There are paramedic training programs all over the state of Virginia which specialize in teaching how to treat injuries or other medical emergencies for transport and stabilization to more central care centers. These training courses are regulated by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, which is also in charge of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and Paramedics across the state are comprised of a number of paid and volunteer positions.

There are three levels of emergency medical technician / paramedic in Virginia. In order to become a full paramedic, one must have already been approved as an EMT B (basic) or EMT I. This requires being at least eighteen years of age, a high school diploma or GED. Virginia is unusual in that it does not require passage of the NREMT (national registry of emergency medical technicians) exam, rather, one must pass a special state mandated and developed practical exam. The practical will test your expertise in field medicine. In addition to this exam, individuals must also pass a written exam, along with having a CPR certification. Lastly, applicants must also pass an approved and state licensed training course.

For more information, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services can be found at:

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
1-800-523-6019 (VA only)
804-371-3108 (fax)