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Emergency Medical Science

Ever dream of becoming a paramedic where your workspace is in an ambulance, emergency department or specialized medical response unit? The Emergency Medical Science Program will help you realize your dream and become an emergency medical services provider.

Emergency Medical Services is a service industry professionals, meaning our job involves serving the public. We provide medical care services for our customers, who are our patients. Additionally, we provide emotional support for our customers, who are our patients, their family members, and other bystanders. Serving the public involves interaction with a very diverse population. Professionalism, kindness, a non-judgmental attitude, and attention to detail are but a few of the necessary requirements to be an effective and quality healthcare provider. Our job is to not only provide medical and trauma care for our patients but also to truly care for our patients while caring for our own physical and mental wellbeing.

Cape Fear Community College provides high-quality instruction through intense classroom, scenario-based labs, clinical and EMS experience and group project methodologies. Students will use state-of-the-art simulation equipment to gain the assessment and critical thinking skills necessary to provide care to those in need.

The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) degree program provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as an entry-level 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.

Related Information

The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) bridge program is designed for currently credentialed paramedics to obtain their Associate in Applied Science degree in EMS. This primarily online program provides formal education while providing college credit for most of the EMS-prefixed courses by way of your current North Carolina or National Registry Paramedic. This program allows students to complete the general education requirements at their own pace.

Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program

Accreditation Information

The Cape Fear Community College Curriculum Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Year Pass Rate Positive Placement Retention
2020 100% first attempt 95.7% 88.5%
2019 90% first attempt 90% 76.9%

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Emergency Medical Science Course Information

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