Emergency Medical Care

The EMC concentration focuses on preparing professionals for leadership roles requiring skills in planning, research, organizational operations, and education.  Master’s prepared emergency medical care professionals assume various leadership roles throughout both the management and educational aspects of the field. Individuals with advanced degrees often seek positions in administration, education, research or quality assurance as the Master’s degree is the highest educational credential offered within the field.

Employment Opportunities

  • EMS Director
  • EMS Training Officer
  • EMS Supervisor
  • EMS Educator
  • EMS Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Many others within the EMS and health care industry, local and state agencies, and academic institutions

Did you know ...

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 19% from 2006-2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations

With such a rapid increase in the need for EMTs and paramedics over the next ten years, there is also going to be a subsequent rise in the number of EMS professionals with advanced degrees needed to manage, train, and educate the growing workforce

 Opportunities for  EMS professionals seeking leadership roles within the field will be greatest for those who are Master's prepared. 

According to the Department of Labor

 Congratulations to WCU EMC Student & Alumni!

Congratulations Ginny O'Brien! 

Ginny recently won "Best Oral Presentation" at the EMS Today Conference for her research completed along with other WCU students and professors.  Click HERE to see more information and posters from the Conference.


National EMS Today Team Winners
Each year a national paramedic competition is held at the EMS Today conference. Teams from around the country are presented with a patient care scenario which tests their skills as paramedics. There are preliminary elimination rounds with the top teams competing in the final round. The winning 4-member team includes two WCU alums. Joe Crowder (far right) is the assistant director for Cumberland County EMS. Joe graduated from our undergraduate DL program, and also graduated in 2011 from the EMC concentration of the MHS program. Lee Westbrook (second from the right) is currently enrolled in the undergraduate DL program.



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