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Emergency Services

Realism is at the heart of our Emergency Services program. When emergencies happen, first responders are on the front lines providing care, managing crises, and rescuing those in need. With Carilion Clinic, students prepare to face these challenges in a variety of professions on the entry and management levels.

student smiling in front of a firetruck

Select a Track That Works for You

Radford University at Carilion offers two tracks in our Emergency Services program so you can match your education to your career goals:

Paramedic/Critical Care (on-campus)
This 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.

Degree Completion (100% online)
This track is designed for students already working in the emergency services field to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Why Study Emergency Services at Radford?

  • Carilion Clinic: As a student at Radford University at Carilion, you will be part of a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 14,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration.
  • Paramedic certification in 3 years: We are currently the only bachelor’s degree program that offers initial paramedic in 2 tracks and certification after 3 years, which allows you to start working in the field sooner.

Careers and Internships

Considering a career in emergency services? This program can jumpstart your professional life and will help you stand out competitively among peers when applying for jobs.

  • Nationally, emergency services professions are expected to grow 24% by 2024
  • Above average graduation rate
  • 100% national certification rate
  • 100% employment upon or close to graduation

Opportunities for Emergency Services students at Radford

We have a full-scale ambulance simulator parked right in the classroom. Realistic education sessions help you learn the right way, in real-time from the start. From your first day, you are engrossed in a hands-on learning environment that includes 700 hours of clinical and field time. What’s more, you’ll touch more than 10,000 real patients during your time at Radford University Carilion.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to the start of the second semester
  • Must have current Virginia EMT-Basic certification (reciprocity is available from other states) prior to the start of the second semester
  • Fire Track Only - Must have current Virginia FF II certification (reciprocity is available from other ProBoard states) prior to the start of the fourth semester


The Radford University Emergency Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(727) 210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
(214) 703-8445

The Emergency Services Program is also accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (VAOEMS), 1041 Technology Park Drive, Glen Allen, VA. 23059, phone 1-800-523-6019.

CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Paramedic educational 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 2022.





















Evidence-based learning. You’ll learn from people on the front lines. The entire curriculum at Radford University at Carilion is evidence-based—our faculty teach things they did last night in the field because our entire faculty still works in emergency services.

students in masks and gloves handling medical equipment

“With small class sizes, you’ll have opportunities you just can’t get in other places. You’ll get lots of one-on-one time with the professors, and they’re not the kind of instructors that you only see once a week. When you ask for their help, they’re going to be there for whatever you need.”

De’anthony “DJ” Taylor '23

We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.