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Programs of Study

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: To prepare students to be knowledgeable, competent, entry-level, 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 a current Virginia or National Registry EMT Certification and a valid CPR card for either the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer. 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.

The program meets the National EMS Education Standards and is approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

In compliance with the Virginia State Board of Health and 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.

Financial Requirements: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the EMS program requires the items listed below. The costs listed are subject to change. 

Textbooks, Workbook, and Certification Fees (CPR, ACLS, PHTLS, EPC, and   AMLS)

$830.00

Background Check and Drug Testing

  $81.00

FISDAP Scheduler and Final Exams

$115.00

Uniforms (boots,   belt, pants, two Reynolds EMS program shirts)

$178.00

Testing Fees:

    ODEMSA

    National Registry Paramedic Cognitive Examination

 

$250.00

 $110.00

Medical Check Up

varies according to student’s doctor fees

 

To determine current tuition and fees, visit www.reynolds.edu/pay_for_college/tuition.aspx or call the School of Nursing and Allied Health office at (804)523-5375.  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 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.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM: To continue in the program, students must achieve a minimum course grade of “B” (80) in each EMS course with the exception of EMS 205, which requires a minimum grade of “C” (70).

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.

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS - PARAMEDIC (NRP) TEST PASS RATES:  Reynolds EMS - Paramedic AAS students achieved a pass rate of 72% on the NRP test for 2011, 2012, and 2013. 

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 1111,2,5
or 
EMS 112
1,5 
and 
EMS 113
1,5

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 141

Human Anatomy  and Physiology I

3

3

4

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

TOTAL

9

9

13

EMS 1515

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 111

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 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

10

15

BIO 142

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

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

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

4 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.

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