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Emergency Medical Science/Paramedic — Bridge

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Emergency Medical Science — Bridge Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Emergency Medical Science — Bridge program is for qualified applicants who are currently Certified Paramedics in North Carolina or nationally registered, but don’t have a degree.

Upon meeting all requirements and admission to the Emergency Medical Science — Bridge program, you’ll receive 43 hours of proficiency credit toward the Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree to represent the Emergency Medical Science major hours for Emergency Medical Technician — Paramedic course work that aren’t required as part of the Emergency Medical Science Bridge program.

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 prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

You’ll gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations.

Careers

Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll:

  • Apply the basic concepts of pathophysiology, development, and pharmacology to the assessment and management of a wide variety of emergency patients
  • Demonstrate proficiency in administration of medications and safely accessing venous circulation
  • Establish and/or maintain a patent airway, oxygenate and ventilate any patient
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level paramedic in the state of North Carolina
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the role of entry-level paramedic in the state of North Carolina

Emergency Medical Science — Bridge Resources

EMS Bridge Admission Fact Sheet

HSWP Admission Comparison Grid

Curriculum Guide

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACA 111 (or ACA 122) 
College Student Success
n/a 1 0 0 1 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (or BIO 168 and BIO 169 — recommended option for transfer to a four-year institution)** Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1, either BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology 4 2 0 6 5
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 0 0 3 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Prerequisites: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: MAT 043
2 2 0 4 3
Total Semester Hours 10 4 0 14 12
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
EMS 210 Advanced Patient Assessment Prerequisite: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisites: EMS 122, 130, 131, 160 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
EMS 235 EMS Management  Prerequisite: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisites: EMS 240, 241, 270 and 285 or admission to EMS Bridge program
2 0 0 2 2
Total Semester Hours 6 3 0 9 7
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
Human/Fine Arts Elective  varies 3 0 0 3 3
EMS 150 Emergency Vehicles and EMS Communication Prerequisite: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisites: EMS 221, 260, PSY 150 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
EMS 285 EMS Capstone Prerequisites: EMS 220, EMS 250, and EMS 260 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisites: EMS 235, 240, 241 and 270 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
Total Semester Hours 8 6 0 14 10
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate in Applied Science 29*

*Upon meeting all requirements and admission to the EMS Bridge program, the student will receive 43 hours of proficiency credit toward the EMS AAS degree to represent the EMS major hours for EMT – Paramedic coursework that are not required as part of the EMS Bridge program.

Twenty-five percent of the credits for the EMS program must be completed at COA (minimum 18 credit hours).

**Four-year institutions determine their acceptance of transfer courses. Students should check with the four-year institution they plan to attend to see if this option will be accepted.