Emergency Medical Science Program

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.

The 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.

Program Information

  • 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
Graduates of the WCC Emergency Medical Science program will: 

  • Perform medical patient assessment and management.
  • Perform trauma patient assessment and management.
  • Provide cardiac patient care based on American Heart Association standards including Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
  • Provide pediatric patient care considering the unique needs of the pediatric patient.
  • Demonstrate appropriate paramedic skills including intravenous therapy and medication administration.
  • Reason through emergency medical situations and issues effectively and efficiently.
  • Document practice of emergency medical science accurately and per standards set by the NC Office of EMS.
  • Meet state certification requirements as well as other credentialing standards.

Contact Information

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Jenny Webb
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6515
jbwebb443@wilkescc.edu
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Randall Westmoreland
Lead Instructor - Emergency Medical Services
Phone: 336-838-6252
Fax: 336-903-3173
rcwestmoreland692@wilkescc.edu

Admission Information

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate Degree for individuals desiring an opportunity for career enhancement.

The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

Students progressing through the program may be eligible to apply for both state and national certification exams. Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program Requirements

For questions concerning the admissions procedure, please contact Jenny Webb, Health Sciences admissions advisor, at 336-838-6515.

For questions concerning the Emergency Medical Science program, please contact Randall Westmoreland, program coordinator/lead instructor, at 336-838-6252.

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