Paramedic Bridging Track

The Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Bridging Track is a degree completion track allowing certified non-degree Paramedics to achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science.  This program is comprised of major EMS courses along with related courses required in the curriculum.   It includes required coursework via the Internet and some required work on campus.  The majority of coursework is online.


Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Bridging Track

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The link below will provide additional information on this program.

Requirements to Enter the EMS, Paramedic Bridging Track:

  • Must be currently certified as an active Paramedic in North Carolina
  • Must achieve NREMT certification prior to the last semester attending Gaston College.
  • Must have completed 1,000 hours of direct patient contact in the EMS field as a Paramedic.  An EMS director/training officer must verify this in writing on department letterhead.
  • Submit proof of EMS continuing education in the last two years. Copies of the following documents must be submitted with the program application:
    • State paramedic certification.
    • EMS continuing education records during the current certification period.
    • AHA Basic Life Support CPR certification
    • ACLS provider
    • PALS or PEPP provider
    • ITLS or PHTL course or equivalent
    • Other relevant EMS Continuing Education

Gaston College will award experiential credit for core Paramedic courses toward the AAS in EMS with the proper documentation.  The program does not provide eligibility to sit for NREMT Paramedic testing if the applicant has not graduated from a national accredited program or program that holds a letter of review after January 1, 2013. Any student who graduated from a state approved paramedic program prior to January 1, 2013 is still eligible to sit for NREMT Paramedic testing.

Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic Bridging Track

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Paramedic Bridging Track (A45340)


Contact Information

Please contact the HHS Advising Center for more information.

Allison Shaw, EMS Advisor