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Emergency Medical Science - Bridging Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Details

Students wishing to pursue a higher education in the field of health and medicine may partake in Lenoir Community College’s Associate of Applied Science degree program focusing on Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The degree program is designed to bridge the gap between previously earned educations as well as experiences. Students should be currently certified paramedics seeking to solidify their training and credentials. Building on the already learned foundations, students may use the degree program for advancement in current careers, or the pursuit of another field within the emergency services industry.

Certified EMT-Paramedics may be able to transfer 45 credit hours towards earning the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science. In addition to the transferred coursework, AAS students must also complete another 31 credits of general higher education topics and advanced medical concepts. The advanced medical concepts are courses specifically related to basic anatomy & physiology, rescue scene management, and EMS management. Earning a formal education in EMS should give students the knowledge and skills to perform, in a variety of healthcare settings, the practice of good health and proper public health procedures in states of emergency and non-emergency.

The Emergency Medical Services program should introduce students to the various settings and strategic situations that require skilled first-responders. In the event of an act of terrorism, or a natural disaster the well-trained individuals should be able to provide medical assistance and emergency communication to those in need. The program provides paramedics with the advanced life support knowledge and skills learned from utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

Graduates of this EMS degree program may contribute the needed professionalism when assessing domestic and international emergency medical issues and may qualify for both state and national certification exams. Successful graduates may seek career opportunities in EMS agencies, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.


Potential students should already be certified paramedics, with 45 transferable credits.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lenoir Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees, diplomas, and certificates.