Emergency Medical Science - Curriculum

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.

* Applicants to the Emergency Medical Science program at Edgecombe Community College must hold a current, NC Paramedic Certification. ECC will award 45 SHC for the Paramedic credential. Students will complete an additional 29 SHC at ECC to complete the Emergency Medical Science degree program.

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Emergency Medical Science - Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Science (EMS) Program will be able to:

  1. Evaluate for and address potential hazards to the patient(s), civilians, and emergency management team during an emergency.
  2. Access and utilize knowledge necessary to conduct a patient evaluation and administer emergency treatment short of those rendered by advanced life support personnel.
  3. Operate as an emergency service provider using sound judgment; applying rationality, self-awareness, critical thinking and discipline in responding to emergency situations.
  4. Effectively operate and care for equipment used in emergency patient care.
  5. Communicate essential continuing patient care information to advanced life support personnel.

Core Abilities

  1. Critical Thinking: Graduates will use critical thinking skills to confidently and effectively manage emergency situations.
  2. Professional Standards: Graduates will practice professional standards by demonstrating a strong work ethic, positive attitude, respect for patients, ability to work cooperatively as a health care team member, and willingness to maintain and enhance technical skills.
  3. Communication: Graduates will communicate clearly and professionally using verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
  4. Assessment: Graduates will perform accurate scene safety and patient assessments.
  5. Technical Knowledge: Graduates will apply appropriate emergency medical and technical knowledge as required in emergency situations.
  6. Personal Well-being & Safety: Graduates will apply safety and infection control practices to maintain personal and professional well- being and to ensure patient safety.
  7. Clinical & Technical Skills: Graduates will manage emergency patient care and treatment appropriately within the scope of practice for an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.
  8. Medical Legal Issues: Graduates will apply legal knowledge and medical ethics to all patient care situations by documenting accurate and complete patient records and reports and maintaining patient confidentiality.
  9. Certification: With successful completion of this program, graduates will earn an AAS in EMS degree.

Emergency Medical Science - Contact

Adam Culbertson
Fire and EMS Coordinator
Office 320, Lamm Building, Rocky Mount Campus
(252) 618-6616