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Limited Enrollment Program:
Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.
The Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepare graduates to enter the workforce. Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience through classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies. Graduates of this program should be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, and industrial, educational, and governmental agencies.
This limited enrollment program is designed to be completed in as little as five full-time semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring). The average commitment throughout the program is five days a week, including off-site clinical assignments. Students enrolled in the EMS program must earn a final grade of “C” or higher in all courses with an “EMS” or “BIO” prefix in order to continue. Students are eligible to sit for the NC EMT exam after successful completion of the first semester and eligible to sit for the NC Paramedic exam at the completion of the course of study.
Upon completion of the Emergency Medical Science degree, the graduate should be able to integrate a complex understanding of the following topics to inform and formulate a paramedic-level treatment plan intended to mitigate an emergency and improve the overall health for a patient in any age group:
- Prehospital Pharmacology
- Medical Emergencies
- Cardiovascular Emergencies
- Behavioral and Psychiatric Emergencies
- Traumatic Injury Emergencies
At the successful completion of the EMS program, the graduate should be able to demonstrate sufficient competency of paramedic-level skills described in the North Carolina paramedic curriculum and the DOT/NHTSA “National EMS Education Standards” for successful entry into the EMS workforce as a paramedic.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants wishing to enter the EMS program must take the placement exams offered by GTCC for reading, writing, and pre-algebra or document acceptable substitution credit. To be considered, applicants must meet or exceed the minimum scores listed below for the placement exam or waiver. Note: SAT scores are valid for 3 years.