Program of Study

The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

Additional Information

Careers Available

Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, physicians’ offices, industry, educational institutions and government agencies.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school algebra I and biology, and basic computer skills.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Providing personal care, assisting, coordinating work with others, operating, maintaining and inspecting machines and equipment. Following written and/or oral instruction, keeping records, analyzing, evaluating and thinking.

EMS Program Goals

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 Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. It prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Graduate Job Placement: 85.7%
Retention Rate: 77.8%
NC State Exam and National Registry Pass rates: 100% (85.7% first time pass rate)
(Data provided for 2020)

The EMT-Paramedic program at Forsyth Technical Community College 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 certification examination(s). However, It Is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

EMS Student Guidelines

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Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Emergency Medical Science Associate in Applied Science Day A45340
Emergency Medical Science Certificate Day C45340
Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Program Associate in Applied Science Day A45340B

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Emergency Medical Science Program, contact Samuel Pennington, EMS Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3063 or