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Emergency Medical Services

Challenging. Rewarding. Fast-paced. State-of-the-art.

TCC’s EMS program will prepare you to serve on the front lines of health care. Graduates 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. Aspiring doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical professionals can also gain valuable clinical experience through TCC’s EMS program.

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Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services

The EMS associate degree provides individuals with the skills and expertise to deliver advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergency patients. You can achieve this degree in several steps. 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, and more!

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Virginia Beach Campus
Career Studies Certificate - Critical Care

This program is available to registered nurses and paramedics who wish to enhance their training in patient critical care in a hospital setting or during a high-risk ground or flight transfer. Upon completion of the certificate, nurses may take the Critical Care Nurses Exam (CCRN) and paramedics may take the Flight Paramedic or Critical Care Transport exam as added credentials in their work.

Additional Program Information:

The TCC EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), CAAHEP, 24500 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350

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


National Certification Rates

  • 2018: Cognitive- 84.3% Psychomotor 95.0%
  • 2017: Cognitive- 93.4% Psychomotor 94.6%
  • 2016: Cognitive- 86.2% Psychomotor 94.2%

Retention Rate

  • 2018: 83.9%
  • 2017: 73.8%
  • 2016: 96.8%

Positive Job Placement Rate

  • 2018: 83.6%
  • 2017: 99.3%
  • 2016: 77.3%

Critical Care

This program is available to registered nurses and paramedics who wish to enhance their training in patient critical care.

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TCC offers the following EMS training and programs:

  • EMT
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, which is only taught on agency contract basis at this time
  • Paramedic

No. RN, RT, Corpsman, PAs, MDs, etc., are not eligible for advanced standing in the EMS classes at this time.

BLS and ALS refreshers are available for all levels. They are usually scheduled in January and March, but can be contracted by interested groups by calling 757-822-7335 for details.

This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses. Visit this website to learn more.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • have excellent communication skills
  • can handle a physically demanding job
  • are calm in stressful circumstances