May 16, 2022
The Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program is designed to allow currently non-degree paramedics to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Emergency Medical Science. The EMS Bridge AAS degree requires 74 – 76 semester credit hours (SHC). Through the bridging program, current credentialed EMT-Paramedics receive 47 SHC of advanced placement. The remaining course work to complete the AAS in Emergency Medical Science requires 27 – 32 additional semester hours of coursework.
Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system.
Admission Requirements and Special Conditions
Admission into the Emergency Medical Science Bridge program is outlined in the general requirements section.
Program Information Contact:
Erica Parks - Program Coordinator
Detailed current information for interested applicants is located by clicking on EMS Bridge Program [opens in a new tab].
Complete RCC Admissions application.
All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
Possess current North Carolina driver’s license.
Current National Registry or North Carolina Paramedic certification. (A copy of your initial paramedic education program transcript and all certifications must be on file in the EMS Department).
a. Basic Cardiac Life Support
b. Advanced Cardiac Life Support
c. Basic Trauma Life Support
d. Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Document 500 hours of patient contact at the paramedic level as evidence by the signature of the director of the EMS agency with which the paramedic is affliiated and the medical director of the ALS system with which the paramedic is affiliated.
- Submit two letters of recommendation on official agency letterhead:
- One required from your Medical Director
- One required from your affiliated agency (Director, Chief, or Training Officer)
- Complete interview with EMS Program Director and faculty.
It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials, including the emergency medical science web site [opens in a new tab], and to stay current with the program requirements, policies and procedures.
The above certifications and experience (5-6) will provide 47 hours of proficiency credit toward the A.A.S. degree, meet entrance requirements for college-level math and English, and will count toward the Robeson Community College residency requirement.
EMS 235 and EMS 280 must be successfully completed at Robeson Community College.
Special Accreditation Status
The Robeson Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). 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 credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
These 47 semester hours credit (SHC) represent the major area (EMS) courses required for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and paramedic credentials and will meet the requirements for the EMS Bridge Program. The courses are outlined below:
Class Hours 11-12 | Lab Hours 4-5 | Credit Hours 13-14
Class Hours 12 or 15 | Lab Hours 4 or 7 | Credit Hours 14 or 18
Additional Curriculum Notes
1. The EMS courses have state mandated prerequisites/corequisites. The semester course outline is organized for the student to meet required state prequisites/ corequisites.
2. The Humanities/Fine Arts elective requirements can be satisfied by completing one of the following: ART 111 , ENG 231 , ENG 232 , ENG 241 , ENG 242 , MUS 110 , MUS 112 , PHI 215 , PHI 240 ,REL 110 , or REL 221 . Students may not take an introductory foreign language to fulfill the Humanities/ Fine Arts requirement.