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2023-2024 General Catalog Archived 
2023-2024 General Catalog Archived [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Science, A.A.S.

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Total credit hours: 69

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a 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.

The goal of the EMS program is 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.

This program option allows students to earn their initial EMT and paramedic credentials. Courses are offered on both Davidson and Davie campuses.

Program Director: Chelsea Wells

Program Outcomes:

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.

Program Requirements


The Davidson-Davie Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  Students who successfully complete the Paramedic program are eligible to sit for the National Registry exam.

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

Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2020.
Retention 75%
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 83% on 1st attempt
Job Placement 83%

Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2019.
Retention 90.5%
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 94.7% on 1st attempt
Job Placement 94.7%

Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2018.
Retention 40%
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 100% on the 1st attempt
Job Placement 100% 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the EMS program must have completed the EMS program’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores. Applicants for admission must have graduated from high school or have an Adult High School (AHS) Diploma or have passed the High School Equivalency with an equivalency certification which meets minimum requirements set by the North Carolina Office of EMS. Official high school transcript and copy of AHS Diploma/High School Equivalency Certificate must be on file in the Admissions Office. 

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 EMT educational program and hold either 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  

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.

Clinical Clearance Requirements

A criminal background check, drug screen submit, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. 

If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all EMS prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Technical Standards

In addition to Davidson-Davie 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 program student handbook. Emergency Medical Science Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)  

Transfer Options

The decision regarding transfer credit for EMS courses is made by the Program Director, in consultation with members of the Emergency Medical Science faculty. Transfer credit must be evaluated by the program and is not guaranteed.

Curriculum Guide

See below for an example of a full time pathway.

Once students start EMS-122, they MUST stay continuously enrolled in EMS prefix courses.

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