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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.

Accreditation Status

The COA EMS/Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is not a Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation status. It is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s); however, it is not a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Contact CoAEMSP:

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445

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
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Prerequisite: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1 2 2 0 4 3
EMS 110 EMT Prerequisite: admission to EMS program 6 6 3 15 9
Total Semester Hours 12 8 3 23 16
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
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
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
EMS 120 Advanced EMT Prerequisite: EMS 110 
Corequisite: EMS 121
4 6 0 10 6
EMS 121 AEMT Clinical Practicum Prerequisite: EMS 110
Corequisite: EMS 120
0 0 6 6 2
Total Semester Hours 11 8 6 25 16
First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EMS 160 Cardiology I Prerequisite: EMS 120
Corequisite: EMS 130, 210, 221
2 3 0 5 3
EMS 130 Pharmacology Prerequisite: EMS 120
Corequisite: EMS 160, 210, 221
3 3 0 6 4
EMS 210 Adv. Patient Assessment Prerequisite: EMS 110 or admission to EMS Bridge program
Corequisties: EMS 130, 160, 221 or admission to EMS Bridge program
1 3 0 4 2
EMS 221 EMS Clinical Practicum II Prerequisite: EMS 120
Corequisties: EMS 130, 160, 210
0 0 6 6 2
Total Semester Hours 6 9 6 21 11
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
EMS 220 Cardiology II Prerequisite: EMS 160, 130, 210, 221
Corequisite: EMS 231, 250, 260
2 3 0 5 3
EMS 231 EMS Clinical Practicum III Prerequisite: EMS 221
Corequisite: EMS 220, 250, 260
0 0 9 9 3
EMS 250 Medical Emergencies Prerequisites: EMS 160, 130, 210, 221
Corequisite: EMS 220, 231, 260
3 3 0 6 4
EMS 260 Trauma Emergencies Prerequisites: EMS 160, 130, 210, 221
Corequisite: EMS 220, 231, 250
3 3 0 6 4
Total Semester Hours 9 9 9 27 15
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
Human/Fine Arts Elective varies 3 0 0 3 3
EMS 240 Patients with Special Challenges Prerequisites: EMS 220, 231, 250, 260
Corequisites: EMS 241, 270, 285
1 2 0 3 2
EMS 241 EMS Clinical Practicum IV Prerequisite: EMS 231
Corequisites: EMS 240, 270 and 285
0 0 12 12 4
EMS 270 Life Span Emergencies Prerequisite: EMS 220, 231, 250, 260
Corequisites: EMS 240, 241 and 285
3 3 0 6 4
EMS 285 EMS Capstone Prerequisite: EMS 220, 231, 250, 260
Corequisite: : EMS 240, 241 and 270
1 3 0 4 2
Total Semester Hours 8 8 12 28 15
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 73

**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.