Purpose: This curriculum is designed to produce competent, entry-level Emergency Medical Technician–Intermediate providers, who can function either in a volunteer or career fire and rescue department capacity, and service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Intermediate/99 written and practical certification exam. As certified EMT–Intermediate/99’s, under the direction of an operational medical director, graduates can then function as Advanced Life Support providers with a rescue squad, either volunteer or career; fire and rescue department; emergency room; ambulance transport entity; local, state or federal government agency; ski patrol; humanitarian relief organization; or other EMS-related role.
Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who hold current EMS certification may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.
Admission Requirements: Prior to starting the program applicants must do the following:
• Meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
• Meet the College's general admission requirements.
• During the first semester of the program, students must qualify for English 111 or higher.
• During the first semester of the program, students must take Math placement test.
• Attend and/or watch the online version of the EMS program's information session and adhere to the prerequisite requirements therein, including the provision of
º current EMT-Basic certification
º current healthcare provider certification
º current health physical with appropriate immunizations
º drug screening
º current background check
Special Accreditation: The Northern Virginia Community College EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
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 being well suited for this challenging, yet rewarding pursuit: Virginia Office of EMS website.
Academic Requirements: Students must complete each course with a grade of “C” or better in order to continue in the EMS sequence. Should any single grade of “D” or “F” be received, that course must be repeated before continuing in the EMS course sequence. Should a student receive two such grades, he/she will be removed for one year, and strongly encouraged to join a volunteer EMS rescue squad or get more committed to EMS in some other way. The student may then return to the EMS program, repeat the courses in which a “D” or “F” was received and continue, as long as he/she passes them on second attempt. Should any course earn a “D” or “F” after a 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 is solely the responsibility of the student. Punctuality and the wearing of appropriate uniforms are musts. 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.
Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.
||Basic ECG Recognition
||ALS: Trauma Care
||ALS Internship I
||Introduction to Advanced Life Support
||ALS: Medical Care
||ALS: Special Populations
||ALS Clinical Internship II
||ALS Field Internship II
| Total credits for the Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Career Studies Certificate=27
All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA.
1 Students may substitute EMS 209 for HLT 250.
Since being a currently certified EMT–Basic is a mandatory prerequisite prior to enrollment in this program, those courses are not included.
• Courses must be taken in this sequence, and courses in each semester (except for Pharmacology) must be taken as corequisites.
• The EMS program offers all courses in both Fall and Spring Semesters, therefore program cohorts may start virtually year-round.
• A small contingent of EMS courses are also offered during the Summer term, but due to the compressed 12-week summer session, these courses do not constitute the "core" EMS curriculum, as a general rule
• Credit for prior learning is available, at no cost, for students who have earned their EMT–Basic certification.