The Paramedic Program began in 1980 on the Medical College of Virginia campus (MCV) of VCU under the Medical Direction of Dr. Kimball Maull, then the director of emergency medical services and trauma for MCV Hospitals. The program initially began as an outreach program in the Department of Surgery/Trauma Program to provide Paramedic education to the largely volunteer EMS community in the central Virginia region. The program was the first paramedic program in the central Virginia region and the first program in the Commonwealth affiliated with an academic medical center and Level I trauma center. The program began as a two-phase program with the first phase culminating in Virginia EMT-Cardiac and the second phase resulted in the student’s eligibility to sit for the National Registry EMT-Paramedic examination. Over the past thirty years, more than 1000 students have completed the VCU program.
Virginia Commonwealth University is nationally accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges located at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (404) 679-4501 or www.sacsoc.org. The VCU Paramedic Program has been nationally accredited since 2000. The Program is accredited through The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 1361 Park Street Clearwater, Florida 33756 (727) 210-2350 or www.caahep.org.
As part of our annual report we submit data in regards to the program's National Registry's Cognitive and Psychomotor Test Results. The program also reports attrition, retention and positive placement results. Our three-year average 2012-2014 are as follows:
National Registry Cognitive Pass Rate is 98%
National Registry Psychomotor (Practical) Pass Rate is 86.3%
Attrition Rate for the Period is 30.5%
Retention Rate for the Period is 69.5%
Positive Placement is 98.1%
Our accredited EMS courses are sponsored through the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education. Our Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS courses are offered for general studies academic credit for degree and non-degree seeking students. The ALS EMS courses are not offered as a stand-alone degree program at this time.
Admission to the Paramedic Program is based on your application to the Paramedic Program. A separate application and acceptance into VCU is not required to enroll in the Paramedic Program unless you intend to earn a degree from VCU.
If you wish to enroll in a degree program at VCU, you are required to complete an undergraduate university application. For information regarding undergraduate university admission, please visit the admissions website. Our office is unable to assist you with general admission to the university.
Current VCU students should contact the Paramedic Program Director to discuss your current and future course schedule and academic load.
The Paramedic Program offers the following ALS EMS Courses throughout the year:
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to Intermediate - Total of
8.0 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to Paramedic - Total of 16.0
Intermediate to Paramedic - Total of 8.0 credit hours
RN to Paramedic - Total of 8.0 credit hours
Credit hours subject to change as new educational standards are implemented.
Our primary GOALS are to educate students so they can
function as competent entry level paramedics and become
Nationally Registered Paramedics. Upon completion of the
Program the student will be able to:
Recognize, assess and safely manage the scene of a medical
emergency incident (be the team leader).
Document and communicate the relevant patient information to
the receiving facility.
Assess and initiate appropriate medical care for an adult,
pediatric or geriatric patient of a medical or traumatic
emergency under regional protocols or online medical control.
Demonstrate the ability to reassess and modify the patient’s
treatment as needed by changes in the patient’s condition.
Select the appropriate receiving facility.
Document in writing the assessment and treatment of patients.
The ALS courses are approximately $358.00/credit hour (Fall 2017). Please refer to the current application for the most recent tuition costs.
For non-degree seeking students, VCU will work with all students in providing an installment plan to allow the tuition to be billed in increments during a given semester. In addition, VCU will work with students to arrange for third party payment if a student has a sponsoring agency. Non-degree seeking students generally are not eligible for scholarships, grants or other financial aid programs except for the installment plan.
Yes, eligible veterans are able to use their benefits to take the BLS and ALS courses. Please contact the Veterans Affairs office for more information.
All clinical work occurs at the VCU Health System on the MCV campus. Scheduling opportunities are available to students early in class to allow adequate time to prepare their schedule. The field internship may be scheduled with an approved EMS agency and ALS mentor. Students not affiliated with an agency will be provided contact information for EMS agencies that participate with VCU.
Course offerings are posted on our website. Current VCU students may not register themselves for ALS courses, they must complete an application for the Paramedic Program to seek enrollment. If you have questions not addressed here or need additional assistance, please call (804)828-EMTP (3687), or contact the CTCCE office.
Required Program Apparel
Program Apparel is not included in the price of the class. Please purchase required apparel by following the link provided.Purchase Apparel