Time to Complete: 2 Years
Start Term: Fall
Location: Davidson & Davie Campuses
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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.
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.
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.
This program option allows students to earn their initial EMT and paramedic credentials.
69 Credit Hours: $5,244.00
Student Fees: $386.25
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
Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2018:
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 100% on the 1st attempt
Job Placement 100%
Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2019:
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 94.7% on 1st attempt
Job Placement 94.7%
Outcomes for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2020
NC Paramedic Credentialing Exam Pass Rate 83% on 1st attempt
Job Placement 83%
Davidson-Davie Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Davidson-Davie Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
In North Carolina, to become an EMT, you must complete an initial course approved by the NC Office of EMS (NCOEMS). Upon completing this course, you then take the credentialing exam administered by the NCOEMS or the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). Initial courses offered at Davidson-Davie Community College are approved by NCOEMS. These courses are offered in the continuing education pathway or the curriculum pathway.
What are the entry requirements to take the EMT Course?
To take the EMT course:
In North Carolina, to become a Paramedic, you must complete an initial course approved by the NC Office of EMS (NCOEMS). Initial courses offered at Davidson-Davie Community College are approved by NCOEMS. These courses are offered in the continuing education pathway or the curriculum pathway. In addition, you must complete college-level anatomy and physiology course that meets or exceeds the requirements listed in the Combined Course Library for the NC Community College System. Currently accepted courses include BIO-163, BIO 165 & 166, BIO 169 & 169, or their equivalent on the curriculum pathway or EMS-3163 on the continuing education pathway.
What are the requirements to take the Paramedic Course?
Students wishing to take the paramedic course must have the following:
Students taking classes on the curriculum pathway are officially enrolled and accepted as students of Davidson-Davie Community College into the AAS in Emergency Medical Science program of study. These students take EMS-110 (Initial EMT) and EMS-150 (Driving and Communication) in the fall semester. Students are enrolled in paramedic courses in the spring semester after completing these courses, starting with EMS 122. Once students start EMS-122, they MUST stay continuously enrolled in EMS prefix courses. While taking the core paramedic courses, students also take general education courses required for their degree. Students will complete BIO-168 and BIO-169 as part of their general education classes before completing their EMS courses. These courses typically meet Monday through Thursday for 2.5 hours each day. The college academic calendar is followed for the scheduling of these courses. Students enrolling in the curriculum program should expect to be enrolled in coursework from Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters to complete their AAS Degree.
What is the cost for the curriculum program?
Tuition and fees are regulated by the NC General Assembly. See our latest tuition and fee schedule for the Davidson-Davie. Additionally, the books and supplies for the EMT Program are approximately $188 and around $650 for the paramedic courses.
Is financial aid available for the curriculum pathway?
Because students are enrolled in a degree-seeking program, they would be eligible for any institutional financial aid as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Students utilizing the continued education pathway complete the same initial education program as the curriculum students, however, the timing and method of delivery for these courses can be more varied. For instance, EMS-110 (EMT) is only offered in the fall semester each year on the 2.5-hour Monday through Thursday schedule. The EMS-110 equivalent, EMS-4200, is offered as a night class and hybrid weekend class during Fall and Spring, and a “fast-track” Summer course that is hybrid weekends. Our Paramedic courses are offered on various schedules with start times occurring throughout the year. Please visit the EMS, EMT and Paramedic Programming page on the college website to see our upcoming continuing education offerings.
Is financial aid available for the continuing education pathway?
Students in the continuing education pathway are not eligible for traditional institutional financial aid because they are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program. However, tuition for an initial EMT is $189.50 total and a paramedic is $379 ($189.50 x 2 blocks). If you are affiliated with a public safety agency in NC, you may qualify for fee-exempt status, waiving $180 from your tuition. Additionally, some grant programs and apprenticeships may be available for these programs as well.
What if I complete the continuing education pathway and want to complete my degree?
We offer an AAS in Emergency Medical Science bridging option for students who hold an EMS certification and wish to seek an AAS degree. Credit can be issued after supplying the program director with a copy of your credential. You must then meet the remaining requirements listed in the catalog for degree conferral.
Can I enroll in the bridging option while taking the continuing education pathway?
Yes! You just need to apply and be accepted to the college as you would with any other degree-seeking program. You would select the AAS in EMS Bridging Option as your program of study and then can begin taking the required courses. Once you complete the course and obtain your credential, credit can then be issued toward completing your degree.
How do I enroll in the EMS Bridging Degree?
There are several steps. They are best explained by reading our How to Register for the EMS Bridging Degree? information.
The hospital systems we partner with for clinical experience at the AEMT or Paramedic level require several vaccines. There is not currently a vaccine requirement for EMR and EMT courses. There are hospital system requirements to allow students to rotate there for clinicals. At present, the EMS agencies we partner with do not have a specific list of required vaccines.
What about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
This again is required by the hospital systems to attend clinical rotations. These requirements only apply to AEMT and Paramedic students.
Can I get an exemption for these vaccines?
There is a process through our hospital partners for faith-based and medical-based exemptions. Please confer with the clinical coordinator once your class starts for specifics on this process. Please understand there are hospital requirements. Your attendance at hospital clinical rotations is required for program completion. Therefore, failure to get cleared by the hospital systems will result in removal from course.