ACADEMIC PLAN: 221-146-08
CIP CODE: 51.0904
AWARD: Career Studies Certificate
LENGTH: 1 Year
This program will allow students the opportunity to pursue certifications in CPR, Emergency Medical Technician, Firefight I, Firefighter II, and HazMat Awareness. These certifications are obtained through the Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). They are required for employment in the Fire and EMS services.
The Fire & EMS Career Studies Certificate program alone is NOT eligible for financial aid. Interested students should consult a counselor for further information.
AEMT is designed to educate the technician in the following areas of pre-hospital care: preparatory skills, airway management and ventilation, patient assessment, trauma, medical, special considerations and assessment based management. A minimum of 60 hours are devoted to clinical rotations in the Emergency Department and in the field.
Individuals are eligible for admission to CVCC if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the community college, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students may not have been convicted of any disqualifying crime as mandated by the Virginia Office of EMS. This program requires extensive walking, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, and lifting. Lifting and carrying requirements: at least 125 pounds (56.8 kg); motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patient’s and EMS provider’s well being must not be jeopardized. Further, extensive use of sight, hearing, and speech is required.
All students expected to complete the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate must complete an Application for Graduation.
The Program Pathway for Advanced Emergency Medical Services CSC is a resource for students that lists the following items:
- The recommended order in which to take the program courses
- Suggested course when more than one option exists
- If the course has a prerequisite
- Courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)