The Emergency Medical Services Program is a 60 credit hours Associate of Applied Science Degree Program that is designed for students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the pre-hospital setting.
Prior to application to the EMS program, all students are required to have taken the EMT-Basic course, which meets the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and possess a current card. The clinical concentration within the EMS degree meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) training programs. Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to take the National Registry Examination for EMT-Paramedic. The clinical concentration of the EMS Program is designed to prepare the graduate for a volunteer or paid career as a certified EMT-Paramedic.
Admission to the Emergency Medical Services AS Program is made after admission to the College and prior to enrollment in any of the advanced clinical EMS courses in the Paramedic Program (200-level EMSP courses), and the student must complete the following and submit to the EMS Program Coordinator:
- An application to the EMS Paramedic Program,
- A photocopy of current CPR (Healthcare Provider Course) certification,
- Current EMT-Basic card from either: National Registry, West Virginia, Maryland, or Virginia,
- A photocopy of student’s birth certificate,
- Submission to the EMS Coordinator of a completed immunization record prior to participation in any EMS Practicum course,
- Submission of yearly PPD results (or chest X-ray, if appropriate),
- Successfully completed a urine drug screen and national criminal background check.
Students in the EMS Program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s requirements for admissions, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including mandated developmental courses, which are not counted toward completion of the program. Blue Ridge CTC Catalog requirements regarding academic standards, student conduct, and graduation procedures also apply.