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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Career Studies Certificate MEC

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to produce competent, entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) providers, who can function either in a volunteer or career fire and rescue department capacity, and service the community with basic life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for the Virginia Office of EMS written and practical certification exam. As certified EMT-B’s, under the direction of an operational medical director, they can then function with a rescue squad, fire and rescue department, emergency room, local, state or federal government agencies, ski patrol, humanitarian relief organizations, or other EMS-related roles.

Admission Requirements: 

Prior to starting the program students must:

  • Meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Meet the College’s general admission requirements.
  • Attend and/or watch the online version of the EMS program’s Information Session and adhere to the prerequisite requirements therein.
  • Accreditation: The EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

    Physical Requirements: An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Virginia Office of EMS website for a more detailed functional job description, to ensure you are well suited for this challenging, yet rewarding pursuit.

    Academic Requirements: Students must complete each course with a grade of "C" or better in each course in order to continue in the EMS sequence. Should any single failing grade (D or F) be received, that course must be repeated before continuing in the EMS course sequence. Should a student receive two failing grades, they will be removed for one year, and strongly encouraged to join a volunteer EMS rescue squad or get more invested in EMS in some other way. The student may then return to the EMS program, repeat the failed courses and continue, presuming the pass them on second attempt. Should any failed course be failed under second attempt, the student will be removed permanently from the EMS program and counseled toward another Allied Health career.

    Clinical and Behavioral Requirements: Clinical and internship courses are a critical component in any medical program, but the practice of medicine requires the strictest of safe and appropriate behaviors, when dealing with actual sick and injured patients. Students are always supervised by trained and certified professionals, and there is zero tolerance for inappropriate and/or unsafe actions or behaviors. Transportation to and from the multiple clinical and internship sites are solely the responsibility of the student and punctuality and wearing of appropriate uniforms is a must. Essential documentation of all patient care is also a critical element of each clinical and internship course, and grades in each course will be strongly based on each of these components.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic 7
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic Clinical 1
NAS 150 Human Biology 4
Total   12
Total credits for the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Career Studies Certificate=12

Special Notes:

  • EMS 111 and EMS 120 are mandatory co-requisites. EMS 120 is generally held the 2nd 8 weeks of the 16-week term in which EMS 111 is held.
  • EMS 120 consists of 12 hours Emergency Department observation, and 12 hours ambulance ride-along.
  • The EMS program offers 8 – 10 sections of EMT-Basic yearly, as a year-round course offering.
  • Approximately 25% of EMT-Basic students continue immediately in EMT-Intermediate classes.
  • Approximately another 25-35% continues into pre-requisite for Advanced Life Support programs or other NOVA classes after completing EMT-Basic.