The Emergency Medical Science Paramedic Diploma curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate Degree for individuals that successfully complete the diploma program and desire an opportunity for career enhancement.
The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internship with emergency medical services agencies.
Students progressing through the program may be eligible to apply for both state and national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Examine and analyze the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess the need for emergency medical care, perform appropriate medical care based on assessment findings of the patient's condition, lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury.
- Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system, perform the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to assessment and management of emergency patients, be able to properly administer medications, and apply effective communication with patients, peers, and healthcare professionals.
- Perform airway management including oxygenation and ventilation of a patient.
- Demonstrate a proper history and perform a comprehensive physical examination on any patient, and communicate findings to others.
- Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the medical patient.
- Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma
- Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for neonatal, pediatric and geriatric patients, diverse patients, and chronically ill patients.
- Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for patients with common complaints.
- Perform safety management principles at the scene of an emergency.
- Apply general knowledge and understanding of managing an emergency medical services system.
The following steps must be taken for Gaston College admission:
- Complete and submit an application online or on-site at the Gaston College Office of Admissions located on the Dallas Campus, second floor of the Myers Center.
- Request your high school mail an official transcript to the Gaston College Office of Admissions. Other documentation to submit in place of a high school transcript include an official Adult High School diploma, official copy of GED scores, official transcript from an accredited correspondence goal/institution, or an official transcript from Home School.
- Request that all colleges/universities previously attended submit official transcripts to the Casting College Office of Admissions to receive points for emissions in the Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic Program.
- Take placement test as determined by the Gaston College Office of Admissions. If you have taken the Accuplacer (CPT), COMPASS, and/or ASSET within the last five(5) years at another college or university, please request that the scores be submitted to the Gaston College Office of Admissions.
- Complete the New Student Orientation for Gaston College.
- Meet with an academic advisor or program director for the Department for EMS Education.
- Provide proof of English deficiency. This may be established by making a minimum total score of 6 (Internet Based), 207 (computer based), or 540 (paper based) on the day Test for English has a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Complete an application for the Associate Degree Emergency Medical Science -Bridging Program. This form is available in the Department for EMS Education, APS 104.
Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Diploma Program Evening Option Additional Information:
- Meet the equivalent or take DMA 030 .
- Meet the equivalent for ENG 090 with ENG 090A and RED 090 .
- An overall GPA minimum of 2.0 in college level coursework taken.
Competitive Admission Criteria
The following criteria are used by the Department for EMS Education faculty in the selection process of qualified paramedic program applicants into the Emergency Medical Science program:
- COMPASS scores.
- Number of general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of C) by the end of fall semester in which the application was submitted.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) in required general education courses (see program of study).
- Submit program application.
Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the Department for EMS Education Director/Emergency Medical Science Chair in consultation with the EMS Education faculty.
Students Admitted to the Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Diploma Program Evening Option:
In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of "C" in all EMS curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in EMS courses.
- A completed North Carolina Community College 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 in order to comply with current clinical affiliation agreements
- Must complete Anatomy and Physiology I ( BIO 168 ) with a grade of "C" or better prior to, or in the same semester as, taking EMS 120 (see course of study).
- Must complete Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 169 ) with a grade of "C" or better prior to, or in the same semester have, taking EMS 210 and EMS 220 (see course of study).
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 - Paramedic 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, jacket), stethoscope, physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, FBI fingerprinting, and drug screening at a time designated by the EMS faculty.
Students who seek credit for EMT-Basic certification, taken through continuing education, may request to seek course credit by exam or experiential credit. Experiential credit is obtained by successfully completing the NREMT computer adaptive testing and receiving subsequent national registration as an EMT
Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Diploma Evening Option General Education Courses
Total Semester Hour Credits: 48
The courses taken in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science.