Program of Study

Emergency Medical Science, AAS


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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I
EMS 110  EMT 6 8
MED 121 Medical Terminology I 3 0 0 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II 3 0 0 3
    Totals 16 9 19
Spring Semester 1
BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II
EMS 122  EMS Clinical Practicum I 0 0 3 1
EMS 130  Pharmacology I for EMS 3 4
EMS 131  Advanced Airway Management
EMS 160 Cardiology I 1 3 0 2
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
    Totals 10 13 3 16
Summer Semester 1
EMS 220 Cardiology II 2 3 0 3
EMS 221  EMS Clinical Practicum II 2
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
    Totals 5 3 6 8
Fall Semester 2
EMS 240  Patients with Special Challenges 2
EMS 231  EMS Clinical Practicum III
EMS 250  Medical Emergencies 3 3 0 4
EMS 260  Trauma Emergencies
EMS 270 Life Span Emergencies 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
    Totals 10 11 17
Spring Semester 2
EMS 235 EMS Management 2 0 0 2
EMS 241  EMS Clinical Practicum IV 12 4
EMS 285  EMS Capstone
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
    Totals 9 3 12  14


The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the spring of each year. Applications and supporting documents must be completed and submitted by Phase I deadline. If all slots have not been filled after the deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by Oct. 31
The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Emergency Medical Science AAS Degree (A45340) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  Exception: current high school students
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
    1. Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon Campuses and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at 828.339.4332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, it is recommended that you enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework prior to the program deadline. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.  
    2. Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See Admissions section for additional details.
    3. Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course.
  6. Must take the TEAS - Allied Health exam.  (See details regarding the TEAS - Allied Health exam at 
  7. Submit a copy of a current/valid North Carolina drivers license.
  8. Be 18 years of age by the end of the first semester of the program.  Exception: current high school students must turn 18 within one year of completion of EMS 110.
  9. Special legal requirements exist which may limit the ability of an individual to obtain clinical experience, employment, or certification in this field. Prospective students should obtain additional information from a program faculty member prior to seeking admission. 


Those individuals who have completed all the components of Phase I requirements are scheduled for a personal interview.  Applicants will be notified of date and time. After the interview process is complete, the top applicants will be accepted into the program.

Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office, they will be fully accepted into the program. Accepted applicants will receive health forms in their provisional acceptance package. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. These forms should be sent to the program coordinator by January 5. Failure to complete the health packet may result in relinquishment of full acceptance status.


  1. The EMS program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the spring of each year. Applications must be completed and supporting documents submitted by Oct. 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program. Furthermore, if the number of prospective students who complete Phase I requirements exceeds the number of available slots, the college may use a competitive admission/selection process to include a personal interview.
  2. Selected learning experiences (clinical education) will be provided at cooperating emergency medical care providers. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these sites.
  3. The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program.
  4. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Admissions Office.
  5. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  6. Applicants may take non-EMS, general education and related course work prior to being accepted into the program.
  7. All students accepted into the program must successfully obtain EMT-Basic certification upon completion of the first semester. Failure to do so will prevent progression through the program.
  8. Students who already hold current EMT or Advanced EMT(state or national) may be eligible for advanced placement credit.
  9. Current high school students meeting program requirements may only be accepted into EMS certificate program.

Bridging Program Course Work
The Emergency Medical Science Bridging program is designed to allow a currently certified, non-degreed EMT paramedic to earn a two-year associate of applied science degree in Emergency Medical Science. Bridging students have attained a Paramedic certification through a continuing education certificate program and passed the North Carolina National Registry, or another state certification examination. 

To be eligible for the program, students must:

  1. Meet SCC's institutional requirements for admission as an EMS student.
  2. Hold current certification as a Paramedic. 
  3. Hold current certificate in the following:
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    • International Trauma Life Support or Prehospital Trauma Life Support (ITLS-PHTLS)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
      • (The certifications above are core competence skills in EMS that are the equivalent of 45 semester hours of EMS credit).
  4. Two letters of reference will be required: one from an immediate supervisor and one from the service's Medical Director attesting to the individual's competence.
  5. Minimum 1,000 hours as field medic completed at time of application.
General Education Courses
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3 0 4
BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3 0 0 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3 0 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
    Totals 20 8 0 23

Emergency Medical Science Courses
EMS 240 Patients with Special Challenges 1 2 0 2
EMS 235 EMS Management 2 0 0 2
EMS 280 EMS Bridging Course 2 2 0 3
    Totals 5 4 0 7
Total Semester Hour Credits: 30


  1. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
  2. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year.  The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.



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Program Advisor(s)

Tony Belcher
Emergency Medical Science Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4309
Eric Hester
Emergency Medical Science Program Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4277