Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum is designed to develop the competencies needed to prepare the student to achieve National Registry Paramedic Certification (NRP).

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who hold current EMS certification may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor or counselor for further information.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic 7
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic Clinical 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
EMS 121 Preparatory Foundations 2
EMS 123 EMS Clinical Preparation 1
EMS 125 Basic Pharmacology 1
EMS 126 Basic Pharmacology Lab 1
EMS 127 Airway, Shock, and Resuscitation 1
EMS 128 Airway, Shock, and Resuscitation Lab 1
EMS 135 Emergency Medical Care 2
EMS 136 Emergency Medical Care Lab 1
EMS 137 Trauma Care 1
EMS 138 Trauma Care Lab 1
Total 12
3rd Semester
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EMS 175 Paramedic Clinical Experience I 2
EMS 139 Special Populations 1
EMS 140 Special Populations Lab 1
EMS 141 Cardiovascular Care 2
EMS 142 Cardiovascular Care Lab 1
1PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 14
4th Semester
EMS 202 Paramedic Pharmacology 2
EMS 203 Advanced Patient Care 2
EMS 204 Advanced Patient Care Lab 2
EMS 206 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions 3
EMS 247 Paramedic Clinical Experience II 1
EMS 248 Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience 2
Total 12
5th Semester
EMS 163 Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) 1
EMS 164 Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 1
EMS 165 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1
EMS 167 Emergency Pediatrics Course (EPC) 1
EMS 210 EMS Operations 1
EMS 212 Leadership and Professional Development 1
EMS 216 Paramedic Review 1
EMS 249 Paramedic Capstone Internship 2
PHI 220 Ethics 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 66
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO
141
4
Emergency Medical Technician: Basic
EMS
111
7
Emergency Medical Technician: Basic Clinical
EMS
120
1
ENG
111
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
Preparatory Foundations
EMS
121
2
EMS Clinical Preparation
EMS
123
1
Basic Pharmacology
EMS
125
1
Basic Pharmacology Lab
EMS
126
1
Airway, Shock, and Resuscitation
EMS
127
1
Airway, Shock, and Resuscitation Lab
EMS
128
1
Emergency Medical Care
EMS
135
2
Emergency Medical Care Lab
EMS
136
1
Trauma Care
EMS
137
1
Trauma Care Lab
EMS
138
1
Total 12
3rd Semester
BIO
142
4
Paramedic Clinical Experience I
EMS
175
2
Special Populations
EMS
139
1
Special Populations Lab
EMS
140
1
Cardiovascular Care
EMS
141
2
Cardiovascular Care Lab
EMS
142
1
1PSY
230
3
Total 14
4th Semester
Paramedic Pharmacology
EMS
202
2
Advanced Patient Care
EMS
203
2
Advanced Patient Care Lab
EMS
204
2
Pathophysiology for the Health Professions
EMS
206
3
Paramedic Clinical Experience II
EMS
247
1
Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience
EMS
248
2
Total 12
5th Semester
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
EMS
163
1
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
EMS
164
1
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
EMS
165
1
Emergency Pediatrics Course (EPC)
EMS
167
1
EMS Operations
EMS
210
1
Leadership and Professional Development
EMS
212
1
EMS
216
1
Paramedic Capstone Internship
EMS
249
2
PHI
220
3
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 66

EMS-prefix courses must be taken in the sequence listed. General education courses may be taken in any order, but all must be successfully completed, with the exception of BIO 141  which is required, with a grade of 'C' or better, prior to beginning of Paramedic level studies (semester two).

1 PSY 200, SOC 247, and SOC 268  are approved substitutes for PSY 230.