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Program Overview

The EMS, AAS program is designed to provide an opportunity for paramedics currently credentialed by North Carolina Office of EMS or National Registry to earn an associates degree online. The Associates degree is being strongly suggested by the Office of Emergency Medical Services and expected to become the entry level for paramedics in the near future.

Admission Requirements:

  • SCC General Admissions Application (completed online).
  • Students applying to the EMS AAS Bridge program must be credentialed as a Paramedic by NC or National Registry.
  • Hold Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Life Support (PALS) certification.

Students with current and unencumbered Paramedic credentials on the North Carolina or National Registry will be awarded credit for the courses listed in the table below (45 credit hours). Credit will be listed as “TR” with credit hours awarded. No quality points are awarded and the grade is not counted in the grade point average. Students must complete at least 25% of the EMS program at Surry Community College. No more than 7 curriculum credit hours (SHC) can be transferred into SCC with this program.

Individuals who successfully complete EMS 110 are eligible to take the North Carolina EMT credentialing exam.
Course Name Credit Hours CCE Credit

EMS 110



EMS 4200 or EMS 4400

EMS 122

EMS Clinical Practicum I


EMS 130



EMS 131

Advanced Airway Management


EMS 160

Cardiology I


EMS 220

Cardiology II


EMS 221

EMS Clinical Practicum II


EMS 231

EMS Clinical Practicum III


EMS 4400

EMS 240

Patients w/Special Challenges


EMS 241

EMS Clinical Practicum IV


EMS 250

Medical Emergencies


EMS 260

Trauma Emergencies


EMS 270

Life Span Emergencies


EMS 285

EMS Capstone


Total Credit Hours for EMS Courses Awarded


Technical Standards:

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Dean - Health Sciences

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

WBL-110 World of Work 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
EMS-280 EMS Bridging Course 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Spring Semester

BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
HUM-115 Critical Thinking 3

Total with credit for EMS courses = 69

Total credits needed to graduate: 24 Hours

The high school biology or BIO-111 pre-requisite for BIO-168 is waived for students with 45 EMS credit hours (EMS 4400).

Students on financial aid should speak with their financial aid advisors before enrolling in less than 12 credit hours per semester.

Program Costs

Financial aid is available to eligible students:

Contact: or (336) 386-3264 for more information

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