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Emergency Medical Science - Admission Criteria


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). Must be age 18 or older prior to Spring Semester I.
  3. Must possess a valid and active EMT credential defined as a North Carolina credential, National Registry EMT (NREMT) credential or other states' EMS credential. 
  4. Successful completion of ENG 111 or CASPA Reading and Comprehension score above post-secondary level prior to Spring Semester I.
  5. Successful completion of MAT 143 or CASPA Math score above post-secondary level prior to Spring Semester I. 
  6. Be enrolled in EMS Certificate C45430 or C45340CP. Must be enrolled or show evident of completion of ACA 111. Students who already hold current NC EMT or Advanced EMT (state or national) may be eligible for advanced placement credit for EMS 110 at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Submit a copy of a current/valid North Carolina drivers license.

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 clinical coordinator by January 31. 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. 31 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.


The Southwestern Community College Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756  Phone: 727.210.2350  To contact CoAEMSP:  8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett TX 75088, Phone: 214.703.8445 FAX: 214.703.8992
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