Welcome to the Thomas Nelson 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/or prepare students for national level industry certification examinations in a variety of fire protection, prevention, suppression and/or emergency medical services specialties.
Communities, agencies and businesses across Virginia and within the Greater Hampton Roads Region, in particular, those on the Virginia Peninsula (City of Hampton, City of Newport News, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg, as well as James City County and York County) are consistently seeking team oriented individuals with the education, training, judgment and skills to meet the unique challenges of a career in public safety. Thomas Nelson's fire and emergency medical services are among the best in Virginia. We offer opportunities for students seeking full or part-time educational opportunities that cover a range of issues for those interested in fire protection, prevention, and suppression, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT (AEMT) and Paramedic. Our public safety partner programs at Thomas Nelson also offer educational opportunities in Administration of Justice (Criminal Justice).
The Thomas Nelson 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.
Our programs and courses prepare students to prevent emergencies when possible, minimize the effects of emergencies when emergencies do occur, and to provide confident and competent emergency and non-emergency medical care. Quality educational opportunities, flexible scheduling to meet your lifestyle, personal and professional demand, allow us to meet our students where they are in their life and deliver the education they desire, that lead to employability in high demand fields of study, in a manner that afford a health work-life balance.
Fire protection systems professionals include alarm and sprinkler system designers, installers, inspectors and maintenance technicians. Fire Marshal's and Fire Inspectors work closely with fire protection systems professions, building contractors and community members of all ages. Fire and EMS personnel are usually the first public safety professions on the scene of an accident or called to assist someone with a sudden, serious illness. It is their job to provide immediate care to the ill and injured. Advanced practice professionals that specialize in critical care (ground/flight), mobile integrated healthcare/community paramedicine, fire, EMS, law enforcement and/or military personnel protecting, serving and providing care in austere environments are among the advanced practice disciplines that our students learn about.
EMS personnel generally work in or outside of hospitals, physician’s offices and/or other medical care facilities. These highly educated and professionally trained practitioners provide medical care to a variety of acute or chronically ill or injured members of and visitors to our community. EMS professionals must think quickly and clearly and have the ability to make independent decisions that can result in a patient living or dying. Employment and volunteer opportunities are available with rescue squads, fire departments, emergency rooms and private industries. Job functions, responsibilities and salary depend on the industry credential obtained.
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Learn more about our Fire and Emergency Medical Services Education programs below.
Emergency Medical Services Programs
Thomas Nelson Community College Emergency Medical Services Program offerings include Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Intermediate to Paramedic, Paramedic and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. Opportunities to complete coursework toward, and test at the Advanced EMT (AEMT) certification level may be available. Students seeking AEMT certification are encouraged to contact the Fire and EMS Education Department for additional information at 757-825-2808. In the EMS Education Program, students gain a solid foundation through comprehensive classroom, lab, simulation and hands-on internship experiences in order to prepare them to operate as competent and confident entry level basic or advanced life support providers. Thomas Nelson also offers advanced practice and/or specialized programs of student that support community health, wellness and specialized treatment and transport demands.
CoAEMSP Paramedic Programs Outcomes Summary - May 2021 (2019 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 2019. The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 81.8%. The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 86.7%. 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. The most recent retention rate was 95.7%.
EMS Program Credit for Prior Education
Are you a certified EMT, AEMT or Paramedic? Would you like to earn a college degree in Emergency Medical Services? Allow us to tell you how you can earn college credit for your current EMS certification(s), learn more about our Advanced Standing Credit for Certified EMS Providers policies.
Fire Protection, Prevention and Suppression Programs
Thomas Nelson Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Services Program offerings include Fire Services programs in Fire Structural Firefighting, Protection Systems (Fire Alarms and Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire and EMS Leadership and an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology. Students who complete specific courses and/or programs may be eligible to earn National Fire Academy certification(s) and/or eligibility to sit for industry credential examinations. Thomas Nelson offers a challenging, yet reqarding online fire science program, complete all of your coursework form a location convient to you.
Fire Science Program (Online/Distance Learning Program)
All of the courses in the Fire Science Degree Program can be completed online through the Thomas Nelson Community College eCampus.
Fire Science Credit for Prior Education/Certification
Do you hold fire service industry certification(s) (ProBoard, IFSAC, NFA, VDFP, DFMA, VDEM)? Would you like to earn a college degree in Fire Science? Allow us to tell you how you can earn college credit for your current fire service industry certification(s); learn more about our "Credit for Prior Education/Certification" (Advanced Standing Credit) policies and put your fire service certifications to work for you!
Emergency Medical Services Program Accreditation/Designation Status
Basic Life Support Accreditation Status (EMT)
The Thomas Nelson Community College EMT program has been conferred provisional 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 NOT an Office of Emergency Medical Services full accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation 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. Conferral of provisional accreditation is NOT a guarantee of eventual full accreditation conferral.
To contact the Virginia Office of EMS Division of Educational Development:
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Paramedic Program Special Accreditation Status
The Thomas Nelson 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
Coordinated by the Fire and EMS Education Department, Thomas Nelson Community College is designated as an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Site and a National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Training Center.
Fire Science Program - Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Designation
The Thomas Nelson 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).