Paramedic (EMT)

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic (EMT) Overview

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) follows the 2009 EMS Education Standards published by the US Department of Transportation and involves 555 hours of classroom and lab instruction; an extensive structured 270 hour in-hospital clinical component with experienced preceptors at various medical centers and a field internship with a high performance urban EMS agency.

Students successfully completing this program will be eligible for certification testing by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Paramedic program provides general instruction in all human body systems and advanced life support management for a wide range of conditions. Components of this course include:

  • Introduction to Paramedic
  • Pharmacology
  • Airway Management and Ventilation
  • Advanced Patient Assessment
  • Medicine
  • Trauma
  • Special Populations
  • EMS Operations

The Emergency Medical Services-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).


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EMT Training Curriculum

Program Requirements

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.

EMT Training Program Description

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.

In most communities, Paramedics provide a large portion of the out-of-hospital care and represent the highest level of out-of-hospital care. Paramedics work alongside other EMS and health care professionals as an integral part of the emergency care team. The Paramedic’s scope of practice includes basic and advanced skills focused on the acute management and transportation of the broad range of patients who require emergency medical care. This may occur at an emergency scene until transportation resources arrive, from an emergency scene to a health care facility, between health care facilities, or in other health care settings.

Applicants for employment in Emergency Medical Services must be capable of completing an employment process which may include the following:

  • Criminal History Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Psychological Screening/ Mental Health History
  • Driving Record
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Security Clearance
  • Physical Agility
  • Physical Health Evaluation
  • Military Disciplinary History
  • Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Credit History
  • Social Networking Background Investigation
  • Background Investigation
  • Panel Interviews
  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Possession of a Valid Driver's License
  • Compliance with policies regarding body art/ tattoos and piercings
  • Tobacco Free Agreement
  • Educational History

A criminal background check, 5-panel urine drug screen, employment physical, proof of PPD test or negative chest x-ray, proof of tetanus inoculation, a Hepatitis B titer, Varicella titer, proof of MMR vaccination and current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification are required.

EMS providers actively work in many healthcare venues and are required to perform physically demanding duties. Therefore, physical requirements have been outlined for this profession and include:

  • Must be able to stand and walk for 90% of the clinical time.
  • Able to perform frequent lifting, carrying, pulling, and pushing of objects weighing 50 lbs. or more; assist in lifting and carrying injured or ill patients to the ambulance and from the ambulance into the hospital; frequent pulling of the patient assisted by other EMS providers.
  • Climbing and balancing may be required to gain access to the site of emergency, (i.e., stairs, hillsides, ladders)
  • Patients are often found in locations where assessment of the patient is possible only through bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.
  • The ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, moisture and various lighting conditions.
  • Feeling required for patient assessment, administering medications and handling of advanced life support equipment, such as airway devices.
  • Frequent extension of arms to use hands and fingers to assess vital signs, feeling and touching of patient's skin to assess, handling equipment, and transporting of patient.
  • Has sufficient motor skill to be able to respond to medical emergencies and to manipulate equipment. Finger dexterity necessary to insert needles; prepare fluids and medication for administration and to operate equipment.
  • Sufficient hearing to interact with the patient, to hear instructions in a variety of situations, such as on the scene of emergency, on the highway or other high noise environments.
  • Visual acuity to operate emergency vehicles, to visually inspect the scene, to visually inspect the patient, color discrimination, to read small print on medication labels, and to administer treatment.

EMT Training Possible Career Track

Licensure and Certification

Successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Certification Examination is required to obtain Paramedic Certification.

Affiliation or Employment with a licensed EMS Agency and approval of the Agency Operational Medical Director is required to practice as a Paramedic.

Upon completion, graduates with an associate’s degree in emergency medical services can typically seek in employment with:

  • Local and Federal Fire Departments
  • Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Industrial Corporations
  • Critical Care Transport Agencies
  • Air Medical Transport Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Government Agencies
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Public and Private EMS Agencies
  • Educational Institutions

EMT Training Outcomes

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is designed 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.

The ECPI University Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services ( upon the recommendation of Division of Accreditation, Certification and Education.

Virginia Office of EMS
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is designed to provide the entry-level Paramedic with knowledge and experience which are expected to enable the graduate to:

  • Exhibit behavior consistent with the standards of professional practice
  • Adhere to the standards of professional practice within the legal, ethical and regulatory framework
  • Utilize various methods of communication to effectively interact within the healthcare system
  • Provide culturally competent care to a multicultural society
  • Demonstrate technical competence in all skills required of practice
  • Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care utilizing critical thinking and decision-making in the pre-hospital setting
  • Utilize basic team leadership skills to ensure safety, coordinate care, delegate appropriately and solve problems to facilitate positive patient outcomes
  • Demonstrate the characteristics of self-direction and accountability, which contribute to lifelong learning, both personally and within the profession

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