2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook

Emergency Medical Services, Paramedic, AAS

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PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students for a job as a paramedic.  This degree is offered at the Chester Campus. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders.

CREDENTIALS: An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a major in a career-technical area that takes two years for full-time students to complete.  Although the purpose of an AAS degree is to gain skills for employment, some transfer institutions may accept some or all of the courses from an AAS major. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a certified Paramedic. As students complete coursework in the AAS Paramedic degree, students become eligible for testing at the EMT and Advanced-EMT levels. Students must complete all the EMS and general education courses to be eligible to sit for the Paramedic exam.

TRANSFER INFORMATION: This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. More information can also be found at www.jtcc.edu/academics/transfer/

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: 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 to discuss course placement 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. EMT Certification is required in order to begin Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses.


The John Tyler Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992


Required Courses

Total Minimum Credit to Complete: 65-67


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report by accessing the Student Information System (SIS) through the myTyler portal.

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

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

EMT 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.

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

Students 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 .

The PHI 220  requirement may be satisfied by completing another 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge, with program director or dean approval.

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

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

Additional Resource: EMS Application Packet

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