Emergency Medical Science

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for careers as entry-level paramedics. The program can provide students with an Associate’s Degree, thus allowing them to advance their emergency medical services (EMS) careers.

The curriculum is divided into two paths: traditional and bridge

  1. Traditional path: Students that have no EMS background. 
  2. Bridge path: Currently credentialed paramedics       

While in the program, students will acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills in cutting edge learning environments including classroom and laboratory instruction.  Students have unique hospital clinical opportunities at a regional level one trauma center.  The field internship portion is completed at one of the nation’s top EMS providers.

The 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.   

Students that successfully complete the program will be eligible for the North Carolina and National Paramedic certification examinations. 

Employment opportunities include: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies, fire and rescue agencies, critical care transport services, special events, and government agencies. 

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Emergency Medical Science (A45340)*

Degree Awarded

The Associate of Applied Science Degree - Emergency Medical Science is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • CPCC placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental Studies for English and mathematics classes are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • It is recommended that students meet with an EMS program advisor prior to initial registration.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

The Emergency Medical Science Program is in the Public Safety Division of Central Piedmont Community College. For more information, contact the Division office at 704-330-2722, ext. 3274 or email at emergency.medicalservice@cpcc.edu.

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General Education Requirements
Required Course:
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Research English
Take 3 credits:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Communication
Take 3 credits:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Humanities and Fine Arts
Take 3 credits:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
History of Rock Music
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
Behavioral/Social Sciences
Take 3 credits:3.0
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Mathematics
Take 3 credits:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Major Requirements
Required Courses
EMS 110EMT8.0
BIO 168Anatomy and Physiology I4.0
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II4.0
Medical Terminology
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
Paramedic
EMS 122EMS Clinical Practicum I1.0
EMS 130Pharmacology4.0
EMS 131Advanced Airway Management2.0
EMS 160Cardiology I2.0
EMS 220Cardiology II3.0
EMS 221EMS Clinical Practicum II2.0
EMS 231EMS Clinical Practicum III3.0
EMS 240Patients With Special Challenges2.0
EMS 241EMS Clinical Practicum IV4.0
EMS 250Medical Emergencies4.0
EMS 260Trauma Emergencies2.0
EMS 270Life Span Emergencies3.0
EMS 285EMS Capstone2.0
Select 4.0 credits from the following:4.0
EMS Instructor Methodology
EMS Management
Rescue Scene Management
Emergency Vehicles and EMS Communication
EMS Bridging Course
Total Credits74

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

EMS 110. EMT. 8.0 Credits. Class-6.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic emergency medical care. Topics include preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children, and operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve North Carolina State or National Registry EMT certification.

EMS 120. Advanced EMT. 6.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide the essential information on interventions/treatments appropriate to the Advanced EMT and is required for Advanced EMT certification. Topics include airway management, automatic external defibrillation, cardiac electrophysiology, vascular access, acid-base balance, pharmacology, medical emergencies, traumatic injuries, and fluids and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to properly obtain vascular access, manage medical and trauma patients, utilize simple and advanced airways, and correctly interpret arterial blood gases.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 121. AEMT Clinical Practicum. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the hospital and field internship/clinical experiences required in preparation for the Advanced EMT certification. Emphasis is placed on performing patient assessments, treatments, and interactions appropriate at the Advanced EMT level of care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence at the Advanced EMT skill level.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 122. EMS Clinical Practicum I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the introductory hospital clinical experience for the paramedic student. Emphasis is placed on mastering fundamental paramedic skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence with fundamental paramedic level skills.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 125. EMS Instructor Methodology. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the information needed to develop and instruct EMS courses. Topics include instructional methods, lesson plan development, time management skills, and theories of adult learning. Upon completion, students should be able to teach EMS courses and meet the North Carolina EMS requirements for instructor methodology.

EMS 130. Pharmacology. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental principles of pharmacology and medication administration and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include medical terminology, pharmacological concepts, weights, measures, drug calculations, vascular access for fluids and medication administration and legislation. Upon completion, students should be able to accurately calculate drug dosages, properly administer medications, and demonstrate general knowledge of pharmacology.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 131. Advanced Airway Management. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide advanced airway management techniques and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include respiratory anatomy and physiology, airway/ventilation, adjuncts, surgical intervention, and rapid sequence intubation. Upon completion, students should be able to properly utilize all airway adjuncts and pharmacology associated with airway control and maintenance.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 140. Rescue Scene Management. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces rescue scene management. Topics include response to hazardous material conditions, incident command, and extrication of patients from a variety of situations. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and manage rescue operations based upon initial and follow-up scene assessment.

EMS 150. Emergency Vehicles and EMS Communication. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the principles governing emergency vehicles, maintenance of emergency vehicles, and EMS communication equipment. Topics include applicable motor vehicle laws affecting emergency vehicle operation, defensive driving, collision avoidance techniques, communication systems, and information management systems. Upon completion, students should have a basic knowledge of emergency vehicles, maintenance, and communication needs.

EMS 160AB. Cardiology I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.5. Clinical-0.0. Lab-1.5. Work-0.0

This course introduces the study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, electrophysiology, and basic rhythm interpretation in the monitoring leads. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and interpret basic rhythms. This is the first part of a two course sequence.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 160BB. Cardiology I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.5. Clinical-0.0. Lab-1.5. Work-0.0

This course introduces the study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, electrophysiology, and basic rhythm interpretation in the monitoring leads. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and interpret basic rhythms. This is the second part of a two course sequence.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 160. Cardiology I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, electrophysiology, and basic rhythm interpretation in the monitoring leads. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and interpret basic rhythms.

Prerequisites: Take EMS 110

EMS 220. Cardiology II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an in-depth study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include assessment and treatment of cardiac emergencies, application and interpretation of advanced electrocardiography utilizing the twelve-lead ECG, cardiac pharmacology, and patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to assess and treat patients utilizing American Heart Association guidelines.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122, EMS 130, and EMS 160

EMS 221. EMS Clinical Practicum II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on increasing the proficiency of students' skills and abilities in patient assessments and the delivery of care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122 and EMS 130

EMS 231AB. EMS Clinical Practicum III. 1.5 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-4.5. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the students' skills and abilities in providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 130 and EMS 221

EMS 231BB. EMS Clinical Practicum III. 1.5 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-4.5. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the students' skills and abilities in providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 130 and EMS 221

EMS 231. EMS Clinical Practicum III. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the students' skills and abilities in providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 130 and EMS 221

EMS 235. EMS Management. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course stresses the principles of managing a modern emergency medical service system. Topics include structure and function of municipal governments, EMS grantsmanship, finance, regulatory agencies, system management, legal issues, and other topics relevant to the EMS manager. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the principles of managing emergency medical service delivery systems.

EMS 240. Patients With Special Challenges. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course includes concepts of crisis intervention and techniques of interacting with patients with special challenges and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include appropriate intervention and interaction for neglected, abused, terminally ill, chronically ill, technology assisted, bariatric, physically challenged, mentally challenged, or assaulted patients as well as behavioral emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and manage the care of patients with special challenges.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122 and EMS 130

EMS 241. EMS Clinical Practicum IV. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on mastering the skills/competencies required of the paramedic providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to provide advanced-level patient care as an entry-level paramedic.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 130 and EMS 231

EMS 250. Medical Emergencies. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an in-depth study of medical conditions frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include appropriate interventions/treatments for disorders/diseases/injuries affecting the following systems: respiratory, neurological, abdominal/gastrointestinal, endocrine, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and immunological as well as toxicology, infectious diseases and diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, assess and manage the care of frequently encountered medical conditions based upon initial patient assessment.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122 and EMS 130

EMS 260. Trauma Emergencies. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides in-depth study of trauma including pharmacological interventions for conditions frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include an overview of thoracic, abdominal, genitourinary, orthopedic, neurological, and multi-system trauma, soft tissue trauma of the head, neck, and face as well as environmental emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and manage trauma situations based upon patient assessment and should adhere to standards of care.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122 and EMS 130

EMS 270. Life Span Emergencies. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers medical/ethical/legal issues and the spectrum of age-specific emergencies from conception through death required for paramedic certification. Topics include gynecological, obstetrical, neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric emergencies and pharmacological therapeutics. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and treat age-specific emergencies.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 122 and EMS 130

EMS 280. EMS Bridging Course. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to bridge the knowledge gained in a continuing education paramedic program with the knowledge gained in an EMS curriculum program. Emphasis is placed on patient assessment, advanced electrocardiography utilizing the twelve-lead ECG, advanced pharmacology, the appropriate intervention and treatment of multi-system injuries/disorders, ethics, and NC laws and rules. Upon completion, students should be able to perform advanced patient assessment and practice skills.

EMS 285. EMS Capstone. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to demonstrate problem-solving skills as a team leader in simulated patient scenarios and is required for paramedic certification. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, integration of didactic and psychomotor skills, and effective performance in simulated emergency situations. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and appropriately respond to a variety of EMS-related events.

Prerequisites: Take All: EMS 220, EMS 250, and EMS 260