Students wishing to apply to the Residential Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Program must first be accepted as students of the University through the WCU Office of Admissions.
Admission to the Residential EMC Program is competitive. To be eligible for admission into the professional course sequence, students must have completed 60 semester hours, including Liberal Studies and pre-professional course requirements, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Pre-professional requirements include BIOL 291 and BIOL 292 (with an average of a C or higher), two semesters of Chemistry, and EMC 240 and EMC 241 or hold a minimum of a current North Carolina EMT-Basic certification (EMC 240 and 241 are offered every Fall and Spring semester). Admission requirements must be completed by August of the entering year.
Students holding out-of-state EMT certification must obtain North Carolina certification prior to entering the Program. Students may apply for reciprocity by contacting the North Carolina Office of EMS.
Prospective students are encouraged to develop a strong foundation in basic sciences and communications skills. Computer proficiency is highly recommended and students must have a laptop computer that meets the University requirements.
Current Paramedic practitioners who are graduates of associate degree or certificate programs (which have direct articulation agreements at WCU) will find transfer and advanced-standing mechanisms available for establishing credit towards the bachelor's degree. Advanced standing can also be gained through individual course transfer and credit by experience.
The deadline for receipt of all application material for early admission of traditional
students is February 15. Applications can be obtained from the Residential EMC Program
In order to be considered complete, the application form and all supporting documentation must be received by the EMC program director by 5 p.m. on February 15. The admissions committee will not review any applications for early admission received after the February 15 deadline.
Occasionally, space may be available for additional students after offers for early admissions have been made. If so, additional applications may be reviewed for late admissions. The deadline for application materials for late admissions is May 1.
Transfer students holding a current NC EMT-Paramedic or National Registry Paramedic certification, may apply during any semester through the Residential EMC Program Director.