EMS Program Information

Students working with lab equipment

NOVA's EMS Program is Open for Business.

We are the oldest accredited Paramedic program in the state and one of the oldest in the country, and will continue to provide high-quality EMS education for decades to come.

We continue to offer the same National/State certification levels of education that we have always offered (EMT/Paramedic). These credentialing/certification offerings should not be confused with the Career Studies Certificates (CSCs) that are issued by the college (not NREMT or Va. OEMS), which we chose to eliminate secondary to a lack of regional demand. Additionally, the Intermediate level of certification is being eliminated throughout the country by the National Registry of EMTs.

We will continue to offer:

  • EMT and Paramedic (advanced placement)
  • A.A.S. in EMS (Paramedic)
  • Current Paramedic to Degree options

We program place all of our students into our EMS A.A.S. program and highly recommend that you complete this, but this does not eliminate your ability to step out after fulfilling your desired level (i.e., EMT certification).

Information Session

The first step to beginning EMS career training at NOVA/MEC is to obtain the mandatory Information Session from the EMS Program Office.

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

EMS Information Sessions
Date Time Location
Tuesday, February 20, 2024  6:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 6:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253
Thursday, April 25, 2024 6:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253
Monday, May 13, 2024 2:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 6:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253
Monday, July 15, 2024 6:00 p.m. In-person: HE-253

If you cannot attend an in-person session, please contact the EMS program office at novaems@nvcc.edu or 703.822.6639 to have this information emailed to you.

You are required to include the code provided during the session on your MEC Program Application as proof of completion.

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit Advising & Counseling.

Phone: 703.822.6639, Medical Education Campus, Room 140

Minimum Expectations

Following goal(s) defining minimum Expectations:

  • To prepare 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 Responder Levels.
  • State OEMS BLS Accreditation
    The Northern Virginia Community College EMS program is accredited to offer EMT education by the Virginia Department of Health   Office of Emergency Medical Services upon the recommendation of the Division of Accreditation, Certification and Education.
  • Paramedic Program Outcomes
    CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
    • The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.
    • The following are our reported percentages:
      • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 80%.
      • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 82.6%.
        • Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as 'Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military.
        • Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program.
      • The most recent retention rate was 79.3%

EMS Lab Guidelines

The mission of the Emergency Medical Services Lab (EMSL) is to provide students in the emergency services field with the tools and equipment necessary to become successful in their learning experience.

EMSL students are given the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of hands-on training. There is no guarantee that every student will experience all that is taught during clinical rotations. One of the benefits of incorporating simulated experiences is it allows students to hone many of the skills required in practice prior to actually coming in contact with the patient.

The following guidelines are being made to ensure all persons understand their   rights,   roles   and   responsibilities   while working in   Room 174, the Emergency Training Laboratory.


  • Shall be   accompanied by a faculty/staff member   while in the lab and storage rooms.
  • Are   not allowed   to remove/check out any equipment from the EMS inventory.

Faculty/Staff Personnel

  • Shall have   full discretion   as to whether to allow food/drinks during their classes.
  • Are required (   Section 12.80 Administrative Services Procedures Manual) to complete and forward all requests to borrow school equipment through the lab manager.   Requests shall be no less than 48 hours notice from the date requested.
  • Faculty/Staff offices, including personal workstations, should not be used without express permission of those individuals.
  • Only trained faculty/staff are allowed to operate simulators, computers and equipment.
  • Lead faculty/staff are   responsible   for ensuring all classroom doors are   secured   at the end of each class session.
  • Lead faculty/staff are   responsible   for ensuring all their   assigned lab equipment   is returned to its original location at the end of each class.


  • Damaged or lost equipment will be reported to the lab manager via email or in person by the end of the work day.
  • All assigned equipment and corresponding pieces shall be   wiped down,   washed   and/or   secured  in their proper working order for future use by others.


  • Personal items left in the classroom will be turned in to lost and found at the end of the following week.
  • All items in the refrigerator will be   removed   every   Friday   for cleaning. Condiments must be dated when they were placed in the refrigerator to remain in the refrigerator.
  • Cover the food you cook in the microwave.
  • The coffee pot, filter and table must be cleaned after each class use.
  • All tables and chairs shall be put back in their original position at the end of each class session.