2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 20, 2019  
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services, Paramedic, AAS

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PURPOSE: 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.

By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Perform a comprehensive advanced assessment, physical exam, and appropriate management of a medical patient.
  2. Apply all psychomotor skills within the scope of practice of a paramedic.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the affective domain in both complex simulations and through internship experiences.
  4. Integrate and apply comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into treatment plans for a variety of complex medical, trauma and behavioral conditions while leading a prehospital care team.
  5. Show an ability to practice personal safety and crew resource management to prevent injury to patients, practitioners, and bystanders.
  6. Use advanced treatments for cardiac, neurological, and trauma patients, following national standards.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. 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


Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Required Courses

Total Minimum Credit to Complete: 67-69


1EMS 120  must be taken concurrently with EMS 111  or EMS 113 .

2Students must pass cognitive and practical capstone assessments to obtain eligibility to test for all certification levels.

3EMT 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.

4Students who have completed EMS 155 will receive credit for EMS 152  and EMS 154 

5Students 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 .

6This requirement may be satisfied by completing another 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge, with program director or dean approval.

7Students transferring with AEMT or Intermediate Credentials will be required to take EMS 213  to satisfy NREMT Portfolio Requirements.

8Students must complete all the EMS and general education courses to be eligible to sit for the Paramedic exam.

Additional Resource: EMS Application Packet

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences: 804-706-5084 (Chester) or 804-594-1500 (Midlothian).

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