Emergency Medical Science Degrees & Pathways

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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45340A)

The AAS degree program in Emergency Medical Science (EMS) accepts 30 students each August and takes five semesters to complete. EMS students will learn the practice of emergency medicine and will complete more than 600 hours of clinical in area hospitals and EMS agencies. At the end of the program, students will be eligible to take state or national paramedic credentialing exams. EMS agencies from across the state recruit Wake Tech graduates, and many of our students have jobs before graduation.

The EMS program is designed around students’ needs. We intentionally schedule all core classes two days per week and allow students to plan clinical around their schedule. We want our students to be able to focus on their education when they are here and have plenty of time for work, child care and other responsibilities when they are not here. We don’t want you to put your life on hold and then worry about how you’re going to make it all work. We realize that you have responsibilities, and we want to help you meet your goal as seamlessly as we can.

Applying to the program involves several steps. Interested students should contact Health Science Admissions at 919-747-0101.

AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45340B)

The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) Bridge program is designed for credentialed paramedics who want to obtain their EMS degree. The program is 100% online, which ensures that any paramedic can enroll, no matter their shift schedule. The program provides formal education in EMS management, EMS education and advanced pre-hospital practice while allowing students to complete general education classes that meet the requirements for university transfer. EMS professionals can use this degree for university transfer, meet the requirements for promotion or gain additional knowledge. The program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of anyone pursuing higher education, no matter the purpose.

The bridge program is available to paramedics who have an active state or national paramedic credential and meet minimum enrollment standards. The program enrolls students every semester and will allow students to complete their degree at their own pace.

Curious about the curriculum for the program? Click the "Program Planning Guide" link above. It lays out a two-semester plan for degree completion. You must complete all proscribed courses in the curriculum in which you are enrolled with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. You must complete at least 25 percent of the hours required for a degree, diploma or certificate in residence at Wake Tech. This means that, of the available classes, you must take a minimum of 19 credit hours through Wake Tech to be eligible for this degree.

Step 1: Apply to Wake Tech

Click the "Apply Online Now" button at the top of the page. Complete both the Residency Form and the Wake Tech Application.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid

Click the "Financial Aid" button at the top of the page. This link has all the information you need to assist with applications for federal aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.

Step 3: Send transcripts and a copy of your paramedic credential

Official, unopened transcripts from previous college attendance should be sent to [email protected]. (NOTE: If you are receiving financial aid, high school transcripts will also be required.) Your college transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit, which will be awarded as able for all general education courses. Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been taken within the last five years to qualify. If you need to have your transcripts physically mailed, then send them to this address:

Wake Technical Community College
Attn: Health Science Admissions
2901 Holston Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610

Please email a copy of an in-date, unencumbered North Carolina or National Registry paramedic credential to [email protected]  Once received, transfer equivalency will be requested for the 43 credit hours of paramedic courses.

If you have an active, unencumbered North Carolina Level I or II instructor credential and/or a Nationally Credentialed EMS Educator (NCEE) credential, we can offer transfer equivalency for EMS 125: Instructor Methodology. Please send copies of those credentials in with your paramedic credentials.

Step 4: Make an appointment with an EMS advisor

You can meet with a Health Sciences advisor any time Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Perry Health Sciences Campus. Advisors see students on a walk-in basis, so drop by when it is convenient. You may also contact Health Science Advising at 919-747-0402.

Once all transcripts have been received and transfer credit has been awarded, make an appointment with the EMS Bridge Program advisor by calling 919-747-0143 or emailing Dr. Mike Hubble at [email protected].

Step 5: Register for classes

At this point, you should have received a welcome email, which will be sent to your new Wake Tech email and the personal email address on file. This email includes instructions on how to set up and access your Wake Tech key account (i.e., your login credentials) for all Wake Tech services.

Once you set up your key account, you will be able to access your Wake Tech email and the Epic Learning (e-Learning) course on Blackboard. You must complete the e-Learning course prior to registering for any classes.

You can then use WebAdvisor register for classes. Once registration has begun, do not wait to register for classes, as preferred class sections fill quickly