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

Pre-Paramedic Career Studies Certificate (G3 Eligible)

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CIP Code: 51.0904
Length: 2 Semesters

G3 Tuition Assistance


The purpose of the Career Studies Certificate (CSC) Pre-Paramedic is to prepare students to enter the Advanced EMT program, the Paramedic I and II career studies certificate programs, and/or a Paramedic AAS degree program with all general education courses completed as required by the VCCS EMS common curriculum. A second purpose is to provide an occupational credential for employment while students earn other levels of EMS certifications or while in other health sciences programs. 

Occupational Objectives

The program prepares the student to take the national registry examination to become a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). Additionally, the program prepares the student for further education at advanced levels in EMS, as well as in academic programs at the associate and baccalaureate levels.

Admission Requirements

Prior to beginning program courses, applicants must:

  • meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS;
  • 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 application process

Gainful Employment:

Graduates of EMS programs are eligible to work in pre-hospital first responder positions, both volunteer and paid.

  • Gainful Employment Data

Admission Requirements: 

Students must meet the general admission requirements of the college, including all admission testing. Admission to the Pre-Paramedic CSC is contingent upon successful completion of all developmental course work.

Prior to entering the EMS courses (EMS 111, EMS 120), students will:

  • Make an appointment with the EMS Program Head in the semester preceding the start of the EMS cohort

  • Complete the application to the EMT program in the semester preceding the start of the EMS cohort

  • Accept the decision of the admission committee.  If admitted, will accept the seat by email to the program head

Program Requirements

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 details to purchase this service, including deadlines for completion.


Note:  Courses in the Pre-Paramedic CSC may be taken in any sequence except EMS 111  and EMS 120 , which must be co-enrolled at the same time.  In certain circumstances, EMS 120  may follow EMS 111 

Total Credits: 26

1 SDV 100  is accepted if taken prior to entering the CSC curriculum.
2 BIO 141  and BIO 142  or BIO 231  and BIO 232  are standard course substitutions for BIO 145 .
3  PHI 227  may be substituted.
Any valid and current CPR for Healthcare Providers with AED (AHA or Red Cross) may be presented to A&R to receive credit for prior learning.  Must remain current throughout the EMS courses.
EMS 112  and EMS 113  may be substituted for EMS 111 .  
Course options for SOC 200  include ENG 112 , CST 110 , and PSY 200 

*NOTE: A valid, current, and unencumbered certification as NREMT or Virginia EMT may be presented to A&R to receive credit for prior learning. 

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