May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook

EMS - Paramedic I Career Studies Certificate (G3 Eligible)

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CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters

G3 Tuition Assistance


To provide the foundation for the EMT-Paramedic role. Upon completion of Paramedic I CSC, the student is eligible to advance to the Paramedic II curriculum and complete the requirements for Paramedic licensure.  Students who do not have the AEMT certification will be able to test in this curriculum after midterm in the 2nd semester once all requirements for AEMT have been met. At that time, the continuing student will be officially placed in the college’s Paramedic Program.

Paramedic I CSC is the first component of the Paramedic program (Year 1).  Successful completion of all Paramedic I CSC courses and clinical experiences is required for a student to be eligible to enroll in the Paramedic II CSC. Upon successful completion of the Paramedic I and Paramedic II curriculum, the learner will be eligible for National Registry testing. 

Program Goals

To prepare competent 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 Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS 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;
  • complete the program application;
  • certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); and,
  • maintain CPR certification throughout the program.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements

An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services website 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 and 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 fulfill the contract’s requirements and is not successful in any course with a grade of “C” or better.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements and supervised student experiences 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 for 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 program’s activities.

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 Certification for 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 the maintenance of documents. Your instructor will provide you with all the details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, medical liability insurance, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.


NOTE: Students must submit current EMT certification prior to entering the Paramedic I curriculum.  CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. 

Advanced Standing credit is available for students who have current certification at the Advanced-EMT level.

Total Minimum Credits: 22 (23)

*Students who are not certified at the ALS level will take this course. 

1BIO 141  and BIO 142  may be substituted for BIO 145 BIO 145  may be taken in the summer between Paramedic I and Paramedic II courses. 
“The Rappahannock 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 CAAHEP
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709. 

To Contact COAEMSP
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312; Rowlett TX 75088, (214) 703-8445, FAX (214) 703-8992,

The following data is for 2022

NREMT/State Written Exam: 100%
Retention: 83.3%
Positive (Job) Placement: 100%

Student Estimated Costs



Tuition and Fees (23 minimum credits X $160.65)


Program Shirt (Good for both years I and II)


Books, FISDAP Scheduler/Skills Tracker, and Test Package (Good for both years 1 and 2)


Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screens/Document Tracker (Update while in the program)


Malpractice Insurance (Annual)


Medical (Required at program entry)


National Registry Certification Testing (After successful completion)


Travel to Clinical Agencies


Total Estimated Costs



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