Jun 04, 2020  
2018-2019 General Catalog Archived 
2018-2019 General Catalog Archived [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Science, A.A.S.

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A45340  Total credit hours: 66

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.

The Emergency Medical Science student should:

  1. Perform rapid systematic patient assessment to patients of any age and diverse cultural backgrounds to determine and implement safe, ethical, legal, and appropriate care, utilizing basic and sophisticated medical devices, and the therapeutic pharmacology at entry-level competence.
  2. During lab simulations, clinical and field internship experiences safely utilize situational appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with current infection control policies at entry-level competence.
  3. Demonstrate professional and effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written communications techniques at entry-level competence.
  4. Through lab simulations and actual driving evolutions build a foundation for the safe operation of emergency vehicles in routine and emergency situations.
  5. Perform as a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Technical Standards

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Emergency Medical Science. These technical standards are published in the program student handbook. EMS Technical Standards  (PDF)


The Davidson County Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 
Rowlett, TX 75088 
FAX 214-703-8992

Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2017.
Retention 42.2%
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 94.4% on 1st attempt
Job Placement 87.8%

Outcomes  for the Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2018.
Retention 40%
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rates 100% on the 1st attempt
Job Placement 100%

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the EMS program must have completed the college’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores. 

Advanced Standing

The general admission requirements of the College and of the EMS program apply to persons seeking admission into the EMS program with advanced standing. Those applying for advanced standing must have previously completed an EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic educational program and hold either National Registry registration, or a credential from the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Credit may be granted for the following courses, dependent on the level and combination of credentials:

EMS 110 EMS 122 , EMS 130 , EMS 131 , EMS 160 , EMS 220 , EMS 221 , EMS 231 , EMS 240 , EMS 241 , EMS 250 , EMS 260 , EMS 270 , EMS 285 .

Students will be awarded a grade of “T” and credit hours for the courses are awarded. No quality points are awarded and the grade is not included in the grade point average.

Paramedics satisfying the requirements for Advanced Standing will be admitted to the EMS Bridging program. Students admitted to the EMS Bridging program must complete at least 25% of the required semester hours in the EMS program at Davidson County Community College.

Transfer Credit

The decision regarding transfer credit for EMS courses is made by the Program Director and Associate Dean, Health, Wellness, and Public Safety, in consultation with members of the Emergency Medical Science faculty.

Challenge Examinations for EMS Courses

State credentialed EMTs, Advanced EMT, or Paramedics who do not hold National Registry registration or a North Carolina credential may challenge EMS courses appropriate for their training level. Specific information regarding challenge examinations for these courses will be provided to applicants upon request. (Refer to general requirements for more information about requesting Credit by Examination.)

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all EMS prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. 

If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

NOTE: Special legal requirements exist which may limit the ability of an individual to obtain clinical experience, employment, or certification in this field. Prospective students should obtain additional information from an adviser or program director prior to seeking admission.

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