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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:

  • NC Residency Determination
  • SCC General Admissions Application (completed online).
  • Meet all SCC requirements for admission to a degree program.
  • Students applying to the EMS, AAS program must be credentialed as a Paramedic by NC or National Registry.
  • Hold BLS, ACLS, 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) upon completion of the bridge program. Credit will be listed as “T” 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.

Individuals who successfully complete EMS 110 are eligible to take the North Carolina credentialing exam.



Credit Hours

EMS 110



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 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


Program Contacts:

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Associate Dean - Health Sciences

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 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

Program Costs

Financial aid is available to eligible students:

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

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