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Emergency Medical Science, AAS - CIP Code: 51.0904

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Contact: (336) 334-4822 ext. 50378

Limited Enrollment Program:

Contact the EMS Department for enrollment details.

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 will be eligible to attempt the North Carolina and/or National Registry credential 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 “B” or higher in all courses with an “EMS” or “BIO” prefix in order to continue. Students are eligible to sit for the North Carolina or National Registry EMT exam after successful completion of the first semester.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Emergency Medical Science degree, graduate should be able to:

  • Express competency as an entry-level paramedic.
  • Manage prehospital patient care during medical emergencies.
  • Integrate paramedic-level mastery of trauma emergencies.
  • Implement operational best practices in the pre-hospital environment.

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 limited enrollment EMS program must complete ENG 111 (or higher level English course) and MAT 143 (or higher level Math course) with a grade of C or better.

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 18

Summer Semester I

Total Credits: 8

Total Credits: 10

Spring Semester II

Total Credits: 12

Total credit hours required for degree: 66


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