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2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Career Studies Certificate (G3 Eligible)

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CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters

G3 Tuition Assistance


The purpose of this program is to provide specific advanced life support skills in the next level of training within the Virginia EMS infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing, resulting in National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state, and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.


Goals At the completion of the program the graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relevant to their roles as Advanced EMT;
  • technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of Advanced EMT; and
  • personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for an Advanced EMT.

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) to include a high school diploma or GED and aged 18 by the first day of class;
  • meet the college’s general admission requirements and enroll as an RCC college student;
  • complete all developmental coursework;
  • meet with the program head; and,
  • complete the program application.


The Advanced EMT program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health, OEMS, and Division of Educational Development.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements

An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the OEMS for a more detailed functional job description

Academic Requirements

Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses and general education support courses, as well as maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in the program. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” in a curricular course will be placed on academic probation for the program. The course may be repeated once, with a written contract containing the requirements of the remediation. Repeated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program may result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements and supervised student experience are required by the program and will be accomplished at selected regional healthcare facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate student suitability for the profession across all domains of learning. If students do not exhibit the documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, they may be asked to withdraw from the program. All EMS students must comply with healthcare agency requirements for criminal background checks, drug testing, CPR certification, and immunizations.

Other Requirements

Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or Licensed Nurse Practitioner attesting to the applicant’s general health and ability to perform the activities of the program. Students who are required to perform clinical rotations in cooperating healthcare agencies must be willing and able to conform to all clinical requirements of participating clinical agencies, including but not limited to: criminal background investigation; drug screening; immunizations including seasonal influenza vaccines; Tuberculosis screening; employment verifications; and, successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (CPR certification must be the American Heart Association Basic Life Support or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Providers). Students are responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current records throughout the program. RCC uses a third-party vendor, for all screenings and for maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion. The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.


First Semester Total Credits: 9

Second Semester Total Credits: 8

Total Minimum Credits: 17

*Valid CPR card may be presented in lieu of class.
1 EMS 112  and EMS 113  may be substituted.
Note: Students who did not complete a VCCS EMT program, but who are certified/licensed, may apply for advanced standing credit by presenting to Admissions and Records an unencumbered Virginia or National certificate/license

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