Emergency Medical Services

EMS instructor and students in ambulance simulator


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.

EMTs & Paramedics

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

Program Resources

Accreditation Status

The Blue Ridge Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992