EMT Certification Programs in Virginia with Program Overviews

The state of Virginia has 19 colleges that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Get some information about the certificates and degrees, and read some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Virginia Colleges Offering EMT Programs

Students wishing to work as EMTs in Virginia must complete a formal training program and pass an exam to earn certification. Educational programs are available at several schools in the state to prepare students for certification at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels. These programs may result in a certificate or an associate's degree; some degree programs even allow students to earn multiple certification levels within the same program. EMT certification exams in Virginia are administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

EMT training options available at two Virginia schools are discussed at length here. Learn about coursework, internship opportunities and program duration at each level of study. Find helpful facts about each school in the table below.

  • Northern Virginia Community College offers a 2-year degree in emergency medical services. The college's main campus is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Annandale.
  • Tidewater Community College is located in Norfolk, in the city's downtown area. The school provides a wide range of EMT studies, from refresher courses to 2-year degree programs.

Comparison of Schools

No matter what level of EMT studies you are planning to pursue, it is helpful to consider all factors of a school before making a decision. Below are statistics and figures regarding each school's tuition, campus setting, acceptance rates, population and more.

Northern Virginia Community College Tidewater Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 51,190 22,776
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $5,498 (in-state)
$11,505 (out-of-state)
$5,434 (in-state)
$11,362 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 57% 70%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 73% 61%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)* 25% 20%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Northern Virginia Community College

Since its beginnings in 1964, Northern Virginia Community College has grown to serve over 50,000 students throughout campuses in Annandale, Loudoun, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria and Manassas. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Northern Virginia Community College offers an associate's degree that leads to sequential certification as an EMT-Basic, -Intermediate and -Paramedic.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

This 5-semester associate's program combines general education with the experience and training necessary to become a paramedic in Virginia. Enrolled students may complete their general education requirements, such as the college composition course, at any campus, but the remaining EMT classes are held at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield. Students study such topics as advanced life support, pharmacology, patient assessment, trauma care and pathophysiology. Internships in both patient care clinics and field units -- such as ambulances -- are required.

At the end of the first and third semesters of the program, students are required to earn certification as EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate, respectively. At the end of the fourth semester, students are eligible to take the NREMT paramedic examination.

Tidewater Community College

Serving nearly 23,000 students annually, Tidewater Community College has the largest EMT program in the state. In addition to a broad range of EMT programs, Tidewater offers customized health training and EMT certification refresher courses.

EMT-Intermediate Certificate

This 19-credit program prepares students for passage of the EMT-Intermediate exam given by the NREMT. Courses include classroom instruction in trauma and medical care, as well as field internships. Students must possess EMT-Basic certification in order to enroll in this program.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

The EMT-Paramedic designation is the highest credential in the field of emergency medical services. Courses in this certificate program include 28 credits covering pathophysiology, patient assessment, pharmacology and EMT operations. Each of the three semesters of the curriculum includes a clinical and/or field internship.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

The associate's degree program features a curriculum that progresses through all of the previously mentioned levels of EMT certification, in ultimate preparation for paramedic certification. Requiring 66 credits, the degree program includes social science, humanities, composition and physical science coursework in addition to the EMT core.


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