Transition to ALS

Transitioning to ALS *

Virginia Beach EMS proudly offers options to assist our providers with the transition from being a Basic Life Support (BLS) provider to becoming an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider.  Virginia Beach EMS works closely with Tidewater Community College (TCC) and our providers complete TCC’s academic program to obtain their ALS education and certification.  For a select number of students (who meet the established criteria), Virginia Beach EMS will pay for the student’s education (scholarship).  For those students for whom Virginia Beach EMS is unable to pay for their education (or the student who doesn’t wish to apply for scholarship), Virginia Beach EMS will provide an opportunity for the student to complete his/her field internship with Virginia Beach EMS to obtain his/her certification.

All ALS students precepting with Virginia Beach EMS will be required to sign a contract prior to the start of their ALS precepting.  In exchange for the field training, each student will contractually agree to continue to volunteer with Virginia Beach EMS for a period of one calendar year after the date of release at the ALS level at which he/she is precepting.

For more information about TCC’s EMS program and academic requirements, please visit TCC’s Health Professions website by clicking here.

Apply to Become an ALS Provider or Continue Your ALS Education *

If you are interested in taking classes to become certified as an ALS provider or you are currently certified as an ALS provider and wish to become affiliated with Virginia Beach EMS, you will need to fill out and submit an application to the ALS Training Coordinator, Senior Paramedic Hollie Albertson (HAlberts@vbgov.com).

Important application definitions:

  • Scholarship: the Department of EMS will pay tuition/fees; books and testing fees will also be provided/covered (only fully-released members of the Department of EMS are eligible for scholarship); students seeking scholarship should not enroll themselves in the courses or pay for tuition — the City will be billed for the tuition
  • Affiliation: you will complete your field internship with VBEMS
  • Precepting for Release with VBEMS: you are a certified ALS provider and want to begin precepting for release at your current level of certification with Virginia Beach
  • Paramedic Challenge by 3rd/4th Year Medical Students, Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners: you are currently a 3rd/4th year medical student, physician assistant or nurse practitioner and you wish to begin the process to take the Paramedic certification exams

Applications for scholarship and/or sponsorship (you are applying to start taking or continue taking classes at TCC) must be completed for each semester you are taking classes at TCC.

Applications for precepting for release or the paramedic challenge process are accepted at any time and only one application will need to be submitted.

Applications for scholarship (City paying for tuition/fees) are only accepted during the following months:

  • Applications for Spring semester classes are accepted October 1-31
  • Applications for Summer semester classes are accepted March 1-31
  • Applications for Fall semester classes are accepted June 1-30

Applications for affiliation (field internship only) will be accepted at any time.

Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will not receive scholarship and/or affiliation for a particular semester unless an application was submitted for that semester.

*Important note for summer semestersPer TCC, new (first-time) applicants are not able to start TCC’s ALS program during the summer semester. The summer semester is shortened and TCC does not offer the full first semester during the summer, with the exception of the accelerated paramedic program (the city does not provide scholarship for the accelerated paramedic program, but affiliation may be provided). Students can only start the ALS program at TCC during the spring or fall semesters.

Application for ALS Training/Affiliation *

Click here for the application: Application for ALS Training/Affiliation

Requirements for Scholarship/Affiliation *

At the time of application and continuing until all contractual obligations are met:

All Applicants Must:

  • Be an active operational member in good standing with the Department of EMS
    • Members receiving scholarship must be an active operational member in good standing with the Department of EMS for the past 12 months at any of the following levels as defined in the EMS Duty Policy:
      • Regular Active Volunteer
      • Life Active Volunteer
      • Senior Active Volunteer
      • Tenured Active Volunteer
      • Exclusions:
        • Associate Volunteers and College Student Volunteers are not eligible for scholarship or sponsorship, but they are eligible for affiliation; a waiver may be requested from the ALS Training Coordinator (approval of waiver not guaranteed)
        • Members receiving affiliation only must be an active operational member in good standing with the Department of EMS; the time requirement is waived for those only seeking affiliation (field internship only)
        • Members must continue to run the minimum duty requirement, per the EMS Duty Policy, for the duration of scholarship/affiliation (i.e., members may not be on reduced-duties while receiving scholarship/affiliation); a waiver may be requested from the ALS Training Coordinator (approval of waiver not guaranteed)
  • Be a patient care provider released as an Attendant-in-Charge and driver with the Department of EMS
    • Members applying for scholarship must be released as an Attendant-in-Charge and driver with the Department of EMS for the past 12 months
    • Members applying for affiliation only must be released as an Attendant-in-Charge and driver at the time requirement is waived for those only seeking affiliation (field internship only)
  • Not have been on reduced duties or on leave (military and maternity leave is excluded) for a substantial period of time during the past 12 months (substantial is defined as 3 or more months)
  • Have/maintain current CPR certification from an Office of EMS recognized program
  • Have completed the following pre-requisite classes: IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800, AWR-160 (Hazardous Materials Awareness), EVOC (active members should already meet these requirements)
  • Have documented completion of all required Department of EMS training and updates (e.g., OSHA update, others)
  • Meet ALL Virginia Dept. of Health Office of EMS provider eligibility requirements as listed on the Virginia Office of EMS website
  • Meet ALL TEMS regional ALS eligibility requirements as listed on the TEMS website
  • Adhere to ALL Department of EMS policies; applicants should specifically review the ALS Training and Certification Policy, the EMS Duty Policy, and the Certification and Credentialing Policy, which can all be found here
  • Satisfy any and all defaulted contractual obligations prior to application

Intermediate Applicants Must Additionally:

  • Have/maintain current ACLS certification before beginning field internship

Paramedic Applicants Must Additionally:

  • Either have/maintain current Virginia Intermediate certification or be actively working towards Virginia Intermediate certification and release to general supervision
  • Have/maintain current ACLS certification

Instructions for Applying for Scholarship/Affiliation *

  1. Submit an application with all required copies of certifications and documents to ALS Training Coordinator, Senior Paramedic Hollie Albertson (HAlberts@vbgov.com).
  2. New applicants must complete the application in its entirety.
  3. Continuing applicants, who have not had any breaks in semester attendance, will need to complete only the specific sections indicated in the instructions in the application; continuing applicants must also submit a copy of the unofficial transcript found in SIS, with final grades, to the ALS Training Coordinator.
  4. It is recommended that first-time TCC ALS students begin working on the TCC pre-clinical requirements and documentation (physical and required vaccines) information can be found in TCC’s Welcome to ALS Clinical/Field Orientation Internship letter; these requirements must be completed before starting clinical/field.
  5. Applicants receiving scholarship must meet with the ALS Training Coordinator to complete a contract and the enrollment paperwork to be registered for classes. Applicants receiving only affiliation will complete the registration/enrollment process on his/her own, but the ALS Training Coordinator is always available for questions and assistance. Applicants receiving only affiliation will complete the contract when they meet with the ALS Training Coordinator to receive their student badges and sign the agreement letter.  First-time applicants and applicants with breaks in semester attendance (excluding the summer semester) must also complete the DMV and Background/NCIC check forms. To meet with the ALS Training Coordinator to complete the required paperwork/forms, contact Senior Paramedic Hollie Albertson (HAlberts@vbgov.com) to schedule a meeting.

Submitting an application does not mean automatic approval. After your application is processed, you will receive a letter indicated your application has been approved, conditionally approved, or denied. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 30 days of the application deadline.

Once you have received notification of approval, you must schedule a meeting with the ALS Training Coordinator, Senior Paramedic Hollie Albertson (HAlberts@vbgov.com) to complete the necessary paperwork, including the contract, and obtain information on how to proceed.

Continuation of scholarship/affiliation requires that the student successfully complete ALL prior semester courses, complete a new application for each semester, and submit copies of the unofficial transcript showing final grades in EMS classes and copies of any new/updated certifications.

For more information on the ALS Internship process, click here.

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