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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Associate of Applied Science with a major in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics
Length: 
Five semesters
Purpose: 

The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Paramedics who can service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for Paramedics are available with ambulance; fire and rescue services; hospitals; local, state and federal government agencies; and humanitarian relief organizations.

Program Goals:

At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry-level paramedic;
  • technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic;
  • personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.

Admission Requirements:

Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:

  1. meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS; and
  2. meet the college’s general admission requirements.

Accreditation:

This program is accredited nationally by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Selection Process:

To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 10:

  1. Submit a college admission application.
  2. Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
  3. Take the VPT English test (or submit satisfactory SAT or ACT scores).
  4. Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.

At this time the first round of students will be selected.  Selection will be based on previous college coursework, interview, entrance exam, and college placement reading scores. Students should place into ENF 3 or higher to be eligible for consideration in the first round of selection.  Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 10, or score lower than cut score on the reading exam will be considered.

Physical Requirements:

An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges.  Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description. See Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Training Programs Summary, Pages 14-16.

Academic Requirements:

Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses.  Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation.  That course shall be remediated.  Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements:

Selected and supervised student 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.  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 might be asked to withdraw from the program.

Other Requirements:

Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant 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.  A criminal background check and drug screening is also done to confirm compliance with state regulations. See Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Training Programs Summary, Pages 7-8.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.  Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find this activity to be advantageous in subsequent course scheduling.

Program Contact:

Bill Akers Jr., MS, NRP, Program Director, (276) 964-7729, bill.akers@sw.edu.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.   

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester (Summer)
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 5 4 7
EMS 120 EMT - Basic Clinical 0 2 1
SCI* Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 145) 3 3 4
SDV  Student Development/Orientation 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 9 13
Second Semester (Fall)
EMS 151 Intro. to Advanced Life Support 3 2 4
EMS 152
AEMT Completion 1 2 2
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2 0 2
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 0 3 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 7 12
Third Semester (Spring)
EMS 154 ALS - Cardiac Care 1 2 2
EMS 157 ALS - Trauma Care 2 2 3
EMS 159 EMS Special Populations 2 2 3
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Intership II 0 3 1
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 0 3 1
ITE Computer Elective 3 0 3
SOC Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 12 16
Fourth Semester (Fall)
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 0 4
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology 3 2 4
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 0 3 1
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship II 0 3 1
SOC** Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 8 13
Fifth Semester (Spring)
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3 0 3
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3 0 3
EMS 211 Operations 1 2 2
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 0 3 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship III 0 3 1
HUM*** Humanities Elective 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 10 14
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 67
Notes: 

*A 4-credit Anatomy & Physiology course.  BIO 141-142 or 145 are recommended if the student is planning to transfer to another medically-related program.
**Social Science subject areas: PSY/PLS/ECO/HIS/SOC  Recommend PSY 230
***Humanities/fine art subject areas: MUS/ART/PHI/SPA/REL/ ENG 241-242 /SPD 130

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