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 71 – 76 semester credit hours (SHC). Through the bridging program, current credentialed EMT-Paramedics receive 44 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:
Eric Freeman - Program Director
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 2,000 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 44 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.