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Emergency Medical Science

The CVCC 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.

When minutes — even seconds — make the difference between life and death, CVCC's Emergency Medical Science program can prepare you to be a real-life hero.

"There is no job more rewarding than knowing you've saved someone's life."

Ultimately, students test their knowledge in real-life clinical and internship settings. Six emergency medical services and various medical facilities serve as training grounds. Tying together the experience are experienced faculty and preceptors who supervise the students' activities.

Your assignment: Reach your victims, stabilize them, and transport them safely to the hospital emergency room.
EMS students loading a patient into the back of an ambulanceEvery day on the job as a paramedic is a journey into uncharted territory. Motor vehicle crashes, natural disasters, industrial and recreational accidents, heart attacks and crime scenes are only a sampling of the situations where paramedics are called to action. Wherever and whenever emergencies happen, paramedics stand ready to respond.

At the scene of an accident and en route to the hospital, paramedics administer advanced life saving medical care using state-of-the-art equipment. That might call for IV medications or defibrillation to shock the heart into beating normally. Students learn these skills in both the classroom and a laboratory setting at CVCC. State-of-the-art anatomically correct simulators and other technologically advanced equipment provide students with the most up-to-date clinical learning experience.

Quick thinking and adaptability are key traits in career paramedics. One of the first people to respond to emergencies, paramedics are educated for a demanding, fast-paced and rewarding career. Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you ready to accept the challenge? You may have what it takes to enter the challenging field of Emergency Medical Science. Employment opportunities include:

  • Ambulance services
  • Fire and rescue agencies
  • Air medical services
  • Specialty areas in hospitals, industry, educational institutions and government agencies

Please see the catalog for more information about the degree and diploma options for this curriculum.

The Catawba Valley Community College Emergency Medical Science Curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
Fax (214) 703-8992

Program Graduate Statistics for 2016:

Attrition: 81.8%
Paramedic Exam Pass Rate: 100%
Positive Placement: 100%

For more information, please contact:

Paul Nimon Badgley
EMS Program Director
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4331

Kevin Lyford
EMS Clinical Coordinator
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4347

Cindy Brown
EMS Coordinator
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4262

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