An education in Emergency Medical Science (EMS) is one that focuses on having a broad medical knowledge and the capacity to perform advanced skills to assist those in need in a prehospital setting. The knowledge required to become a paramedic is vast as the patients they encounter could have a myriad of emergencies that will require advanced interventions.
The education received at CVCC will encompass a broad spectrum of topics from the medical field and provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge and practice advanced skills in a real world setting to prepare them for further education or entry into a job. This makes it ideal for any student seeking a profession in the medical field or even exposure to the medical field as a whole. CVCC’s program is the first accredited EMS program in the state and since 1979 its graduates have gone on to have successful careers in emergency medicine, nursing, education, physician’s assistants, and physicians.
Topics are studied to a depth that will allow students to make decisions about patient care and critically think about many situations. The knowledge learned here can be applied to virtually any other healthcare career. Topics include:
The clinical experience at CVCC’s Emergency Medical Science program gives opportunities to students to apply and practice their knowledge in the real world setting by having them go to various off-campus sites. These will be more than just observations at local hospitals and EMS services, students will get hands on experiences delivering babies, intubating patients, administering drugs, and much more. Students will go to multiple sites, such as:
Graduates of the degree program are met with success upon completion. Some even find jobs (both full-time and part-time) prior to graduation!
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Students must successfully complete the following courses prior to admission into the program:
A new paramedic program starts every January and will finish in the following spring semester. Summer classes are included in the program and the classes are sequential, meaning that classes must be taken and completed every semester in order to progress into the next semester. Most classes are held on-campus at the Stephanie Lynn Gabriel Center for Prehospital Medicine and offered as day classes.
The Catawba Valley Community College Emergency Medical Science Curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
To contact CAAHEP (http://www.caahep.org):
25400 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP (http://www.coaemsp.org/):
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax (214) 703-8992
For any questions or advising, e-mail the EMS program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4347