EMC Cullowhee FAQs

What are the program entry requirements?

To enter the program, you must have completed at least 60 hours of college credit (may be in any discipline), with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. You must also have completed all of the pre-professional courses (BIO 291, BIO 292, HSCC 240, HSCC 241, and 2 semesters of chemistry). Read more about EMC Admissions Requirements.

What is the degree that I will receive?

Upon completion of all requirements for graduation, you will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Care. You also will have a concentration in one of two areas: science (pre-med) or health services management.

What are the concentrations?

The health services management (HSM) concentration is a series of courses designed to prepare the student to assume leadership roles in EMS administration. Graduates of this track have pursued careers as EMS directors, EMS training officers, hospital administrators, and EMS consultants.

The science concentration is essentially pre-med, and consists of courses in physics, chemistry, and biology. This concentration prepares students to enter into paramedic education or research, or to continue their education through medical school, PA school, or graduate school. Your advisor will assist you in identifying which courses you will need to take to complete pre-med requirements.

If I have a degree in a health-related field, can I get advanced placement?

Yes. Your credits will be transferred to WCU based upon existing articulation agreements, credit by experience, or both.

If I am already a paramedic, can I get advanced placement?

Yes. Current paramedic practitioners who are graduates of associate degree or certificate programs will find transfer and advanced-standing mechanisms available for establishing credit towards the bachelor’s degree.

How many credit hours must I take each semester?

To complete the degree in four years you must average 16 credit hours each semester.

When may I begin the program?

A new class begins every fall semester. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and you may apply at any time. However, enrollment is limited and students are encouraged to apply by February 15 each year to be considered for early admission. Applications for late admission must be received no later than May 1 for August admission.

Will I have any clinical rotations?

Yes. All students must complete clinical rotations at hospitals, emergency departments, burn centers, and dialysis centers, as well as rural, suburban, and urban EMS systems. Optional rotations also are available at three helicopter EMS services for students interested in pursuing careers as flight paramedics.


Copyright by Western Carolina University      •      Cullowhee, NC 28723      •      828.227.7211      •      Contact WCU
Maintained by the Office of Web Services      •      Directions      •      Campus Map      •      Emergency Information      •      Text-Only

Office of Web Services