CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters
G3 Tuition Assistance
The purpose of the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) Pre-Paramedic is to prepare students to enter the Advanced EMT program, the Paramedic I and II career studies certificate programs, and/or a Paramedic AAS degree program with all general education courses completed as required by the VCCS EMS common curriculum. A second purpose is to provide an occupational credential for employment while students earn other levels of EMS certifications or while in other health sciences programs.
The program prepares the student to take the national registry examination to become a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). Additionally, the program prepares the student for further education at advanced levels in EMS, as well as in academic programs at the associate and baccalaureate levels.
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 an RCC college student;
- complete all developmental coursework;
- meet with the program head
- complete the application process
Graduates of EMS programs are eligible to work in pre-hospital first responder positions, both volunteer and paid.
Students must meet the general admission requirements of the college, including all admission testing. Admission to the Pre-Paramedic CSC is contingent upon successful completion of all developmental course work.
Prior to entering the EMS courses (EMS 111, EMS 120), students will:
• Make an appointment with the EMS Program Head in the semester preceding the start of the EMS cohort
• Complete the application to the EMT program in the semester preceding the start of the EMS cohort
• Accept the decision of the admission committee. If admitted, will accept the seat by email to the program head
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 (www.castlebranch.com) for all screenings and for the maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.