Virginia EMT and Paramedic Schools - VA

Education for EMTs and Paramedics in Virginia for all levels of certification must meet the standards set by the related National Standard Curriculum, published by the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Human Services. Currently, there are three standards levels that apply: 1) EMT-B (Basic), 2) EMT-Intermediate, and 3) EMT-P (Paramedic). There are several Virginia EMT and paramedic schools.

Each National Standard Curriculum level is intended to build on the knowledge, skills and experience gained from the previous level, reflecting increased professional competence with the certification. Brief descriptions of each curriculum are shown below.

EMT-B (Basic)
This curriculum builds upon First Responder experience and emphasizes BLS techniques. Visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/pub/emtbnsc.pdf for detailed information.

Focusing on ALS program technology, specifics on this curriculum can be found on the web at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/EMT-P/index.html.

EMT-P (Paramedic)
The curriculum associated with this highest certification level for EMTs further builds upon previously gained ALS program knowledge and skills, enabling Paramedics to provide the highest pre-hospital advanced life support care available in Virginia. For detailed information, access www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/EMT-P/index.html on the web.   

State-specific Information
In addition to local fire department sponsored EMT support organizations, professional groups include the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Female Paramedics (http://www.nafp.org/index.html) and the Central Shenandoah EMS Council (http://www.csems.vaems.org).  

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring EMTs and Paramedics in Arlington, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Alexandria, Portsmouth and Hampton, Virginia may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the University of Virginia Medical Center, Saint Mary's Hospital, Lynchburg General Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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