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

Paramedic Program Outcomes Data

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
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
EMS 110 EMT 8,9
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
 Credit Hours17-18
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
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2
 Credit Hours14
EMS 210 Advanced Patient Assessment 2
EMS 220 Cardiology II 3
EMS 221 EMS Clinical Practicum II 2
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours10
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 Hours69-70

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

The Emergency Medical Science AGE Pathway offers students a place to begin their journey toward a career in Emergency Medical Science.  The AGE pathway gives students the opportunity to complete all of the general education courses required in the Emergency Medical Science program.  After completion of these courses, students who choose to continue in to the degree program will be able to focus on Emergency Medical Science specific courses.

For more information, please contact:  Melanie Alexander

AGE Pathway

ACA 111College Student Success1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
PSY 150General Psychology3
Humanities *3
Elective *40
Total Credit Hours64

*Humanities list

Choose 3 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3

*Elective list

Choose 40 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
ART 116Survey of American Art3
ART 117Non-Western Art History3
BIO 110Principles of Biology4
BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
BIO 140Environmental Biology3
BIO 140AEnvironmental Biology Lab1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
BIO 165Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 166Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 275Microbiology4
BUS 110Introduction to Business3
BUS 115Business Law I3
BUS 137Principles of Management3
BUS 228Business Statistics3
CHM 131Introduction to Chemistry3
CHM 131AIntroduction to Chemistry Lab1
CHM 132Organic and Biochemistry4
CHM 151General Chemistry I4
CHM 152General Chemistry II4
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
CIS 115Introduction to Programming and Logic3
CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 141Corrections3
COM 231Public Speaking3
CSC 134C++ Programming3
CSC 139Visual BASIC Programming3
CSC 151JAVA Programming3
CTS 115Information Systems Business Concepts3
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 252Principles of Macroeconomics3
EDU 216Foundations of Education3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
ENG 113Literature-Based Research3
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
ENG 231American Literature I3
ENG 232American Literature II3
ENG 233Major American Writers3
ENG 241British Literature I3
ENG 242British Literature II3
ENG 251Western World Literature I3
ENG 252Western World Literature II3
ENG 253The Bible As Literature3
HEA 110Personal Health/Wellness3
HIS 111World Civilizations I3
HIS 112World Civilizations II3
HIS 121Western Civilization I3
HIS 122Western Civilization II3
HIS 131American History I3
HIS 132American History II3
HIS 236North Carolina History3
HUM 110Technology and Society3
HUM 115Critical Thinking3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 121The Nature of America3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
HUM 180International Cultural Exploration3
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
MAT 152Statistical Methods I4
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra4
MAT 172Precalculus Trigonometry4
MAT 263Brief Calculus4
MAT 271Calculus I4
MAT 272Calculus II4
MAT 273Calculus III4
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
PED 111Physical Fitness I1
PED 113Aerobics I1
PED 120Walking for Fitness1
PED 121Walk, Jog, Run1
PED 125Self-Defense: Beginning1
PHI 215Philosophical Issues3
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics3
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1
PHY 151College Physics I4
PHY 152College Physics II4
POL 120American Government3
POL 210Comparative Government3
PSY 150General Psychology3
PSY 237Social Psychology3
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3
PSY 263Educational Psychology3
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 111Eastern Religions3
REL 112Western Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 213Sociology of the Family3
SOC 232Social Context of Aging3
SPA 111Elementary Spanish I3
SPA 112Elementary Spanish II3
SPA 141Culture and Civilization3
SPA 161Cultural Immersion3
SPA 181Spanish Lab 11
SPA 182Spanish Lab 21
SPA 211Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 212Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 281Spanish Lab 31
SPA 282Spanish Lab 41