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
To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor
(skills), and affective (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 and Procedures
Applicants seeking admission in to the Emergency Medical Science Associate Degree
program must complete steps 1 through 4 between October 1, and July 31 in order to be considered for acceptance for the Fall Semester.
- Submit a completed application electronically for the Emergency Medical Science program
(A45340) by the deadline prior to the Fall semester you wish to enroll by visiting
the SCC homepage, www.stanly.edu, and clicking the link "new students start here".
Application submissions are free of charge.
- If you wish to take general education courses for the EMS program prior to admission,
then an additional application must be completed as an Associate in General Education
(AGE) with Emergency Medical Science interest applicant for the term and year you
plan to begin general education courses. Please note this does not take the place
of an application for the Emergency Medical Science program, nor is it required to
be enrolled in the Emergency Medical Science
- For questions on completing an application, contact the Eagle's One Stop at 704-991-0123
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit to the Admissions Office an official high school transcript and official post-secondary
transcripts for all institutions attended.
- Applicants that obtained a GED/Adult High School diploma must submit an official GED/AHS
transcript and a high school transcript even if you did not complete high school.
- To track your transcripts for processing view your WebAdvisor. For questions related
to transfer credits call the records department at 704-991-0331.
- Prerequisites - Complete one course of high school (or better) Biology and Algebra,
with a grade of “C” or higher:
- Submit evidence of one unit of high school biology and algebra with a grade of “C”
or higher or the equivalent at a post-secondary institution (BIO 090 or higher, MAT 070/DMA 040
- Applicants wishing to complete these credits at other colleges should contact the
Admissions Office at Stanly Community College to ensure that the credits are acceptable.
- To determine if you received credit for these courses (biology and algebra), please
contact your success coach.
- Prove college readiness:
- Be eligible to enroll in ENG 111 and MAT 143 WITHOUT a co-requisite. The following
links explains college placement https://www.stanly.edu/current-students/academic-planning/resources-course-placement and provide a complete list of eligible placement tests https://www.stanly.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/2018/placement_testing_guide.pdf.
- Maintain 2.0 GPA:
- For the applicant who 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.
After conditional acceptance is granted by the admissions office, applicants must
successfully complete the following:
- Medical Form, Background Check, and Drug Screen:
- Submit a properly completed SCC Medical Form. The medical form is to be completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant,
or nurse practitioner by the given on the conditional acceptance letter.
- Submit to Criminal Background Check.
- Submit to a Drug Screen.
- CPR Certification:
Submit current CPR certification for healthcare providers that is endorsed by the
American Heart Association. Current CPR certification is required throughout the student's
attendance in the EMS program.
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.
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
The Stanly Community College Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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