May 07, 2021  
2021-22 Academic Catalog 
2021-22 Academic Catalog

Paramedic, Certificate

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PURPOSE: The curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge base and skill required to prepare the student to function as an “entry-level” Paramedic. Successful performance in this program qualifies the student to take the National Registry’s Paramedic exam.

ACCREDITATION: The EMS program at LFCC is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Virginia Office of EMS.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: Purchase of a clinical scheduling and skills tracking account through ($80) is required.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: To operate as an “entry-level” Paramedic.


  1. Satisfy admission requirements for LFCC.
  2. Be at least 18 at start of program.
  3. High School graduate or GED.
  4. LFCC placement test and completion of any developmental work that may be identified by the placement test.  Must show competency in MTE 1 MTE 2  and MTE 3  and readiness for ENG 111  to satisfy requirements without taking remediation.
  5. Attend a mandatory EMS orientation session prior to start of fall semester.
  6. Meet the requirements listed in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Service document “Prerequisites for EMS Training Programs, Criminal History and Standards of Conduct”.
  7. Current Virginia or National Registry EMT-Intermediate certification or higher (must remain current for duration of program) or completion of the EMT-Intermediate curriculum.
  8. Completion of BIO 145  or equivalent (BIO 141  and BIO 142 ).
  9. Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification or other CPR card accepted by the Commonwealth of VA Office of EMS (must remain current for duration of program).
  10. No physical limitations rendering the student unfit to perform all required duties.
  11. To complete the Clinical and Field Internship portions of the program, submit results of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months as proof of immunizations or resistance to measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, polio, Hepatitis B vaccination, and TB skin test within the last 12 months. If PPD is positive, submit results of chest x-ray showing negative for active TB.
  12. Residents from outside the Lord Fairfax Community College service area are admitted only after all applicants residing in the College service area have been considered.
  13. Completion of criminal background search, fingerprinting and drug screen as required and to the satisfaction of affiliating clinical agencies.

Certificate Curriculum

Semester Total: 17 Credits

Semester Total: 13 Credits

Semester Total: 12 Credits

Semester Total: 9 Credits

Program Total: 51 Credits

1 BIO 141  and BIO 142  may be substituted.

PSY 200  and PSY 235  are approved substitutions for PSY 230 .

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