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Emergency Medical Science/Paramedic

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Emergency Medical Science Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides you 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.

Need first responder, rescue squad or EMS training? Learn about COA’s EMR, EMT, AEMT and paramedic noncredit courses.

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 the Emergency Medical Science 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:

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

Some Health Sciences and Wellness programs may have additional requirements related to required grade-point averages, grades and other progression policies required for graduation. Please see program handbooks for more information.

Resources

EMS Admission Fact Sheet

EMS Handbook

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**) Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1, and 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
EMS 110 EMT Prerequisite: admission to EMS program
Corequisite: BIO 168, ENG 111, ACA 111
6 6 3 15 9
Total Semester Hours 14 8 3 25 18
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Prerequisite: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: MAT 043
2 2 0 4 3
EMS 122 EMS Clinical Practicum I Prerequisite: EMS 110 
Corequisite: EMS 130, 131, 160, 210, BIO 169, MAT 143
0 0 3 3 1
EMS 130 Pharmacology Prerequisite: EMS 110 
Corequisite: EMS 122, 131, 160, 210, BIO 169, MAT 143
3 3 0 6 4
EMS 131 Advanced Airway Management Prerequisite: EMS 110
Corequisite: EMS 122, 130, 160, 210, BIO 169, MAT 143
1 2 0 3 2
EMS 160 Cardiology I Prerequisite: EMS 110
Corequisite:EMS 122, 130, 131, 210, BIO 169, MAT 143
2 3 0 5 3
EMS 210 Advanced Patient Assessment Prerequisite: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisite: EMS 122, 130, 131, 160 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
Total Semester Hours 9 13 3 21 15
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
EMS 150 Emergency Vehicles and EMS Communication Prerequisites: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisite: EMS 221, 260, PSY 150 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
EMS 221 EMS Clinical Practicum II Prerequisite: EMS 121 or 122
Corequisite: EMS 150, 260, PSY 150
0 0 6 6 2
EMS 260 Trauma Emergencies Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130
Corequisites: EMS 150, 221, PSY 150
1 3 0 4 2
Total Semester Hours 5 6 6 17 9
Second Year
Fall 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
Human/Fine Arts Elective varies 3 0 0 3 3
EMS 220 Cardiology II Prerequisite: EMS 122, EMS 130 and EMS 160
Corequisite: EMS 231, 250, ENG 112, Hum/FA Elective
2 3 0 5 3
EMS 231 EMS Clinical Practicum III Prerequisite: EMS 221
Corequisite: EMS 220, 250, ENG 112, Hum/FA Elective
0 0 9 9 3
EMS 250 Medical Emergencies Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130
Corequisite: EMS 220, 231, ENG 112, Hum/FA Elective
3 3 0 6 4
Total Semester Hours 11 6 9 26 16
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
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
EMS 240 Patients with Special Challenges Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130
Corequisites: EMS 235, 241, 270 and 285
1 2 0 3 2
EMS 241 EMS Clinical Practicum IV Prerequisite: EMS 231
Corequisite: EMS 235, 240, 270 and 285
0 0 12 12 4
EMS 270 Life Span Emergencies Prerequisite: EMS 122 and EMS 130
Corequisite: EMS 235, 240, 241 and 285
3 3 0 6 4
EMS 285 EMS Capstone Prerequisite: EMS 220, EMS 250, and EMS 260 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisite: EMS 235, 240, 241 and 270 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
Total Semester Hours 7 8 12 27 14
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 72

**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.