Virtua and Rowan College at Burlington County:
South Jersey Partners in EMT and Paramedic Education
If you’re considering a career as an EMT or paramedic, you’ll need state-of-the-art, hands-on training to excel in these fast-paced professions.
Virtua and Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) combine powerful on-site and online education so graduates can enter their careers with confidence.
As partners, Virtua and RCBC offer the educational requirements to become a New Jersey certified emergency medical technician (EMT) or a nationally registered paramedic (NREMT-P). Virtua’s paramedic teams are certified to provide advanced life support outside a hospital setting.
Simulations that provide real-life experience
Our EMT and paramedic education programs are unlike any other in the region. In the simulation-learning lab at RCBC, you’ll treat patients exactly as you would find them in real emergency calls.
You’ll develop your skills in realistic environments like:
- A full-scale kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom
- A hospital emergency room
- A fully-equipped ambulance mounted on pneumatics that simulates actual on-the-road travel
Students work on life-sized simulation mannequins that breathe and function with sophisticated technology. Students perform independently and in teams, and they're evaluated by their peers and instructors.
Virtua EMT Program at RCBC
This course prepares students to answer 911 calls for medical emergencies and provide out-of-hospital basic life support. A current CPR certification, also available at RCBC, is a prerequisite for enrolling in the program. Students who successfully pass the course earn 8 college credits and are eligible to continue to the Virtua Paramedic Science program.
Course options include:
- Hybrid: This course combines online and in-classroom instruction; however, students get most of their homework, quizzes and lectures online. All practical skill training occurs on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.
- Traditional on-campus: In this on-campus course, classes are held every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and on 11 Saturdays from 8 am until 4 pm.
Virtua Paramedic Program at RCBC
This course prepares students to answer 911 calls for medical emergencies and provide out-of-hospital advanced life support. Student candidates must possess current EMT and CPR certifications as prerequisites for enrolling in the program.
Program options include:
- Certificate in Paramedic Science: These professional courses are divided into 6 semesters consisting of 3 didactic courses and 6 clinical training courses. Students earn 40 credits and a certificate of completion.
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree: This option allows students to earn a 2-year associate of applied science – paramedic degree. An additional 25 credits of specified general education courses supplement the professional paramedic curriculum.
Both options exceed the requirements of the National Standard Curriculum for Paramedic studies.
Paramedic Hybrid Program
This program combines both online and in-classroom instruction; however, most of the lectures, homework and quizzes are online. All practical skill training occurs on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Each didactic semester includes 4 to 5 scheduled, on-campus Saturday classes from 8 am to 4 pm.
Students applying to Virtua Paramedic Science at RCBC are required by New Jersey regulations to obtain a clinical sponsor. Students sponsored by Virtua will complete 3 clinical semesters at Virtua’s hospitals, as well as specialty training at ancillary sites. Two field internship and field residency semesters are served on Virtua MICU vehicles throughout Burlington and Camden Counties.
RCBC transforms lives by delivering innovative, high-quality and affordable educational experiences. The Virtua Paramedic Science program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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