Emergency Medical Science

Paramedics are credentialed health care professionals who provide advanced life support to patients in a number of settings. They differ from Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the advanced level of training they receive.

Employment opportunities for paramedics include ambulance services, hospitals, urgent care and lab facilities, security agencies, law enforcement and emergency management organizations. 

The Emergency Medical Science program instructs you in the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. It prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Fall 2023 Cohort

To apply and register for the program, each applicant will need to:

  1. Complete the GTCC application
  2. Complete the EMS Admission Packet

The deadline for all admission steps to be completed is 5 p.m. July 14, 2023 to be eligible for the fall 2023 cohort. Materials should be emailed to Director of EMS Programs Jeremiah Underwood at jwunderwood1@gtcc.edu.

Credentialing Options

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2021.
  • The most recent success rate for the North Carolina state cognitive exam was 100%.
  • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%.
  • The most recent retention rate was 62.5%.

Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as "Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military." Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

The GTCC Emergency Medical Science Curriculum Program has obtained full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

9355 113th Street N., #7709
Seminole, FL 33775-7709

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088

Frequently Asked Questions

Jeremiah Underwood, EMS Program Director
336-334-4822 Ext. 50378

Robbie Griffin, EMS Instructor
336-334-4822 Ext. 50456

Stacey Baker, Clinical Coordinator
336-334-4822 Ext. 50170

Yes, financial aid is available for this program along with EMS specific scholarships. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.  

No, it is not necessary to have previous medical experience. You will learn how to become a paramedic during the program.

It is not advisable for you to work full-time while in the EMS program, but it is understandable that you must have a job. It is possible to maintain a part-time job after school hours, but you must understand the EMS program is rigorous and requires a lot of studying.

Yes. The full-time instructors maintain office hours (that vary each semester), and they will be glad to assist you with any questions or remediation that they can offer.