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Health Professions: Critical Care

Paramedics or RNs: Prepare to become a critical care specialist Program fosters the interaction and cooperation of both professions in the care of the critically ill or injured patient both in a hospital setting or during a high risk interfacility transfer.

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The Career Studies Certificate in Critical Care

Work in critical care environments:

  • flight programs
  • critical care ground transports
  • critical care units within hospitals

With certificate:

  • Nurses may sit for the
    Critical Care Nurses exam (CCRN)
  • Paramedics may sit for the
    Flight Paramedic exam

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Official program information


The program includes advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of the paramedic and/or nursing curricula, as well as topics needed to troubleshoot complex monitoring devices and equipment.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy and physiology-based clinical assessment
  • Advanced airway management to include mechanical ventilators
  • Diagnostic data interpretation
  • Bedside hemodynamic monitoring
  • 12 lead EKG interpretation
  • Hemodialysis care
  • Preparation for certification in IntraAortic Balloon Pump Operation

Pre-requisites (Admission Requirements):

  1. Current certification as a Virginia EMT-CT, EMT-P, or Virginia RN License AND
  2. Current BLS and ACLS certification AND
  3. Be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking the English language AND
  4. Have no physical defects which would render the student unfit the perform all duties required of the EMT or RN.


  • EMT 290 Critical Care Internship


All students are required to complete all assignments ON TIME.

Successful completion of this semester requires acceptable completion of all:

  • workshops
  • clinical rotations
  • examinations.
  • Certification of IABP requires completion of the seminar.


Anne F. Mach

  • Email:
  • Phone: 757-822-7335
  • Address:
    EMS Office
    Tidewater Community College
    1700 College Crescent
    Virginia Beach, VA 23453