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    Feb 19, 2020  
2015-2016 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]

Emergency Medical Science, Bridging Program, A.A.S. (A45340)


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The Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program is a degree completion track that allows certified, non-degree Paramedics to achieve an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science. This program is comprised of major EMS courses along with related courses required in the curriculum. The majority of coursework is online with some required work on campus.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge and understanding of managing an emergency medical services system.
  2. Examine and analyze the complex nature and seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess the need for advanced emergency medical care, and perform complex medical care based on assessment findings of the patient's condition and/or situation.
  3. Demonstrate an increased depth and breadth of patient care in the prehospital setting by applying principles from evidence-based research in emergency medicine.

Admission Information


Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program MUST meet the Gaston College admission requirements.

Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program.

Additional Requirements

  1. Complete Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program application. This form is available in Department for EMS education, APS 104.
  2. Meet with an academic advisor or program director from the Department for EMS Education.
  3. Provide copies of the following documentation with the program application:
  • Active North Carolina Paramedic Certification
  • Valid state driver's license
  • Letter from an EMS director/training officer verifying 1,000 hours of direct patient contact in the EMS field as a Paramedic. This letter must be on department letterhead.
  • EMS continuing education records during the current certification period
  • AHA Basic Life Support CPR certification
  • ACLS Provider Certification
  • PALS or PEPP Provider certification
  • ITLS or PHTLS certification or equivalent
  • Other relevant EMS continuing education
  1. Must be eligible for NREMT certification prior to the last semester attending Gaston College. The Emergency Medical Science-Bridging Program does not provide eligibility to sit for the NREMT Paramedic testing if the applicant has not graduated from a nationally accredited program or a program that holds a letter of review after January 1, 2013. Any student who graduated from a state approved paramedic program prior to January 1, 2013 is still eligible to sit for NREMT Paramedic testing.
  2. Gaston College will award experiential credit for core Paramedic courses toward the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science with the proper documentation. The program does not provide eligibility to sit for NREMT Paramedic testing if the applicant has not graduated from a nationally accredited program or a program that holds a letter of review after January 1, 2013. Any student who graduated from a state approved paramedic program prior to January 1, 2013 is still eligible to sit for NREMT Paramedic testing.

Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program Admission Information

  1. Meet the equivalent or take DMA 030.
  2. Meet the equivalent or take DRE 098.
  3. An overall GPA minimum of 2.0 in college level coursework in related classes and core courses in the EMS program of study.

Students Admitted to the Emergency Medical Science Bridging Program

In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of "C" in all EMS and other related curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program must maintain, and provide copies of, all certifications listed as additional program entry requirements.

Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program

Gaston College will award experiential credit for core Paramedic courses toward the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science with the proper documentation. Students must earn at least 20 semester credit hours of their course work at Gaston College in order to receive a degree.

Total Program Hours: 29


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