The Gaston College EMS Education Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727.210.2350 www.caahep.org. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett TX 75088, Phone: 214.703.8445 FAX: 214.703.8992 www.coaemsp.org.
Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program MUST meet the Gaston College admission requirements. Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program.
- Complete an application packet for the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program. This form is available in Department for EMS Education, APS 104.
- Provide a copy of valid state driver's license.
- Meet with an academic advisor or program director from the Department for EMS Education.
Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program Admission Information
- Meet the equivalent or take DMA 030.
- Meet the equivalent for DRE 098.
- 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 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 in the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in the EMS program.
- Attend a program orientation session.
- Complete a Student Medical Form, provided by the Department for EMS Education, documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health.
- Immunizations required by the N.C. Community College System and clinical agencies. Criminal Background Check, FBI fingerprinting, and random drug screening.
- Comply with current clinical affiliation agreements.
Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student will not be allowed to continue in the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the paramedic program.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: EMS Testing, FISDAP Clinical Competency Tracking, uniforms (shirts, pants, shoes, and jacket), stethoscope, physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, FBI fingerprinting, and drug screening at a time designated by the EMS faculty.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical, laboratory, and class activities. Clinical and EMS field internship experiences may be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, evenings, and weekends.
Students who seek credit for EMT Certification, taken through continuing education, may request to seek course credit by examination or experiential credit. Experiential credit is obtained by successfully completing the NREMT computer adaptive testing and receiving subsequent national registration as an EMT.
Note: The Paramedic Diploma is an accelerated evening/weekend program with the majority of course work online through the Internet. The program requires students to attend campus psychomotor lab sessions, hospital clinical lab sessions, EMS field internship and testing on campus. Students must have a computer with Internet access and e-mail capabilities to participate in this option. Experience with online learning is expected and students should take an online course prior to applying to the Diploma track. Upon successful completion of the program the student will qualify to be awarded a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science. Most courses in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science.