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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

$225.00

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 75% on the NRP test for 2015. 

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.

The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of CoAEMSP. 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

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

03.11.15

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.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 7 cr.

Prepares students for certification as a Virginia and National Registry EMT-Basic. Focuses on all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medicine Technician Basic.Prerequisite: EMS 100 or equivalent.Co-requisite: EMS 120.Lecture 5 hours.Laboratory 4 hours.Total 9 hours per week.

EMS 112 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic I 4 cr.

Prepares student for certification as a Virginia and/or National Registry EMT-Basic. Focuses on all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medicine Technician Basic.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 113 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic II 3 cr.

Continues preparation of student for certification as a Virginia and/or National Registry EMT-Basic. Includes all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician Basic. Upon successfully completing EMS 113 and EMS 120 with an overall grade average of at least 80, the student will be able to take the National Registry EMT-Basic Written and Practical Examinations.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Clinical 1 cr.

Observes in a program-approved clinical/field setting. Includes topics for both EMS 111 and EMS 113, dependent upon the program in which the student is participating and is a Co-requisite for both EMS 111 and EMS 113.Laboratory 2 hours per week

EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4 cr.

Prepares the student for Virginia Enhanced certification eligibility and begins the sequence for National Registry Intermediate and/or Paramedic certification. Includes the theory and application of the following: foundations, human systems, pharmacology, overview of shock, venous access, airway management, patient assessment, respiratory emergencies, allergic reaction, and assessment-based management. Conforms at a minimum to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum.Co-requisite: EMS 170.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2 cr.

Focuses on the interpretation of basic electrocardiograms (ECG) and their significance. Includes an overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including structure, function, and electrical conduction in the heart. Covers advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of basic dysrhythmia determination and introduction to 12 lead ECG.Prerequisites: EMS 111 and EMS 120.Co-requisites: EMS 151, EMS 157, and EMS 170.Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 155 ALS - Medical Care 4 cr.

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Includes ALS pharmacology, drug and fluid administration with emphasis on patient assessment, differential diagnosis, and management of multiple medical complaints. Includes, but not limited to, conditions relating to cardiac, diabetic, neurological, non-traumatic abdominal pain, environmental, behavioral, gynecology, and toxicological disease conditions.Prerequisites: Current EMT-B certification, EMS 151, and EMS 153.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 157 ALS - Trauma Care 3 cr.

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Utilizes techniques which will allow the student to utilize the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient.Prerequisites: Current EMT-B certification and EMS 151.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 159 ALS-Special Populations 3 cr.

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Focuses on the assessment and management of specialty patients, including obstetrical, neonates, pediatric, and geriatrics.Prerequisites: EMS 151 and EMS 153.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EMS 155.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 170 ALS Internship I 1 cr.

Begins the first in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers, and various advanced life support units.Prerequisites: EMS 151 and EMS 120.Co-requisites: EMS 151, EMS 153, and EMS 157.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 1 cr.

Continues with the second in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, and Trauma Centers.Co-requisite: EMS 151.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1 cr.

Continues with the second in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3 cr.

Prepares students for Paramedic certification at the National Registry Level by fulfilling community activism, personal wellness, resource management, ethical considerations in leadership, and research objectives in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Paramedic curriculum.Lecture 3 hours per week.

EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 cr.

Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body by systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment.Lecture 4 hours per week.

EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3 cr.

Focuses on the principles of normal and abnormal physical exam. Emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of physiological data to assist in patient assessment and management. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in laboratory environment.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology 4 cr.

Focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug administration. Includes drug legislation, techniques of medication administration, and principles of math calculations. Emphasizes drugs used to manage respiratory, cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte, and endocrine disorders and includes classification, mechanism of action, indications, contra-indications, precautions, and patient education. Incorporates principles related to substance abuse and hazardous materials. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in a laboratory environment.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 211 Operations 2 cr.

Prepares the student in the theory and application of the following: medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents, and crime scene awareness. (Conforms to the current Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for EMT-Paramedics.)Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243.Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 244, and EMS 245.Lecture 1 hour.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 3 hours per week.

EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1 cr.

Continues with the third in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers, and various advanced life support units.Prerequisites: EMS 155, EMS 159, EMS 172, and EMS 173.Co-requisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, and EMS 243.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1 cr.

Continues with the third in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.Prerequisites: EMS 155, EMS 159, EMS 172, and EMS 173.Co-requisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, and EMS 242.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1 cr.

Continues as the fourth in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, and Trauma Centers.Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243.Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 211, and EMS 245.Laboratory 3 hours per week

EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1 cr.

Continues as the fourth in a series of field experiences, providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243.Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 211, and EMS 244.Laboratory 3 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
John Kirtley EMS - Paramedic AAS jkirtley@reynolds.edu 523-5768

Common Job Titles1: EMT Intermediate (Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate); EMT, Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic); EMT/Dispatcher (Emergency Medical Technician/Dispatcher); Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Emergency Medical Technician, Basic (EMT, B); Emergency Medical Technician/Driver (EMT/DRIVER); First Responder; Flight Paramedic; Multi Care Technician (Multi Care Tech); Paramedic


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 872

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,900 - $35,900


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

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