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Emergency Medical Science

What is Emergency Medical Science? 

The need for paramedics in North Carolina and the nation is great, and the demand continues to grow. The goal of the Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program is to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Students will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The course of study provides opportunities for students to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internship experiences with emergency medical service agencies. 

Emergency MedicalThe EMS Program can be completed in four semesters and one summer session. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 20 first-year students annually, beginning with the fall semester.  

Students completing the program will be eligible to take the N.C. EMT-Paramedic certification exam. Also, students progressing through the program may have the option at specific points of the program to sit for the EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate certification exams.  

Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, medical clinics, laboratories, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government.  

Emergency Medical Science Admission Information  


  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • EMT - Basic
  • Emergency Vehicle
  • Operations and Communications
  • Intermediate Interventions
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced Airway Management
  • General Psychology
  • Advanced Patient Assessment
  • Advanced Medical Emergencies
  • Advanced Trauma Emergencies
  • Special Needs Patients
  • Rescue Scene Management
  • Life Span Emergencies

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Emergency Medical Service Program will:

  • Outcomes TBD 

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Contact Information:

 Westmoreland Randall C 
Randall Westmoreland
Program Coordinator/Lead Instructor
(336) 838-6252