Emergency Medical Science (EMS) is an education in a branch of medicine that focuses on having a general knowledge in many other fields of medicine and the capacity to provide emergency care to critically ill or injured patients in order to stabilize them for further care. The professionals within this discipline are sought for many positions in the healthcare field, such as: ambulance services, flight crews, emergency rooms, urgent cares, doctor’s offices, and more. The opportunities in emergency medicine are as diverse as the skills these professionals provide.
There are three levels in the emergency medical field: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic. Each level is a versatile and adept healthcare provider with an expanding set of skills and knowledge as students climb up the different levels. The primary difference between each level is the amount of education and the skills they are able to perform.
Once certification is obtained, students find employment in a variety of places and function as an EMT, AEMT, or paramedic.
Yes. CVCC is offering an Emergency Medical Science Paramedic Advancement Certificate program for those who already have their valid paramedic credential. This program is mostly online and, after proving proficiency, students will be able to take a fewer number classes to earn their degree. The courses in the program are designed for professionals in the field and will offer advanced medical education and the option to take a management or trainer course.
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option in this curriculum.
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Science (EMS) may transfer to BS in Emergency Medical Care at Western Carolina University.
For more information about the EMS program, contact:
EMS Program Director
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4347
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
EMS Admissions and Advising
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216