The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Completion of this program provides associate degree paramedics opportunities to enhance their careers and makes graduates more marketable for advancement in the workplace.
Paramedics assess the urgent needs of patients and stabilize their conditions until they receive definitive care. This treatment includes advanced life support, advanced patient assessment, airway management, pharmacological interventions and critical decision making. The various skills a paramedic performs may include intravenous therapy, drug administration, electrical cardioversion, induction of hypothermia, surgical airway, and many others performed in the uncontrolled environment.
Students will acquire these skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experiences, and field internships with emergency services agencies. Paramedics are employed with emergency medical services; fire and rescue services; critical care transport services; air medical services; hospitals; industry; educational institutions; and local, state, and national emergency management agencies.
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Successful completion of the first academic fall semester allows students to sit for the North Carolina EMT-Basic examination and the National Registry examination. Upon successful completion of the curriculum program, students will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Paramedic Examination and the National Registry examination.
Students may transfer credit hours from other educational institutions upon approval by Coastal’s Director of Emergency Medical Science.
There are special admissions guidelines for applicants to the Emergency Medical Science curriculum. Students should review the EMS Admissions Bulletin for detailed instructions.
Federal financial assistance is available for students enrolled in Coastal’s Emergency Medical Science curriculum program. Visit www.FAFSA.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Pell Grant) application. Scholarships are also available from Coastal Carolina Community College Foundation, located in the Henderson Administration Building.
Students accepted to the program must submit a completed medical health form to the Director of EMS by the first class day of the fall semester. Students are also required to submit a receipt documenting the completion of a criminal background check.
Coastal Carolina Community College also offers a Continuing Education Evening Paramedic Course for students who cannot attend a day program. Click here for more information regarding the Continuing Education Evening Paramedic Course.