The Emergency Medical Services Program prepares the student to perform as an entry-level Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) pre-hospital provider.
Topics covered include; Medical/Legal issues, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Patient Assessment and treatment strategies for medical and trauma patients.
Upon successful completion of applicable course work the student will be eligible to take the appropriate certification exam for that provider level (i.e. Advanced EMT, Paramedic). The classroom, lab, clinical and field rotations require a serious commitment of time and effort on the part of the student.
Program Information and Curriculum
The EMS Program is open to men and women who provide evidence of interest, motivation and aptitude in the area of pre-hospital health care. Students are selected on the basis of established criteria and without regard to age, race, creed, sex, or national origin.
Laurel Ridge Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.
All students must satisfy the admission requirements listed for each program. Applications are not complete until all required documents are received. The deadline for completed applications is due at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Admission requirements can be found under the above “Program Information and Curriculum” section.
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Tuition and Funding Options
An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Laurel Ridge Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.
Payment plans are offered to break down tuition payments.
View all financial aid, payment options, and more HERE.
Clinical and Field Rotations are completed to successfully meet the competency and hourly requirements established by the Virginia Office of EMS and the National EMS Education Standards.
To be eligible to sit for the certification exam, a student must have completed the minimum competencies and hours with satisfactory performance.
The clinical and field hours identified in the program literature are program minimums.
Students should anticipate that completion of the required competencies will require more hours than the minimum due to the need for specific types of patient contacts. On average, students can expect to log 180 hours of clinical and 190 hours of field time to obtain the required competencies.
The college uses an on-line site for managing the ALS Internship. The fee for this service is not covered by tuition. Students must establish their own account prior to beginning the Internship portion of the program. The college currently has affiliation agreements to conduct clinical and field rotations with the following agencies and facilities:
- Clarke County Emergency Services
- Fauquier Fire & Rescue Department
- Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department
- Manassas Park Fire & Rescue
- Rockingham County Fire & Rescue
- Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department
- Warren County Fire and Rescue Department
- Winchester Fire & Rescue Department Clinical
- Fauquier Hospital
- Page Memorial Hospital
- Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
- Warren Memorial Hospital
- Winchester Medical Center
Program Information Booklet
The EMS Program at Lord Fairfax is a challenging series of courses designed to prepare the student to perform as an entry-level Basic (BLS) and/or Advanced Life Support (ALS) pre-hospital provider. View all program information HERE.
The Laurel Ridge Community College EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.
The following are our reported percentages:
- The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 100%.
- The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 50%.
- Note: Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’.
- Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
- The most recent retention rate was 100%
NREMT Exam Pass Rates
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