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 / PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels. Successful performance in this program qualifies the student to take the Paramedic exam.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the general college curriculum admissions requirements, the student must have a current Virginia EMT Certification and a valid CPR card for either the American Heart Association-BLS Provider or the American Red Cross -Professional Rescuer. BIO 145 Human Anatomy & Physiology is a pre-requisite to enroll in the Paramedic Program starting Fall 2022. Successful completion of BIO 145 requires a minimum grade of "C" (70-79) under the Biology department's grading scale.

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 Paramedic courses with an EMS prefix must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment into the program. Students younger than 18 are eligible to enroll in EMS 100, EMS 111 & EMS 120 if not already an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Students may enroll in non-EMS prefix courses.

A new Paramedic Cohort will start every fall semester unless otherwise noted. Students must meet with the EMS Program Coordinator for additional advising and enrollment into the Paramedic program. Course enrollment permission is required. The average length of this program is two years (5 semesters) that will meet once a week (day) or twice weekly (night) with an anticipated spring graduation. All students must possess VA EMT Certification to enroll in a fall Paramedic Cohort.

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

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


Castlebranch Registration, Compliance Tracker (Immunization Records, Background Check and Drug Testing)


FISDAP/Platinum Scheduler and Final Exams

Platinum Planner & EMS testing



Uniforms (Boots, Belt, Pants, Two Reynolds EMS Program Shirts)


Testing Fees:

National Registry Paramedic Cognitive Examination (Written)


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 Health Professions 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 - Paramedic AAS degree program. Students entering this program must have the ability to, but not limited 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.

Please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/instructor-forms/ for a complete list of BLS and ALS Functional Job Descriptions.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM: To continue in the program, students must achieve a minimum course grade of "B" (80) in each EMS course. Students must maintain EMT and CPR certification during the entirety of the program.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the health care 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 health care 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.

CLINICAL CONTRACTS: Individual contracts are in effect with each affiliate clinical & EMS agency, and these contracts differ in requirements for students. In general, contracts include the following:

  1. Field/Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time. Student must wear the proper uniform, conforming to program and health care agency standards.
  2. Student must follow published hospital & EMS policies.
  3. Students must meet health, immunity, and immunization requirements specified by the affiliated clinical & EMS facility. Failure to comply with these requirements will prevent the student from meeting specific course learning outcomes required for program progression.
  4. Student releases the facility, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to self or damage to personal property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of the facility. (Assessment of Risk document is signed and on file, once the student is accepted into the program.)
  5. Student is financially responsible for any medical care required while in the clinical setting.
  6. Student must have a current American Heart Association CPR BLS for Health Care Provider Certification.
  7. Demonstration of professional behavior is expected at all clinical & field learning experiences. Clinical & EMS faculty will direct a student to leave the learning environment if unacceptable behaviors are observed.
  8. The health care agency may deny a student participation based on results of background and drug screen.
  9. Student must submit required field/clinical documents after each rotation. A student who does not meet published deadlines for submission forfeits his/her continued enrollment in the program.

PARAMEDIC PROGRAM OUTCOMES: CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020. There were no graduating cohorts during the 2020 calendar year, therefore there is no data to report. For the 2019 calendar year, success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 88.5%, and positive placement rate for graduates was 80.6%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as "Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military". Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. The most recent retention rate was 73.8%. The direct link to published results are located at https://www.caahep.org/Students/Find-a-Program.aspx.


Reynolds Community College paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The program meets the National EMS Education Standards and is approved and accredited by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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SDV 1011

Orientation to Health Science



ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts



EMS 100

CPR for Healthcare Providers



EMS 1113,4

Emergency Medical Technician



EMS 1203,6

Emergency Medical Technician Clinical



BIO 1455

Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology



EMS 1216 Preparatory Foundations 2


EMS 1237 EMS Clinical Preparation 1


EMS 1257 Basic Pharmacology 1


EMS 1267 Basic Pharmacology Lab 1


EMS 1277 Airway, Shock and Resuscitation 1


EMS 128 Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab 1


ENG 111

English Composition I



EMS 1418

Cardiovascular Care



EMS 1428

Cardiovascular Care Lab



EMS 1659

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)



EMS 1358

Emergency Medical Care



EMS 136

Emergency Medical Care Lab



EMS 137 Trauma Care 1


EMS 1756 Paramedic Clinical Experience I 1


EMS 16410 Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 1


EMS 138 Trauma Care Lab 1


EMS 202 Paramedic Pharmacology 2


EMS 210 EMS Operations 1


EMS 2476

Paramedic Clinical Experience II



PSY 230

Developmental Psychology



EMS 139

Special Populations



EMS 140

Special Populations Lab



EMS 16311

Prehospital Trauma Life Support



EMS 206

Pathophysiology for Health Professions



EMS 2486 Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience 2


EMS 21212 Leadership and Professional Development 1


EMS 16713 Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) 2


EMS 203 Advanced Patient Care 2


EMS 204 Advanced Patient Care Lab 1


EMS 216 Paramedic Review 1


EMS 2496

Paramedic Capstone Internship



PHI 220




Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic Associate of Applied Science 65


1 SDV 100 may be substituted for SDV 101.

2 CSC 155 may be substituted for ITE 115.

3 AHA-BLS Certification or ARC- Professional Rescuer Certification only. Other provider certifications are not accepted. Certification must be current through entirety of EMS Program. Course is provided 1-2 weeks prior to start of semester for EMS 112 and other EMS courses if needed. Additional fees do apply for this course. Program-declared students possessing a current AHA/ARC Certification will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

4 EMS 111(EMT I and II) is equivalent to EMS 112 and EMS 113. Additional fees may apply, ie, uniform, PPD, Background-Castlebranch. Program-declared students possessing a current VA EMT and/or NREMT Certification will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

5 Taking both BIO 141 and BIO 142 are approved substitutes for BIO 145. Please note that students who complete BIO 141 and BIO 142 are exempt from completing one of the General Education electives (3 credits).

6 Students must meet requirements of Clinical Agreement prior to start of Internship/Lab (Castlebranch) if not previously met. Additional fees will apply. Students not concurrently enrolled in an EMS course/curriculum will need to repeat Castlebranch screening process. Program-declared students possessing a current VA EMT and/or NREMT Certification will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

7 Program-declared students possessing a current VA EMT-Intermediate Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge for EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127.

8 Program-declared students possessing a current VA EMT-Intermediate Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge for EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 165, EMS 135, EMS 163, EMS 164.

9 Program-declared students possessing a current ACLS Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

10 Program-declared students possessing a current AMLS Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

11 Program-declared students possessing a current PHTLS Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

12 Program-declared students possessing a current VA EMT-Intermediate Certification through end of program will be granted credit by prior knowledge for EMS 212.

13 Program-declared students possessing a current EPC Certification through end of program-program will be granted credit by prior knowledge.

Name Program Email Phone
Rogger James Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic AAS RJames@reynolds.edu 804/523-5768

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 Employment (2029): 918

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $24,300 - $41,400

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.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.