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.

Program Accreditation:

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  The VCU Paramedic 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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

As part of our annual report we submit data in regards to the program's National Registry's Cognitive and Psychomotor Test Results.  This annual report is based on outcomes for 2019 enrollment:

National Registry Cognitive Pass rate is 86%
Retention Rate for the Period is 83%
Positive Placement is 79%

Course Information:

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 Paramedic - Total of 16.0 credit hours
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.

How much does the program cost?

The ALS courses are approximately $409.00/credit hour Spring 2021). Please refer to the current application for the most recent tuition costs. The student is responsible for program attire, testing and data tracking software utilized by the Program and associated certification exam fees.

Is Financial Aid available?

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.

Student may apply with Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services for the EMS Scholarship. The link to the website explaining the Scholarship is posted here. Students may contact the office for general information but specific questions should be directed to the Virginia Office of EMS at 1-800-523-6019 (VA Only) or 804-888-9100 (Main Office)
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Are Veterans able to use their benefits?

Please contact the Veterans Affairs office for more information.

Where can I complete clinical and field requirements?

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.

Where can I get upcoming course information?

Click here to add your name to our paramedic interest list. For further assistance, please call (804)828-EMTP (3687), or contact the CTCCE office.


Contact Details

  • Center Location: 1200 E. Broad Street, West Hospital

    Basement, North Wing, Richmond, VA 23298

  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 980044
    Richmond, VA 23298-0044

  • Phone: (804) 828-4204   FAX: (804) 828-0025

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