Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) respond to emergency calls, perform services under medical supervision, and transport patients to medical facilities.

Graduates of the EMS programs at BRCC are eligible for testing through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), which is mandatory for Virginia certification.  Students may test at the EMT, AEMT (Advanced Emergency Medical Technician) and Paramedic levels after meeting program requirements for that level.  Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S) in Emergency Medical Services are eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic cognitive and psychomotor examination.

EMS Careers

Program Overview

This program offers three stackable levels of certification as well as an Associates of Applied Science in EMS.  The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is designed to produce high-quality, entry-level paramedics who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (NEMSES).

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • be 18 years of age before enrolling in any courses with an EMS prefix
  • have a current Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (VAOEMS) approved CPR provider/instructor card
  • be certified through VAOEMS or NREMT at the EMT level for all advanced life support courses

Clinical Education

BRCC offers this academic program through partnerships with local healthcare agencies and community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for students.

Program Options

  • Emergency Medical Services Associate in Applied Science - A.A.S.
  • Paramedic Certificate - pending approval
  • Emergency Medical Technician Career Studies Certificate
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Career Studies Certificate

Program Resources