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

EMS - Paramedic II Career Studies Certificate (G3 Eligible)

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CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters

G3 Tuition Assistance


The Paramedic II CSC is the second component of the Paramedic program (Year 2). All continuing or advanced standing students will be placed as Paramedic students. Entry into this level of the Paramedic program requires successful completion of all Paramedic I (Year 1) CSC courses and clinical experiences. Upon successful completion of the 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:

  • be High School graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) completion with verification on file in Admissions and Records (A&R)
  • have CPR certification (AHA or Red Cross professional level must remain current throughout the program.)
  • be current RCC Students continuing through to Paramedic II must have completed all course requirements for Paramedic I;
  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS;
  • meet the college’s general admission requirements;
  • complete all developmental coursework;
  • meet with the program head;
  • have a completed Paramedic I application on file.

Currently, certified Virginia EMT-Intermediates must present current unencumbered credentials upon application to the program.

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. Form TR-14A

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 fulfill the requirements of the contract 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 health care 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 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 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 for 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, liability insurance, and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student.



NoteBIO 141 /BIO 142  or BIO 145  must be completed prior to entering the Paramedic II curriculum. 

Fall Semester Total Credits: 12

Spring Semester Total Credits: 9

Total Minimal Credits: 21

“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 (21 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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