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Emergency Medical Science

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2017 EMS Program. The Deadline is September 15, 2016. Please see new Admissions Information below.

In the event there are more candidates for the E.M.S. A.A.S. program than capacity allows, preference will be given to those who meet the Minimum Admission Requirements (MARs) and submit the MARs Checklist to Student Records by the published deadline.  MARs Checklists will be reviewed in the order they are received in Student Records.

When minutes — even seconds — make the difference between life and death, CVCC's Emergency Medical Science program can prepare you to be a real-life hero.

"There is no job more rewarding than knowing you've saved someone's life."

Ultimately, students test their knowledge in real-life clinical and internship settings. Six emergency medical services and various medical facilities serve as training grounds. Tying together the experience are experienced faculty and preceptors who supervise the students' activities.

Your assignment: Reach your victims, stabilize them, and transport them safely to the hospital emergency room.
EMS studentsEvery day on the job as a paramedic is a journey into uncharted territory. Motor vehicle crashes, natural disasters, industrial and recreational accidents, heart attacks and crime scenes are only a sampling of the situations where paramedics are called to action. Wherever and whenever emergencies happen, paramedics stand ready to respond.

At the scene of an accident and en route to the hospital, paramedics administer advanced life saving medical care using state-of-the-art equipment. That might call for I.V. medications or defibrillation to shock the heart into beating normally. Students learn these skills in both the classroom and a laboratory setting at CVCC. State-of-the-art anatomically correct simulators and other technologically advanced equipment provide students with the most up-to-date clinical learning experience.

Quick thinking and adaptability are key traits in career paramedics. One of the first people to respond to emergencies, paramedics are educated for a demanding, fast-paced and rewarding career. Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you ready to accept the challenge? You may have what it takes to enter the challenging field of Emergency Medical Science. Employment opportunities include:

  • Ambulance services
  • Fire and rescue agencies
  • Air medical services
  • Specialty areas in hospitals, industry, educational institutions and government agencies
» Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)    


The Catawba Valley Community College Emergency Medical Science Curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

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

Program Pass Rates and General Statistics:

NR Written and Practical Exam: 71.43%

State Written Exam:               100%

Retention average:                 57.75%

Positive Job Placement:           96.15%

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Updated 08.18.2016: Admissions Student Services