ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 26, 2019  
ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Care, B.S.

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Total number of hours for program: 128.

Declaration of a major in Emergency Medical Care does not guarantee admission into the EMC Program. Students must formally apply and be admitted into the EMC Program before beginning the professional sequence of courses and/or proceeding into clinical placements. Admission to the EMC Program is competitive. In addition to the academic requirements below, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the EMC Program. For the most up-to-date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the EMC Program website linked from the School of Health Sciences.


Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5

When do students apply? Applicants must hold or be eligible for North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician certification and forward an application to the EMC Director by January 15 of each year for entry the following August.

Required Pre-requisites: Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours including all liberal studies and pre-professional courses. Students must earn a C (2.0) or better in BIOL 291 and BIOL 292.

Retention in the Program: Students admitted to the professional sequence must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each EMC course in the major and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the EMC Program.

Additional Information: An accelerated curriculum available for associate degree paramedics normally allows completion of degree requirements in two years. Articulating and other transfer students holding current paramedic certification should contact the EMC Program Director about degree requirements and EMC Program admission. WCU’s EMC Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756 through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas 75088.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42

Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

Major Requirements

The major requires at least 82 hours (excluding General Electives):


Concentration selected from:

Science Concentration (15 hours)

Wilderness Medicine Concentration: Inactive


General electives (3 hours) and 6 hours in the major that also count for Liberal Studies C5. Visit the department’s website at: to view the 8 semester curriculum guide.

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