Emergency Medical Science

What you can get

Emergency Medical Science
: Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Emergency Medical Science: Associate in Applied Science Degree Program (Bridging Option)
Emergency Medical Science
: Certificate Program
 - EMT
Certificate – Emergency Medical Science (High School Career and College Promise)

What it's about

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate degree for individuals desiring an opportunity for career enhancement.

Jobs available

  • EMT
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Flight Paramedic
  • Paramedic EMT
  • Dispatcher
  • Multi Care Technician
  • First Responder
  • Paramedic Supervisor

Courses you'll take

The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

What you'll gain

Students progressing through the program may be eligible to apply for both state and national certification exams. Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Contact: Dandie_Pennell@DavidsonCCC.edu


The Emergency Medical Science student should:

  1. Perform rapid systematic patient assessment to patients of any age and diverse cultural backgrounds to determine and implement safe, ethical, legal, and appropriate care, utilizing basic and sophisticated medical devices, and the therapeutic pharmacology at entry-level competence.
  2. During lab simulations, clinical and field internship experiences safely utilize situational appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with current infection control policies at entry-level competence.
  3. Demonstrate professional and effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written communications techniques at entry-level competence.
  4. Through lab simulations and actual driving evolutions build a foundation for the safe operation of emergency vehicles in routine and emergency situations.
  5. Perform as a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.


The Davidson County Community College 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.

The Davidson County Community College Paramedic program has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Emergency Medical Science. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Policies Regarding EMS Admission with Advanced Standing

The general admission requirements of the College and of the EMS program apply to persons seeking admission into the EMS program with advanced standing. Those applying for advanced standing must have previously completed an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-Paramedic educational program and hold National Registry registration, or a credential from the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Credit may be granted for the following courses, dependent on the level and combination of credentials:

EMS 110, EMS 121, EMS 122, EMS 130, EMS 131, EMS 160, EMS 220, EMS 221, EMS 231, EMS 240, EMS 241, EMS 250, EMS 260, EMS 270, EMS 285.

Students will be awarded a grade of “T” and credit hours for the courses are awarded. No quality points are awarded and the grade is not included in the grade point average.

Transfer Credit for EMS Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for EMS courses is made by the Program Director and Associate Dean, Health, Wellness, and Public Safety, in consultation with members of the Emergency Medical Science faculty. 

Paramedics satisfying the requirements for Advanced Standing will be admitted to the EMS Bridging option. Students admitted to the the EMS Bridging option must complete at least 18 hours of the required courses in the EMS program at Davidson County Community College.

Challenge Examinations for EMS Courses 

State credentialed EMTs, EMT-Intermediates, or Paramedics who do not hold National Registry registration or a North Carolina credential may challenge EMS courses appropriate for their certification level. Specific information regarding challenge examinations for these courses will be provided to applicants upon request. (Refer to general requirements for more information about requesting Credit by Examination.)

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite EMS course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Probation and Suspension

EMS students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College.  Additional criteria for EMS apply.

Since requirements for progression in the EMS program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. 

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for Conditionally Accepted Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. Click here to carefully review the Clinical Training Requirements for Nursing Programs and the History and Physical Form for Nursing Programs.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Conditionally Accepted Students Allied Health Clinical Training Requirements

Hospitals and other clinical sites require documentation of immunization information, criminal background checks, and 12-panel urine drug screen results. DCCC policy requires this information to be on file for each student before they can begin their clinical experience.

Clinical Training Requirements Checklist for Conditionally Accepted Allied Health Applicants

History & Physical Form