Emergency Medical Science AAS

Wake Tech Course ID: A45340

Completion Earns:

AAS - Associate in Applied Science

Total Credits:


Campus Availability:

Scheduling Options:

  • Day Only

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Financial Aid:

Yes, financial aid is available for this program

The AAS degree program in Emergency Medical Science accepts thirty (30) new students once per year in August. The program takes two years to complete, spanning a combination of five (5) semesters and 10-week summer sessions. EMS students use high- and low-definition simulations in labs to apply critical thinking, practice diagnostic skills, and administer medical care in real time. Students also complete hospital-based clinical instruction as well as internships in EMS agencies in the greater Raleigh area. They provide care for real patients under the supervision of nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, physician assistants, and physicians. Upon completion, students are eligible to take state-administered credentialing (licensing) exams to become paramedics. EMS agencies from across the state recruit Wake Tech graduates, and many students have job offers before their final semester. Students should have successfully completed high school or college chemistry with a grade of C or higher; strong math skills; read and write English at the college entry level; good physical strength and flexibility; be able to see, hear, and communicate well; and have strong critical thinking skills. Wake Tech’s clinical site partners require criminal background checks, drug testing, and tuberculosis screening along with proof of immunizations. Interested students should contact EMS Admissions at 919-747-0101.

The goals of the Wake Tech EMS program are 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.

“The Wake Tech EMS AAS Degree Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status. It is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214-703-8445, FAX 214-703-8992, www.coaemp.org.

YEAR Retention N.C.1st time pass Job placement
2014 65% 100% 80%
2015 41% 96% 50%
2016 36% 100% 54%
2017* --% 92% 77%

Retention data not yet available for 2017. NC 1st time pass rate and job placement reflects on the Spring graduating class.