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation for a patient with special needs (OB, neonatal, pediatrics, geriatrics).
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety to include ambulance operations, incident management, MCI, air medical, vehicle extrication and hazmat awareness.
  • Competently perform the skills and administer medications listed in the Virginia scope of practice for an EMT provider.

Program Requirements

An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for EMTs 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.

Additional Information

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 be at least 16 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 and possess and maintain current CPR certification. 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. Travel to clinical\field assignments is required.

Licensure Meets state educational requirements for licensure Does not meet the state educational requirements for licensure MECC has not made a determination on licensure reciprocity
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO,  NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY IL, MT AK – Currently do not have a state licensure for RT

Sources cited:

Further information regarding EMS certifications may be found at:  www.nasemso.org.

Statement for Emergency Medical Services (EMS):

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Mountain Empire Community College Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology program provides the following information for all prospective and current students:

The National Assoc. of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has ruled EMS provider licensure and certification to be synonymous and National Registry certification is recognized for reciprocity in 48 of our 50 states.

Mountain Empire Community College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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