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Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: To prepare students to be knowledgeable, competent pre-hospital care practitioners and fill positions at the level of Paramedic.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Emergency Medical Services Paramedic

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curriculum admissions requirements, the student must have current Virginia or National Registry EMT-B and a valid CPR for Healthcare Providers card. Applicants to the program must have completed one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry with a minimum grade of “C” or obtain the permission of the EMS program head for a waiver to that requirement.

All applicants to the Emergency Medical Services AAS degree program must declare their curriculum plan as the Pre-Emergency Medical Services Career Studies Certificate. (Please see reynolds.edu/curriculum/Pre-Emergency_Medical_Services_ParamedicCSC.aspx for information on this career studies certificate.) In order to be officially accepted into the Emergency Medical Services program, applicants will need to fulfill certain prerequisites included in the career studies certificate and meet with the program head to review their records.

In compliance with Virginia State Board of Health, Virginia EMS regulations (12 VAC 5-31-1200 and 12 VAC 5-31-1460), students wishing to register for any of the courses with an EMS prefix in this program must be at least 18 years of age at the time of their enrollment. Students younger than 18 are encouraged to enroll in any of the non-EMS prefix courses until they reach their 18th birthday and are legally eligible for enrollment in EMS courses.

To determine current tuition and fees, visit reynolds.edu/pay_for_college/tuition.aspx, or call the School of Nursing and Allied Health office at (804)523-5375. Additional fees for the Paramedic program include certification for CPR, ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, and AMLS. National Registry Advanced Life Support certification exams cost approximately $150-$200, including practical testing and National Registry of EMTs application fees. The instructor will inform students of the textbooks and other required learning materials needed in the syllabus for each course.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: The functional skills listed below apply to students entering the Pre-EMS Paramedic CSC, EMS – Emergency Medical Technician CSC, EMS –Intermediate CSC, EMS – Paramedic CSC, and EMS – Paramedic AAS degree. Students entering these programs must have the ability to:

  • Verbally communicate in person, via telephone and telecommunications using the English language;
  • Hear spoken information from co-workers, patients, physicians, and dispatchers and sounds common to the emergency scene;
  • Lift, carry, and balance a minimum of 125 pounds equally distributed (250 pounds with assistance), a height of 33 inches, and a distance of 10 feet;
  • Read and comprehend written materials under stressful conditions;
  • Use a prescribed format to document patient information in writing or by entry into a computer program;
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and fine motor skills, with ability to perform all tasks related to quality patient care in a safe manner;
  • Bend, stoop, crawl, and walk on even surfaces; and
  • Meet minimum vision requirements to operate a motor vehicle within the state.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

EMS 1111,2,6
or 
EMS 112
1,6 
and 
EMS 113
1,6

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
or
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic I
and 
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic II

5

3

2

4

2

2

7

4

3

EMS 1202

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Clinical

0

2

1

BIO 1413

Human Anatomy  and Physiology I

3

3

4

SDV 1003

College Success Skills

1

0

1

TOTAL

9

9

13

EMS 1516

Introduction to Advanced Life Support

3

2

4

EMS 170

ALS Internship I

0

3

1

EMS 153

Basic ECG Recognition

2

0

2

EMS 157

ALS – Trauma Care

2

2

3

ENG 1113

College Composition I

3

0

3

TOTAL

10

7

13

EMS 155

ALS – Medical Care

3

2

4

EMS 159

ALS – Special Populations

2

2

3

EMS 172

ALS Clinical Internship II

0

3

1

EMS 173

ALS Field Internship II

0

3

1

HLT 143

Medical Terminology

3

0

3

ITE 1153

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

10

15

BIO 1423

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

EMS 207

Advanced Patient Assessment

2

2

3

EMS 242

ALS Clinical Internship III

0

3

1

EMS 243

ALS Field Internship III

0

3

1

EMS 201

EMS Professional Development

3

0

3

EMS 205

Advanced Pathophysiology

4

0

4

TOTAL

12

11

16

EMS 209

Advanced Pharmacology

3

2

4

___ ___3,4,5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

EMS 211

Operations

1

2

2

EMS 244

ALS Clinical Internship IV

0

3

1

EMS 245

ALS Field Internship IV

0

3

1

___ ___3,4

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

10

10

14

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic 71

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1 EMS 112 and 113 taken in two consecutive semesters are equivalent to the one semester EMS 111 and are interchangeable for the degree. The required CPR certification is included in EMS 111 and 112. EMS 112 is a prerequisite for EMS 113.

2 EMS 120 must be taken concurrently with EMS 111 or EMS 113.

3 This course is included in the Pre-Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Career Studies Certificate.

4 PSY 230 is the recommended social/behavioral science elective.

5 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

6 EMS 111, 112, and 151 fulfill the general education requirement for personal wellness.