Instructor and two EMS students

Emergency Medical Science – Associate in Applied Science Degree (A45340)

Want to be a paramedic?

If you thrive on helping others, having a variety of workplace experiences, and think an ambulance is an ideal workplace, consider a career as a Paramedic. It’s challenging, fast-paced, and rewarding. It also offers an excellent wage and the opportunity to advance within the healthcare industry. Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence-based practice under medical oversight.

Your first semester of training focuses on earning your Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) credentials before moving on to the final four semesters of the degree program. Through a mix of classroom and practical training, you will learn to access patients, treat wounds, splint traumatic injuries, provide intravenous (IV) therapy, administer medication, electrical therapy, and more. Students currently holding a valid EMT or Advanced EMT credential can get credit for certain EMS college courses.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational, and government agencies.

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If this sounds like you, we invite you to learn more about earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science and begin working as a Paramedic in as little as five semesters at BCC. Review the curriculum outline below, apply today or contact us to learn more. Note: If you’re already a Paramedic with current credentials but haven’t yet earned your degree, consider our Emergency Medical Science Degree Bridge Option. The EMS Bridge option can earn you up to 48 credit hours towards your EMS degree.


Brunswick Community College’s Emergency Medical Science program is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Minimum Expectations goal statement:
To prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

The Brunswick 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 National Registry’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
To contact CoAEMSP:
Course Title Credits
Fall Semester # 1
BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
EMS 110 EMT 9
Semester Total 16
Spring Semester #1
BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
EMS 160 Cardiology I 3
EMS 120 Advanced EMT 6
EMS 121 AEMT Clinical 2
Semester Total 14
Summer Semester #1
EMS 250 Medical Emergencies 4
EMS 220 Cardiology II 3
EMS 130 Pharmacology 4
EMS 221 EMS Clinical Practicum II 2
Semester Total 13
Fall Semester # 2
EMS 231 EMS Clinical Practicum II 3
EMS 260 Trauma Emergencies 2
EMS 270 Life Span Emergencies 4
EMS 240 Patients w/Special Challenges 2
EMS 235 EMS Management 13
Semester Total 13
Spring Semester #2
ENG 112 Writing/Research in Disc 3
ENG 114 Prof Research 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective* 3
HUM 115, PHI 215, or PHI 240
EMS 241 EMS Clinical Practicum IV 4
EMS 285 EMS Capstone 2
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
Semester Total 15
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