CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters
G3 Tuition Assistance
To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
To provide the foundation for the EMT-Paramedic role. Upon completion of Paramedic I CSC, the student is eligible to advance to the Paramedic II curriculum and complete the requirements for Paramedic licensure. Students who do not have the AEMT certification will be able to test in this curriculum after midterm in the 2nd semester once all requirements for AEMT have been met. At that time, the continuing student will be officially placed in the college’s Paramedic Program.
At the completion of the program, the graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relevant to the role of the beginning Paramedic student;
- technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the beginning Paramedic student; and
- personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for beginning Paramedic students.
Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:
- meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS to include a high school diploma or GED and aged 18 by the first day of class;
- meet the college’s general admission requirements and enroll as an RCC college student;
- complete all developmental coursework;
- meet with the program head;
- complete the program application;
- certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); and,
- maintain CPR certification throughout the program.
An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services website for a more detailed functional job description.
Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses and general education support courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in the program. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” in a curricular course will be placed on academic probation for the program. The course may be repeated once, with a written contract containing the requirements of the remediation. Repeated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program may result if the student does not fulfill the contract’s requirements and is not successful in any course with a grade of “C” or better.
Clinical and Behavioral Requirements and supervised student experiences are required by the program and will be accomplished at selected regional healthcare facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as for any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate student suitability for the profession across all domains of learning. If students do not exhibit the documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, they may be asked to withdraw from the program. All EMS students must comply with healthcare agency requirements for criminal background checks, drug testing, CPR certification, and immunizations.
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or Licensed Nurse Practitioner attesting to the applicant’s general health and ability to perform the program’s activities.
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 the maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all the details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.
The purchase of items such as uniforms, medical liability insurance, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.