Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor's Degree

To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Emergency Services Program, click here.
To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Emergency Services section beginning on page 66, click here.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Services prepares graduates for entry level practitioner and management positions in the field of emergency services. The Emergency Services profession has undergone dynamic changes since September 11, 2001. These changes have placed an increased emphasis on having a well-educated and prepared workforce to meet the needs of both traditional and all-hazards responses. The program provides a well-rounded core of general education courses and allows students to customize their plans of study to fit long-term career goals. Students enjoy a perfect blend of classroom, laboratory, clinical and field internship experiences in pursuit of their degree.

Program Mission: 

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services program is to prepare professionals who provide excellent patient care and emergency services while preparing to meet challenges of the evolving field of emergency services.

The mission of the Paramedic education component of the Emergency Services Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge) psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Program Goals: 
  • provide care to patients of all ages and cultures,
  • advocate for patients,
  • serve in a designated National Incident Management System (NIMS) command or staff
  • position during incident operations,
  • communicate effectively on an interprofessional team and with peers,
  • analyze data and assess findings to formulate an appropriate plan of action,
  • mitigate the hazard level of an incident scene,
  • assess the need for and implement public fire, injury, and illness prevention strategies,
  • evaluate emergency services related research,
  • exhibit caring, culturally competent behaviors in the delivery of services,
  • value life-long professional development,
  • participate in management and/or research processes in an emergency services organization, and
  • formulate an political action plan based on an emergency services issue.
Accreditations: 

The Emergency Services program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
http://www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone 214-703-8445
http://www.coaemsp.org

The program is also accredited to provide Paramedic training in the Commonwealth of Virginia by:

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services (VAOEMS)
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500
Phone 1-800-523-6019

Admission Requirements: 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to the start of the second semester (start of paramedic training)
  • Must have current Virginia EMT-Basic certification (reciprocity is available from other states) prior to the start of the second semester (start of paramedic training)
  • If enrolled in the Paramedic/Firefighter track, must have current Virginia FF I certification (reciprocity is available from other ProBoard states) prior to the start of the fourth semester.
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
Program Highlights

The program provides a well-rounded core of general education courses and allows students to customize their plans of study to fit long-term career goals. Students enjoy a perfect blend of classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field internship experiences in pursuit of their degree. Additionally, the College offers three tracks to the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services.

  • The Paramedic/Firefighter Track prepares students for fire and emergency medical services (EMS) positions and the skills for entry-level management and leadership positions in the fire and EMS professions. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national paramedic certification exam and complete numerous fire certifications.
  • The Paramedic/Critical Care Track prepares students for advanced patient care methodologies within the critical care ground and air transport environment. This track also prepares the student for entry-level management and leadership positions in non-fire service based EMS agencies. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national paramedic certification exam and specialty critical care certifications.​
  • The Degree Completion Track is designed for students already working in the field of Emergency Services seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students are required to meet specific prerequisites in order to qualify for entry in to this track.
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