PARAMEDIC (221-146-05)
Career Studies Certificate
1 Year (2 Full-Time Semesters)

For more information on this Emergency Medical Services Program, visit the Emergency Medical Services website.

The paramedic certificate encompasses the curriculum set forth in the Virginia and National EMS Education Standards for the Paramedic pre-hospital provider level. The curriculum includes comprehensive coverage of topics covered in the emergency medical technician (EMT) curriculum including: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, cardiology, trainman, pediatrics, geriatrics and EMS operations. Students are introduced to the concepts and skills related to advanced life support (ALS) care including intravenous access, advanced airway techniques, medication administration and the entire scope of paramedic skills. Students currently certified at the EMT-enhanced, advanced EMT or EMT-Intermediate levels are awarded course credit for their current certification levels. Successful completion of the classroom, lab and internship portions of this certificate will result in eligibility to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic exam. Students in this certificate must maintain their current provider and CPR certifications throughout the program. The EMS program is nationally accredited through CAAHEP (the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program).

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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.

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Course List

This is a general list of courses required for this program. For a complete list of courses and requirements view “Program Information”.

Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Patient Assessment
Advanced Pharmacology
ALS Clinical Internship III
ALS Clinical Internship IV
ALS Field Internship III
ALS Field Internship IV
EMS Professional Development

Admissions Requirements

Students must apply for admission to health professions programs (practical nursing, nursing, surgical technology, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, phlebotomy, emergency medical services, advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) emergency medical technician – intermediate, paramedic and central services) in addition to applying for admission to the College. Admission requirements and application materials are available through the Health Professions Division. Specific requirements can be found within the catalog pages under the “Program Information” section.

Program Information

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