Emergency Medical Science
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are often the first responders to any emergency situation, making split-second decisions that save people’s lives. Central Piedmont offers the opportunity to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science — whether you have no EMS background or are a currently-credentialed paramedic seeking to advance your education — that includes coursework that will allow you to earn your EMT and paramedic certifications.
What You Will Learn
The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) curriculum is designed to provide you with knowledge of emergency medicine and its operations and to prepare you to provide pre-hospital care in a career as an entry-level EMT or paramedic. While in our program, you will acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills in cutting-edge learning environments, including classroom and laboratory instruction. Our core EMS curriculum will focus on EMS management, rescue operations management, and methods of EMS education, giving graduates experience in all facets of EMS leadership. AHA Certification in Health Care Provider CPR is also included in this program.
The EMS associate degree coursework includes general education core courses as well as both EMS 110 (EMT Training) and paramedic training courses. Upon successful completion of the associate degree, you will be eligible to take the North Carolina EMT exam with the NC Office of EMS to be credentialed as an NC EMT - Basic. You will also be eligible for the North Carolina and National Registry Paramedic certification examinations. Additionally, the emergency medical science associate degree program will allow students who are currently certified and employed as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or paramedics the opportunity to advance their careers by strengthening the economic and social life of our students. Those students can receive credit for the current certifications. Upon completion of the Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical science, you will be able to:
- apply for the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services Paramedic certification exam and the National Registry Paramedic certification exam
- communicate professionally and effectively with patients, significant support persons, such as police, fire, and rescue members and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team
- integrate knowledge of the pre-hospital emergency needs of the individual to provide an individual emergency care assessment and a transport decision.
- practice professional emergency medical services behaviors incorporating responsibility and accountability into daily patient care practice
Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.
Why Choose Central Piedmont
The paramedic program of Central Piedmont Community College/Carolinas Medical Center Consortium is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75088
p 214.703.8445 | f 214.703.8992
Our mission is to provide the highest quality EMT and paramedic training. Practical skills are learned through demonstration, simulated lab experiences, and hands-on practice led by credentialed, highly-qualified EMS professional educators. Our EMS program graduates currently have a success rate of 95% on the North Carolina EMT - Basic exam. You will get hands-on experience via two required 12-hour rotations with Mecklenburg EMS as an observer. You will have unique hospital clinical opportunities at our region's level one trauma center; the field internship portion is completed at one of the nation’s top EMS providers. You will have access to services at both facilities including library services at the college as well as the medical college at the medical center. The paramedic consortium program has been extremely successful, with a 100% pass rate on credentialing exams.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.