healthcare

Emergency Medical Services

Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
Emergency Medical Services (146)
2 Years (5 Full-Time Semesters)

The EMS Program prepares the student to perform as an entry-level Advanced Life Support (ALS) pre-hospital provider.

Topics covered include; Medical/Legal issues, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Patient Assessment and treatment strategies for medical and trauma patients.

Upon successful completion of applicable course work the student will be eligible to take the appropriate certification exam for that provider level (i.e. Advanced EMT, Paramedic). The classroom, lab, clinical and field rotations require a serious commitment of time and effort on the part of the student.

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Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition rates for this program are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. Compare savings now!

An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Lord Fairfax Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.  

Payment plans are offered to break down tuition payments.

View all financial aid, payment options, and more HERE.

Admission Requirements and Applications

The EMS Program is open to men and women who provide evidence of interest, motivation and aptitude in the area of pre-hospital health care. Students are selected on the basis of established criteria and without regard to age, race, creed, sex, or national origin.

Lord Fairfax Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.

All students must satisfy the admission requirements listed for each program. Applications are not complete until all required documents are received. The deadline for completed applications is due at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

EMT Admission Requirements

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age at the beginning date of the EMT course. If you are less than 18 years of age, you must provide your instructor with a completed parental permission form with the signature of a parent or guardian verifying approval for enrollment in the course;
  • Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services document Prerequisites for EMS training Programs, Criminal Historyand Standards of Conduct.
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Satisfy admission requirements for LFCC.
  • No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  • To complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months with proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and TB Skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  • LFCC placement tests (if required*) and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must be successful in MTE 1-2and be eligible for ENG 111 to satisfy requirements without taking remediation. Results must be within the last 5 years.
  • Residents from outside the Lord Fairfax Community College Service Area are admitted only after all applicants who reside in the College Service Area have been considered.

* Applicants that have completed equivalent college level math or English courses, or have SAT of 500 or greater, or ACT scores of 22 or greater have met the requirements as long as the courses and/or scores are no more than 5 years old.

Required Documentation

  • Birth Certificate. If birth certificate is not available, valid passport or other government ID (e.g. driver’s license) with Date of Birth.
  • Background check, drug screen and fingerprinting verifying the student meets the requirements, completed by designated LFCC agency. Student is responsible for cost, payable directly to the designated agency.
  • High School Transcript/GED.
  • Physical exam completed within the last 12 months signed by a primary care physician (must use this LFCC form).
  • Documentation of required vaccinations.

*Students who are absent from the program for one semester or more must repeat the background check & drug screen

Program Application 

AEMT Admission Requirements

  • Age 18 on the first day of class.
  • Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services document Prerequisites for EMS training Programs, Criminal History and Standards of Conduct.
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Satisfy admission requirements for LFCC.
  • Current Virginia or National Registry EMT certification or higher (must remain current for duration of program).
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of EMS (must remain current for duration of program).
  • No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  • To complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months with proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and TB Skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  • LFCC placement tests (if required*) and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must be successful in MTE 1-3 and be eligible for ENG 111 to satisfy requirements without taking remediation. Results must be within the last 5 years.
  • Residents from outside the Lord Fairfax Community College Service Area are admitted only after all applicants who reside in the College Service Area have been considered.

* Applicants that have completed equivalent college level math or English courses, or have SAT of 500 or greater, or ACT scores of 22 or greater have met the requirements as long as the courses and/or scores are no more than 5 years old.

Required Documentation

  • Birth Certificate. If birth certificate is not available, valid passport or other government ID (e.g. driver’s license) with Date of Birth.
  • Background check, drug screen and fingerprinting verifying the student meets the requirements, completed by designated LFCC agency. Student is responsible for cost, payable directly to the designated agency.
  • High School Transcript/GED.
  • Copy of valid EMS Provider (e.g. EMT) certification card that must remain current throughout the program.
  • Copy of current Healthcare Provider CPR Card issued through a course approved by Virginia Office of EMS.
  • Physical exam completed within the last 12 months signed by a primary care physician (must use this LFCC form).
  • Documentation of required vaccinations.

*Students who are absent from the program for one semester or more must repeat the background check & drug screen

Program Application 

Paramedic Admission Requirements

  • Age 18 on the first day of class.
  • Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services document Prerequisites for EMS training Programs, Criminal History and Standards of Conduct.
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Current Virginia or National Registry EMT-Intermediate certification or higher or completion of the EMT-Intermediate curriculum (must remain current for duration of program).
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of EMS (must remain current for duration of program).
  • No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  • To complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months with proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and TB Skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  • LFCC placement tests (if required*) and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must be successful in MTE 1-3 and be eligible for ENG 111 to satisfy requirements without taking remediation. Results must be within the last 5 years.
  • Residents from outside the Lord Fairfax Community College Service Area are admitted only after all applicants who reside in the College Service Area have been considered.

* Applicants that have completed equivalent college level math or English courses, or have SAT of 500 or greater, or ACT scores of 22 or greater have met the requirements as long as the courses and/or scores are no more than 5 years old.

Required Documentation

  • Birth Certificate. If birth certificate is not available, valid passport or other government ID (e.g. driver’s license) with Date of Birth.
  • Background check, drug screen and fingerprinting verifying the student meets the requirements, completed by designated LFCC agency. Student is responsible for cost, payable directly to the designated agency.
  • High School Transcript/GED.
  • Copy of valid EMS Provider (e.g. EMT) certification card that must remain current throughout the program.
  • Copy of current Healthcare Provider CPR Card issued through a course approved by Virginia Office of EMS.
  • Physical exam completed within the last 12 months signed by a primary care physician (must use this LFCC form).
  • Documentation of required vaccinations.

*Students who are absent from the program for one semester or more must repeat the background check & drug screen

Program Application 

Emergency Medical Services Admission Requirements

  • Age 18 on the first day of class.
  • Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services document Prerequisites for EMS training Programs, Criminal History and Standards of Conduct.
  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Current Virginia or National Registry EMT certification or higher (must remain current for duration of program).
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of EMS (must remain current for duration of program).
  • No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  • To complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months with proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B Vaccination, and TB Skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  • LFCC placement tests (if required*) and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test. Must be successful in MTE 1-3 and be eligible for ENG 111 to satisfy requirements without taking remediation. Results must be within the last 5 years.
  • Residents from outside the Lord Fairfax Community College Service Area are admitted only after all applicants who reside in the College Service Area have been considered.

* Applicants that have completed equivalent college level math or English courses, or have SAT of 500 or greater, or ACT scores of 22 or greater have met the requirements as long as the courses and/or scores are no more than 5 years old.

Required Documentation

  • Birth Certificate. If birth certificate is not available, valid passport or other government ID (e.g. driver’s license) with Date of Birth.
  • Background check, drug screen and fingerprinting verifying the student meets the requirements, completed by designated LFCC agency. Student is responsible for cost, payable directly to the designated agency.
  • High School Transcript/GED.
  • Copy of valid EMS Provider (e.g. EMT) certification card that must remain current throughout the program.
  • Copy of current Healthcare Provider CPR Card issued through a course approved by Virginia Office of EMS.
  • Physical exam completed within the last 12 months signed by a primary care physician (must use this LFCC form).
  • Documentation of required vaccinations.

*Students who are absent from the program for one semester or more must repeat the background check & drug screen

Program Application 

Academic Plan, Course List, and Program Information

ALS Internship

Clinical and Field Rotations are completed to successfully meet the competency and hourly requirements established by the Virginia Office of EMS and the National EMS Education Standards.

To be eligible to sit for the certification exam, a student must have completed the minimum competencies and hours with satisfactory performance.

The clinical and field hours identified in the program literature are program minimums.

Students should anticipate that completion of the required competencies will require more hours than the minimum due to the need for specific types of patient contacts. On average, students can expect to log 180 hours of clinical and 190 hours of field time to obtain the required competencies.

The college uses an on-line site for managing the ALS Internship. The fee for this service is not covered by tuition. Students must establish their own account prior to beginning the Internship portion of the program. The college currently has affiliation agreements to conduct clinical and field rotations with the following agencies and facilities:

  • Field
  • Clarke County Emergency Services
  • Fauquier Fire & Rescue Department
  • Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department
  • Manassas Park Fire & Rescue
  • Rockingham County Fire & Rescue
  • Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department
  • Warren County Fire and Rescue Department
  • Winchester Fire & Rescue Department Clinical
  • Fauquier Hospital
  • Page Memorial Hospital
  • Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
  • Warren Memorial Hospital
  • Winchester Medical Center

Program Information Booklet

The EMS Program at Lord Fairfax is a challenging series of courses designed to prepare the student to perform as an entry-level Basic (BLS) and/or Advanced Life Support (ALS) pre-hospital provider. View all program information HERE.

EMS Certifications

Accreditation

The EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
coaemsp.org

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