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ARCHIVED 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Care, BS

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Total number of hours for program: 120.

Declaration of a major in Emergency Medical Care (EMC) 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.

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 Prerequisites: 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. Minimum Program Entry GPA Requirement: 2.5

Program Retention and Graduation: 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 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Major Requirements

The major requires 18 hours of pre-professional requirements (six hours of which also fulfill Liberal Studies requirements), 44 hours of major courses, and completion of a concentration. Students have at least 10 hours of General Elective hours to bring the total to 120 credit hours.


Students can select either the Science Concentration or the Health Services Management Concentration.

Science Concentration (12 hours)

General Electives (10 hours)

Note: The pre-professional requirements also meet C5 Liberal Studies requirements.  Students must therefore take General Elective hours to meet the 120-hour requirements. To meet another university requirement, students must take 25 percent of all class hours at WCU and at the junior-senior level. Visit the department’s website at: https://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/healthsci/ to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

Optional Courses

The following class is available to students but is not required for program completion:

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