Tidewater Community College has the state's largest program in emergency medical services. TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services is where you can learn the skills and knowledge to serve on the front lines of health care.
TCC's program will prepare you to work in areas such as hospitals, fire-and-rescue departments, military, volunteer services, nursing homes, sports organizations, cruise ship lines, and other fields that require emergency services.
Programs meet National EMS Education Standards and are approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
The associate degree is the top EMS credential TCC offers, and you can achieve it in several steps.
Just getting started?
Your first step on the ladder is the open-enrollment, one-semester basic emergency medical technician (EMT - Basic) program, the basis for all higher levels of certification in Virginia. For information about these or other EMS continuing education classes, contact Audrey Pine: 757-822-7335
Complete the next steps on the ladder — career studies certificates in intermediate EMT and paramedic, plus several electives – and you will have earned your valuable associate degree.
National Registry Written – 86%*
National Registry Practical Exam – 96%*
Retention – 92%*
Positive Job Placement – 97%*
*Average results for years, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), the American Heart Association, Board for Critical Care Transport Emergency Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), the American Red Cross and Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
80% first-attempt pass rate on national registry exam, compared to 60% nationally
All of TCC’s faculty members work or have worked as EMS professionals
All classes offered day and evening. You can attend either, as your schedule permits
A nurse for 41 years, Anne Mach has taught the gamut of EMS courses
The TCC EMS Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Learn how to formulate patient assessments and implement treatment plans for trauma patients in ALS Trauma Care (EMS 157).
We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.
If you have questions at any time, contact Audrey Pine, administrative assistant: 757-822-7335
If you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
After you are admitted, you must meet certain conditions for continuance:
1. Submit the Health Professions Physical Examination Form showing satisfactory health status based on a physician’s exam within the previous 12 months.
2. Submit your immunization record showing you have met Virginia’s requirements for health care personnel.
3. Submit documentation of a negative TB test
4. All Intermediate and Advanced Paramedic students are required to complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility during clinical/field internship. The student is responsible for the cost of the background check.* Order your background check here.
* Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results.
** Background check is not required for EMT - Basic
You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.
TCC’s Associate of Applied Science consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus and at clinical sites.
If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.
Estimated Program Cost*:
65 credits x $181.10 per credit = $11,771.50 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Additional costs are a criminal background check ($46) and uniform shirt.
If you graduate from TCC’s program, you can transfer into the bachelor of health sciences program at Old Dominion University.
Almost all of TCC’s students are working in the EMS field by the time they graduate. Most enter public employment as members of municipal and county fire/rescue squads, but they also find jobs in hospitals nursing homes, sports organizations and other fields that require emergency services.
Yes, if you:
- are able to handle a physically demanding job
- have excellent communications skills
- are calm under stressful circumstances
TCC offers the following EMS training and programs:
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, which is only taught on agency contract basis at this time
- Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician — students will only be able to complete this level of training if they are affiliated with and sponsored by an EMS agency for field internship.
No. RN, RT, Corpsman, PAs, MDs, etc., are not eligible for advanced standing in the EMS classes at this time.
* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.