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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic AAS

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

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Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Paramedics who can service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for Paramedics are available with ambulance, aeromedical, fire and rescue services hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies and humanitarian relief organizations.

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information. To be eligible to begin taking EMS courses, students are required to have transcripts of previous high school and college courses sent to John Tyler Community College, and apply for admission to the program. Per Virginia OEMS Regulation students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the beginning of any ALS certification program and hold, at a minimum, a high school or general equivalency diploma.


Special Accreditation Status

The John Tyler Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Co-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician – Basic 7 See Placement Requirements; EMS 100 or CPR Certification EMS 120 EMS 112 and EMS 113
EMS 120 Emergency medical Technician – Basic Clinical * 1 See Placement Requirements; EMS 112 or Co-Requisites EMS 111 or EMS 113 See Note 1
Eligible to Test for EMT Certification (REQUIRED before taking EMS 151 and higher, and must be maintained throughout the program – See Note 2)
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences 1     SDV 100
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4   EMS 170 See Note 3
EMS 152 Advanced medical Care 2 Current EMT Certification; EMS 151 EMS 151 See Note 4
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 1      
Eligible to Test for Advanced EMT Certification –See Note 2
HLT 143 Medical Terminology 3     HIM 111
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2 EMS 111 and EMS 120 EMS 151 and EMS 170  
EMS 154 ALS Cardiac Care 2 EMS 153   See Note 4
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care 3 EMT-B Certification and EMS 151    
EMS 159 ALS Special Populations 3 EMS 151 and EMS 153, EMS 154    
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 1 EMT-B Certification EMS 170  
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1 EMT-B Certification, EMS 170 and EMS 172    
Approved Electives (choose 1):
BIO 141 Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 112 English Composition II
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
PSY 116 Psychology of Death and Dying
3-4     See Note 5
BIO 145 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Sciences 4     BIO 141 AND BIO 142, See Note 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements    
PHI 220 Ethics 3     CST 100, REL 230, See Note 6
PSY 230 Development Psychology 3      
EMS 213 ALS Skills Development 0-1     See Note 5
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3 EMT-B Certification    
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 EMT-B Certification , BIO 145, HLT 143    
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment 3 EMT Certification    
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1 EMS 159, EMS 172 and EMS 173 EMS 201, EMS 207 and EMS 243  
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1 EMS 159, EMS 172 and EMS 173 EMS 201, EMS 207 and EMS 242  
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology 4 EMT Certification; EMS 151, EMS 205, EMS 207, BIO 145    
EMS 211 Operations 2 EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243 EMS 209, EMS 244 and EMS 245  
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1 EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242 and EMS 243 EMS 209, EMS 211 and EMS 245  
EMS 245 ALS Clinical Internship V 1 EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242 and EMS 243 EMS 209, EMS 211 and EMS 244  
Eligible to Test for Paramedic Certification - See Notes 2 and 8
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 67-69  


  1. EMS 120 must be taken concurrently with EMS 111 or EMS 113.
  2. Students must pass cognitive and practical capstone assessments to obtain eligibility to test for all certification levels.
  3. EMT Certification is required in order to begin ALS courses. Students must earn a "C" or better for Anatomy and Physiology and all EMS coursework for eligibility to test for State and/or National Certification.
  4. Students who have completed EMS 155 will receive credit for EMS 152 and 154
  5. Students must complete either BIO 145 or BIO 141 AND BIO 142. Students who complete BIO 141 for this elective must complete BIO 142 instead of BIO 145. Students will not receive credit for BIO 145 and BIO 141 or BIO 142.
  6. This requirement may be satisfied by completing another 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge, with program director or dean approval.
  7. Students transferring with AEMT or Intermediate Credentials will be required to take EMS 213 to satisfy NREMT Portfolio Requirements.
  8. Students must complete all the EMS and general education courses to be eligible to sit for the Paramedic exam.

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