Sep 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Pre-Paramedic Career Studies Certificate

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CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters


The purpose of the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Health Sciences with a Pre-Paramedic specialization is to prepare students to enter the Paramedic Career Studies Certificate program with the majority of general education courses completed. A second purpose is to provide an occupational credential (EMT) for employment.

Occupational Objectives

This program is designed to prepare the student to take the national registry examination to be-come an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This program is designed to prepare the student for further education at advanced levels in EMS, as well as in academic programs at the associate and baccalaureate levels. Occupational Objectives Graduates of EMS programs are eligible to work in pre-hospital first responder positions, both volunteer and paid.

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS;
  • meet the college’s general admission requirements and enroll as a RCC college student;
  • complete all developmental coursework;
  • meet with the program head
  • complete the application process

Program Requirements

Students who are required to perform clinical rotations in cooperating healthcare agencies must be willing and able to conform to all clinical requirements of participating clinical agencies, including but not limited to: criminal background investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening; employment verifications; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (CPR certification must be the American Heart Association Certification for HealthCare Providers). Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current records throughout the program. RCC uses a third party vendor for all screenings and for maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.

First Semester

First Semester Total Credits: 12

Second Semester Total Credits: 13

Total Credits: 25

1 SDV 100  is accepted if taken prior to entering the CSC curriculum
2 NAS 150  or BIO 141  AND BIO 142  are standard course substitutions for  BIO 145
3 EMS 111  is a substitution for EMS 112 /EMS 113 
4 MTH 154  or higher

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