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EMS Bridging Program - A.A.S in EMS

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Emergency Medical Services Bridging Program
EWD/CE Paramedic to Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Science (A45340)

Overview

The EMS Bridging Program was developed to allow current certified non-degree Paramedics to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science by completing (EMS Bridging course, Rescue Scene Management, EMS Management) and all other general education requirements for this degree.

The Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program provides the opportunity for non-degree Paramedics, who currently hold state certification, to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Emergency Medical Science.  Paramedics who enroll in the bridge program must complete the following courses:  EMS Bridge, Rescue Scene Management and EMS Management along with additional related and general education course requirements for the EMS Associate Degree.

Why Do I Need an EMS Degree?
Earning a degree demonstrates professionalism as a Paramedic.  In addition, the degree will be useful to possibly move up the EMS career ladder, enter a nursing program, or finish a Bachelor’s degree program.  Several states in the U.S. have made the Associate Degree a entry level requirement in the Paramedic profession and many others are considering making this move following the EMS Agenda for the Future.

Earning more money as a Paramedic depends on the individual, but we do know that education does make a difference.  What is the difference between a high school diploma and a medical degree? About $3.2 million, says the Census Bureau.  Someone whose education does not go beyond high school and who works full time can expect to earn about $1.2 million between ages 25 and 64 -- a typical work-life period, according to demographers.

Career Outline

Graduating from college and earning advanced degrees translates into higher lifetime earnings: an estimated $4.4 million for doctors, lawyers and others with professional degrees; $2.5 million for those with a master's degree; and $2.1 million for college graduates. Moreover, if graduating with an Associate Degree the earnings are $1.6 million in comparison to some college education at $1.5 million.   The findings come from an agency survey that charts the influence of education on lifetime earnings.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Emergency Medical Science Program MUST meet the following requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college:

  1. Complete general admission application
  2. Completion of Compass test. The compass test may be waived of any person who has completed a College level English and Math or scored 520 on the verbal section and 500 on the math section of the SAT. Compass test and completion of any identified developmental courses or remediation are required prior to acceptance in the EMS program.
  3. Submit an official transcript from home school, adult high school, international
    correspondence school, or high school with graduation date or G.E.D. scores (minimum score of 225 and no sub score less than 35.)
  4. Submit official college transcript(s), when applicable
  5. Applicants from countries whose language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring no less than 540 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Additional Requirements To Be Eligible For Admission To The EMS Program:

  1. Must achieve NREMT registration no later than semester prior to completion.
  2. Must have completed the related BIO courses within 10 years of the date of enrollment in the EMS prefix courses.

ADMISSIONS SELECTION PROCESS


The EMS program director considers the following in the selection process for acceptance
into the Emergency Medical Science program:

  • EMS PROGRAM APPLICATION
  • LETTER FROM EMS DIRECTOR COMFIRMING 1000 HOURS DIRECT PATIENT CARE
  • PROVIDER AND/OR INSTRUCTOR CARDS FOR ITLS OR PHTLS, ACLS, PALS or PEPP.
  • EMS CONTINUING EDUCATION RECORDS AND CURRENT PARAMEDIC STATUS
  • COMPASS SCORES

    The selection of applicants is based on the above criteria. Students will be notified regarding their admission status.

  • This program can be taken almost entirely on-line.  Traditional courses are also available.
  • There are a few occasions that the student may have to come to campus.
    mornings, afternoons or evenings and weekends.

Graduation Requirements

All students must complete no less than 20 credit hours at Gaston College to meet the degree requirements.  All classes taken on-line and traditional both count toward this requirement.

Students must complete all required classes and complete all on-line assignments.  Students must also successfully complete all core course and related course requirements with a minimum of C or 2.0 grade. 

 EMS Bridge Program                                                                                                  Credit   Hours

BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 169

Anatomy and Physiology ii

4

BIO 275

Microbiology 

4

COM 140

Introduction to Intercultural Comm.

3

ENG 111

Expository Writing

3

ENG 114

Professional Research and Report Writing

3

PSY 150

General Psychology

3

EMS 140

Rescue Scene Management

2

EMS 235

EMS Management

2

EMS 280

EMS Bridging Course

3

 

 Total Semester Hours

       31

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 Contact Us

Kent Spitler, Director                         APS 103
Department for EMS Education 
Phone: 704.922.6241 or 704-922-6249
Fax: 704.922.2336
Email:  gcems@gaston.edu

Velma Stafford, Secretary                  APS 104   704-922-6241
Mike Keller, Faculty                             APS 108   704-922-2232
Carrie Stevenson, Faculty                 APS 109   704-922-6242
Bill Faust, Faculty                                APS 109   704-922-6590

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