EMT Training in Northern Virginia with Program and School Info

Oct 20, 2021

Northern Virginia Colleges with EMT Training Programs

Emergency medical technician training in Northern Virginia, the portion of Virginia that borders Washington, D.C. and close-in Virginia suburbs, is offered through certificate and associate degree programs at one community college. The next closest programs are offered at colleges in Washington, D.C. and Middletown, Virginia.

Students pursuing careers in the EMT field can find basic and intermediate EMT courses as well as advanced paramedic studies. Intermediate and paramedic programs usually require that applicants possess current EMT-Basic certification.

More details about the college and its EMT programs are found below. Get details about coursework and clinical requirements. Find helpful facts about the college in the table provided at the bottom of this article.

  • Northern Virginia Community College offers its EMT certificate and degree programs at its medical campus in Springfield, Virginia. This campus is located just south of this city's downtown area.

School Information

Aspiring EMTs should consider all factors before making a school and program choice. Below you will find helpful facts and statistics regarding NVCC's population, retention and graduation rates, financial aid availability, tuition and more.

Northern Virginia Community College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2019)* 51,822
Campus Setting Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)* $5,610 (in-state)
$11,693 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019)* 59%
Acceptance Rate (2019)* 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2019)* 71% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate for students who began in 2016* 27%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is the largest institute of higher education in Virginia, with over 51,000 students enrolled in programs at five campuses. This school offers EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic certificates and a 2-year degree in emergency medical services.

EMT-Basic Certificate

This certificate program consists of five courses, including a human biology course and two emergency medical technician courses. The certificate can be completed in one semester and results in 16 credits.

EMT-Intermediate Certificate

This career studies certificate takes one year to complete and students must have EMT-Basic certification or a related healthcare certification to enroll. The first semester includes courses in trauma care, pharmacology and ECG recognition in addition to an internship. The second semester includes courses in medical care and caring for special populations, such as pregnant women, infants, children or the elderly. This is a 27-credit program.

Paramedic Certificate

Students who have current EMT-Intermediate certification or a related healthcare provider certification can enroll in this program to prepare to become paramedics. This 1-year program results in 26 credits and includes field and clinical internships. Students also take courses in advanced pathophysiology and patient assessment.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

The 67-credit, 5-semester associate degree program in emergency medical services covers skills required to take the EMT-Intermediate and paramedic certification tests, which are required to pursue these careers. During their first two semesters, students complete EMT-Basic training, including observations in the field. Students learn to administer drugs and fluids intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms and conduct advanced life support techniques in trauma situations. Starting in the third semester, students complete internships in clinical and field settings. The final year includes advanced courses along with general education requirements.

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