Fire & EMS Education | Virginia Peninsula Community College

Fire & EMS Education

Welcome to the Virginia Peninsula Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Department

We are pleased to offer a full suite of fire and emergency medical services education programs. Our program offerings are designed to provide high quality, "real-world” training, education, simulation and internships. We offer degree and certificate programs, as well as industry specific certification courses that prepare students to graduate with educational credentials and prepare students for national level industry certification examinations in a variety of fire protection, prevention, suppression and/or emergency medical services specialties. The Virginia Peninsula Fire and EMS Department also holds designation as an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Site and as a National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Training Center and offers a variety of fire and EMS industry certification courses from both associations.

 

 

We have the program for you!

EMS Programs:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced Placement Paramedic (A-to-P/ I-to-P Bridge)
  • Paramedic
  • A.A.S. Emergency Medical Services

Fire Science Programs:

  • Structural Firefighting
  • A.A.S. Fire Science Technology

Other Emergency Service Programs:

  • Public Safety Telecommunicator/ 9-1-1 Dispatcher
  • Mobile Integrated Healthcare/ Community Paramedicine
  • Critical Care Provider
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • AHA- BLS, ACLS, PALS
  • NAEMT- PHTLS, AMLS, EPC
  • And more...

 

Want to know more?

If you have additional questions or would like additional information, please contact us at (757) 825-2808 or psahhs@vpcc.edu

Course registration is available at https://vpcc.edu/new

Looking for more program specific information? Check out our Resources Page

 

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CoAEMSP Paramedic Programs Outcomes Summary (2020 Reporting Year)

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

National Registry Success (Pass) Rate

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 73.1%.

Positive Placement Rate

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 96.3%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

Program Retention Rate

The most recent retention rate was 62.8%.

 

Accreditation

Basic Life Support Accreditation

The Virginia Peninsula Community College program has been conferred accreditation as a Virginia Basic Life Support (BLS) Education Program by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. This designation is a status signifying that a program has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards established by the Office of Emergency Medical Services in compliance with Virginia Administrative Code 12 VAC 5-31. 

To contact the Virginia Office of EMS Division of Educational Development:

1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: 804-888-9100
Fax: 804-371-3108
www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services

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Paramedic Program Accreditation 

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

 

Fire Science Program Accreditation

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Fire Science Program has received designation as a United States Fire Administration National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program. The Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certificate  is an acknowledgement that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum  standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

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American Heart Association Training Center

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Services Education Department is and authorized American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center for traditional and hybrid, initial certification, recertification and instructor courses in HeartSaver, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

 

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Training Center

The Virginia Peninsula Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Services Education Department is a National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Authorized Training Center for the delivery and instruction of initial certification and recertification NAEMT courses including Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), and Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC).