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Emergency Medical Services

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Information Session Online

Important Note: Applicants may attend an in-person or the online Information Session for this program. You are required to include the code provided during the online or in-person session on your application as proof of completion.

In-person Sessions
Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202. Students may also register for a MEC Exchange Virtual Advising Workshop.

Phone: 703.822.6639, Medical Education Campus, Room 173


About the Emergency Medical Services Program

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel are usually the first health care professionals on the scene of an accident or called to assist someone with a sudden, serious illness. It is their job to provide immediate care to the ill and injured.

EMS personnel generally work outside of the hospital. They respond to traffic and industrial accidents and other emergencies. They treat patients with a wide variety of problems. EMS professionals must think quickly and clearly. They often make independent decisions that can mean life or death for the patient. Employment and volunteer opportunities are available with rescue squads, fire departments, emergency rooms and private industry. There are different levels of training and practice. Job function and salary depend on the credential obtained.

For registration and information on ACLS, PALS, BTLS & PED-BTLS courses only, please contact the Medical Education Campus Continuing Education Department at 703.822.6523.