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Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) treating a patient

Step up your skills. Step up your EMS career options.

TCC's nationally accredited EMS program is the largest in Virginia

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At the state’s largest Emergency Medical Services program, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge you need to serve on the front lines of health care.

If you already have a current EMT Basic certification, Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate is a next step. It will prepare you for work in hospital emergency rooms, fire-rescue, military and ambulance services.

Course work focuses on advanced life support, with emphasis on patient assessment, differential diagnosis, management of multiple conditions, trauma care, and special populations, such as newborns and the elderly. Two internships round out the program. Aspiring doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other medical professionals can gain valuable clinical experience through TCC's EMS program.

Our EMS programs are nationally accredited. 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.

Just getting started? Your first step is to obtain your EMT - Basic, which is a one-semester, open-enrollment program – the foundation for all higher levels of certification in Virginia. Questions? Contact Audrey Pine at apine@tcc.edu or 757-822-7335.

Go further

Apply all the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services or obtain another EMS certification at TCC.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for the National Registry EMT - Intermediate exam, the Virginia EMT - Enhanced exam and examinations administered by the American Heart Association and International Trauma Life Support.

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Admission Forms and Information

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 Career Studies Certificate in Emergency Medican Technician - Intermediate.

Make sure you receive appropriate transfer credits from previous education and work experience.

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. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.* 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. 

What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate consists of 2 semesters of part-time study at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus and at clinical sites.

Estimated Program Cost*:
19 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,521.65 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional expenses include a uniform shirt and criminal background check ($46)

Where can you go?

You can apply all of your credits toward the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services or obtain another EMS certification at TCC.

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.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • possess the EMT - Basic certification
  • are able to handle a physically demanding job
  • have excellent communications skills
  • are calm under stressful circumstances
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TCC’s eight simulation labs, model apartment and equipment rival the facilities of some medical schools

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


A nurse for 41 years, Anne Mach has taught the gamut of EMS courses

National accreditation

TCC’s EMS programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 

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Simulation technology allows EMS education to be hands-on