Emergency Medical Science

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The Emergency Medical Science program provides students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic.

Be prepared to enter the workforce

Paramedics/EMTs serve as a critical link for patients from the scene into the health care system. Whether you want to work for an EMS provider, fire department, government agency or other organizations that higher paramedics, Gaston will prepare you to get hired after graduation.

Earn professional certifications

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations.

Program Accreditation

The Gaston College Department for EMS Education Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs CAAHEP(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, 9355 – 113th St. N. #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 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.

Paramedic Program Goal

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Paramedic Graduate Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

  • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 100%.
  • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
  • The most recent retention rate was 55.6%.

The CoAEMSP Annual Report for the calendar year 2019 showed a success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam of 100%. Positive placement rate for graduates in 2019 was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. Retention rate for 2019 was 54.5%.


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Emergency Medical Science – Paramedic Track

Associate of Applied Science Degree


Contact Information

Carrie Gillilan, Instructor/Coordinator – DBC 163
704.922.6242
gillilan.carrie@gaston.edu

Chad Parlier, Instructor – DBC 162
704.922.2232
parlier.chad@gaston.edu

Kim Parsley, Director/Instructor – DBC 160
704.922.2311
parsley.kimberly@gaston.edu

Lisa Green, Secretary – DBC 159
704.922.6241
green.lisa@gaston.edu