Emergency Medical Science

Contact(s): Scott Shew

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Admissions Checklist

Characteristics of Paramedics

Paramedics have fulfilled prescribed requirements by a credentialing agency to practice the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through the performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.

Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. Paramedics recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources.

Paramedics strive to maintain high quality, reasonable cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As an advocate for patients, paramedics seek to be proactive in affecting long term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations. The emerging roles and responsibilities of the Paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the Paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial treatment provider.

Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers. Paramedics recognize the importance of research and actively participate in the design, development, evaluation, and publication of research. Paramedics seek to take part in life-long professional development, peer evaluation and assume an active role in professional and community organizations.

Course work includes instruction in medical and trauma patient assessment, basic and advanced airway management, pathophysiology, pharmacology, cardiology and electrocardiography, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, patients with special challenges, obstetrics, pediatrics, EMS management, and clinical and field internship rotations.

Employment opportunities include private, hospital-based, and third-party Emergency Medical Services.

Program Goal:

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College a properly completed Application for Admission to the Emergency Medical Science Program.
  2. Submit to the SCC Admissions Office an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for graduation and official post-secondary transcripts for all institutions attended.  A high school equivalency certificate indicating a passing score or an Adult High School diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma.
  3. Complete the placement test (NCDAP, ACCUPLACER, etc.). If test results indicate a need for developmental studies, all developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in the Emergency Medical Science program. Applicants having already completed ENG 111 and an approved college math course may be exempt from placement testing. Placement test scores older than 5 years are not accepted.
  4. For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the Emergency Medical Science program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.
  5. Submit a properly completed medical form (supplied by the Admissions Office) after acceptance to the program. The medical form is to be completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner and then uploaded per instructions by the date given on the conditional acceptance letter (supplied by the Admissions Office).
  6. Submit current CPR certification for healthcare providers that is endorsed by the American Heart Association.  Current CPR certification is required to be maintained throughout the student’s attendance in the EMS program. (This should be submitted and uploaded by following the instructions provided by the Admissions Office.)

Background Checks/Drug Screening

Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and possibly a fingerprint check after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training.

Based on the results of the checks, hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility, resulting in the student's inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement.

Acceptance Procedure

The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program accepts a maximum of 20 students each year. Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 through 4 of the admission requirements. The applicants will be ranked in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps.

Applicants who apply to the EMS program after the 20 seats are filled will be placed on an alternate list in the order in which they completed all admission requirements. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance, those applicants on the alternate list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll.

If an applicant whose name appears on the alternate list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit another application in order to be considered for admission the following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year).

Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wishes to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

Readmission to the EMS program requires a waiting period of one full school year if you withdraw from the EMS program during the fall semester.

Readmission to the SCC EMS program has a time limit of 3 years from the semester of withdrawal for any continuing student*. (Example - if you withdraw in March, 2017, you must be readmitted by January, 2020 in order to attempt completion of the program**)

*student must successfully pass any reentry competencies

**any new admission guidelines will apply


Emergency Medical Science – Associate in Applied Science – A45340

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2
EMS 110 EMT 8
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
 Credit Hours16
EMS 122 EMS Clinical Practicum I 1
EMS 130 Pharmacology 4
EMS 131 Advanced Airway Management 2
EMS 160 Cardiology I 2
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
 Credit Hours12
EMS 220 Cardiology II 3
EMS 221 EMS Clinical Practicum II 2
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
EMS 231 EMS Clinical Practicum III 3
EMS 240 Patients With Special Challenges 2
EMS 250 Medical Emergencies 4
EMS 260 Trauma Emergencies 2
EMS 270 Life Span Emergencies 3
 Credit Hours14
EMS 235 EMS Management 2
EMS 241 EMS Clinical Practicum IV 4
EMS 285 EMS Capstone 2
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours70

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.