In Virginia, paramedics who successfully complete a paramedic program and pass the NREMT-P exam are automatically recognized by the state and are granted certification.
Paramedic Training in Virginia
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
Central Virginia Community College – Lynchburg, VA
3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg , VA – 24502
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College – Richmond, VA
PO Box 85622
Richmond , VA – 23285
Jefferson College of Health Sciences – Roanoke, VA
101 Elm Avenue South East
Roanoke , VA – 24013
Lord Fairfax Community College – Middletown, VA
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown , VA – 22645
Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue – Leesburg, VA
16600 Courage Court
Leesburg , VA – 20175-5657
Northern Virginia Community College (Springfield Campus) – Springfield, VA
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield , VA – 22150
Patrick Henry Community College – Martinsville, VA
645 Patriot Ave
Martinsville , VA – 24112-6693
Piedmont Virginia Community College – Charlottesville, VA
501 College Drive
Charlottesville , VA – 22902
Prince William County Dept of Fire & Rescue – Nokesville, VA
13101 Public Safety Drive
Nokesville, VA 20181
Southside Virginia Community College – Alberta, VA
109 Campus Drive
Alberta , VA – 23821
Southwest Virginia Community College – Richlands, VA
PO Box SVCC
369 College Road
Richlands , VA – 24641
Stafford County and Associates in Emergency Care Consortium – Manassas, VA
12351 Randolph Ridge Lane
Manassas , VA – 20109
Tidewater Community College – Virginia Beach, VA
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach , VA – 23453-1918
Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA
P.O. Box 980044
Richmond , VA – 23298
Paramedic School Requirements in Virginia
· You will need to be 18 years old. You will also need to be a high school graduate or have your GED.
· You will need to have your EMT certification.
· You will also need to have proper CPR certification and, in many cases, have completed anatomy and physiology courses, as well. Depending on the program, an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification is required, too.
· Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required (due to clinical rotations). You’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and drug screening, too, as well as pass a physical. Written references may or may not be required by the school.
· You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in VA you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Virginia?
Make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply?
Typically, experience is not required, though this can differ from program to program.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This really depends on the college and training program you select. Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
At National College, for example, their paramedic program lasts approximately two years, where students will finish with an Associate of Science degree.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
All paramedic courses are a bit different and vary college to college. But, typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course. Some programs can certainly cost more, however.
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will want to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT.org) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
Once you successfully pass the NREMT-P exams, you are then automatically recognized by the state and granted certification (with some paperwork involved, of course).
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
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