Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program prepares students to become Emergency Medical Technicians at the entry level. This is a one semester program that offers several scheduling options for students.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Certified Emergency Medical Technician

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, students must have a current CPR card from either the American Heart Association-BLS Provider or the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer prior to the start of the first day of class. Students without a current CPR card must complete EMS 100 - CPR for Healthcare Providers or HLT 105 - CPR prior to the start of EMS classes. EMS 100 will be offered the weekend prior to the first day of class for EMS 111. Students desiring to further their emergency medical training and capabilities should consider the Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science degree after completing this career studies certificate. All potential EMS students are encouraged to meet with the EMS Program Coordinator prior to the start of each semester.

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

CPR Textbook/CPR Mask Fee

Textbook/Online Access Fees


$75.00 - $374.00

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

$126.00 - $140.00

FISDAP/Platinum Planner Scheduler


Uniforms (Boots, Belt, Pants, Reynolds EMS Program Shirt)

$100.00 - $150.00

Testing Fees:

ODEMSA (Psychomotor)

National Registry Paramedic Cognitive Examination (Initial)


(Waived) $80.00

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 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. This information can also be found on the college bookstore website.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM: Student must successfully achieve a course grade of at least "B" (80) in each EMS course. State EMT Certification is a requirement for continuation into the Paramedic program.

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






SDV 1011

Orientation to Health Science



ITE 1152

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts



BIO 1453

Human Anatomy and Physiology



EMS 1004,6

CPR for Healthcare Providers



EMS 1115,6 Emergency Medical Technician 7


EMS 1205,6

Emergency Medical Technician Clinical 1


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1 SDV 100 may be substituted for SDV 101.

2 CSC 155 may be substituted for ITE 115.

3 Taking both BIO 141 and BIO 142 are approved substitutes for BIO 145.

4 EMS 100 is a prerequisite for EMS 111. This is a 2-day course offered 1-2 weeks prior to the start of EMS 111. Additional fees may apply for this course.

5 EMS 120 is a co-requisite to EMS 111.

6Minimum courses required for EMT certification only.

ALL students are strongly encouraged to meet with EMS Program Coordinator for more detailed information regarding curriculum and additional program requirements prior to enrolling.

Name Program Email Phone
Rogger James EMS-EMT CSC 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.