Emergency Medical Science
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.
The Emergency Medical Science Bridging program is designed to allow a currently certified, non-degreed EMT-Paramedic to earn
a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science by completing the EMS Capstone course and the Pharmacology for EMS course, in addition to the Anatomy and Physiology course requirement and general education requirements for the degree. The prerequisites for admission to the EMS Bridging program include the following certifications:
- EMT Paramedic Certification;
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification*;
- Basic Trauma Life Support Certification*;
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support*;
- 4000 patient contact hours at the Paramedic level*.
*Within one year of application
These certifications provide 42 semester hours of advanced placement for students who are accepted into the program and meet the GTCC residency requirements.
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Emergency Medical Science, AAS | A45340
Emergency Medical Science Bridging program,AAS | A45340A2