North Carolina Paramedic School Overviews with Course Information

Jan 02, 2019

Research paramedic programs in North Carolina, which currently has 30 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two North Carolina schools to decide which program is right for you.

Paramedic Studies at North Carolina Schools

Individuals in North Carolina who want to become paramedics can find training programs at colleges throughout the state. Studies for paramedics are mainly offered through technical or community colleges and typically result in an associate's degree. Many programs are in emergency medical science or services. Completion of a degree program can meet the education requirements for national certification.

Two institutions in North Carolina providing paramedic programs are profiled in the following article. Find helpful facts about these schools contained in the table provided.

  • Wake Technical Community College, located in Raleigh about ten miles south of the downtown district, offers beginning and more advanced studies in emergency medical science.
  • Guilford Technical Community College offers two paramedic programs at the associate degree level. The college is based approximately ten miles southwest of downtown Greensboro.

Comparison of Schools

Before enrolling in a paramedic program in North Carolina, it is beneficial to learn all you can about the schools providing these studies. In the table below, find facts and statistics regarding each school's tuition, population, financial aid availability, graduation rates and more.

Wake Technical Community College Guilford Technical Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 22,494 10,072
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $2,768 (in-state)
$8,912 (out-of-state)
$2,167 (in state)
$7,695 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 44% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 70% for full-time students 48% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014)* 16% 19%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College is the second biggest community college in North Carolina. The North Carolina paramedic school at Wake Technical Community College offers a degree program and several continuing education courses for students looking to either begin or advance their careers in the emergency medical science field.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

The 70-credit paramedic program at Wake Technical Community College admits 30 students each year and trains them to be effective emergency medical technicians. The program at this North Carolina paramedic school combines life-saving techniques and skills with laboratory work and clinical experience.

Students take courses in anatomy, physiology, management of the rescue scene, advanced patient assessment, cardiology, life span emergencies and advanced trauma emergencies, among other classes. Students must complete practical labs, clinicals and field internships.

Graduates of the program may go on to work with an EMS agency, a fire or police department, a government agency or a hospital. The college also offers an EMT course along with refresher courses.

Guilford Technical Community College

Guilford Technical Community College, located in Jamestown, NC, offers around 70 continuing education and degree programs in a number of different fields. The school provides an associate's degree for those who want to start careers as paramedics, as well as a program for certified paramedics who want to earn an associate's degree.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

The associate's degree in emergency medical science prepares graduates to work as paramedics in a number of settings, from rescue services to government agencies. Coursework teaches students how to assess patients, determine treatments, operate an emergency vehicle and provide patient care. Students also complete laboratory courses and hands-on experience through an internship program. Graduates are prepared to take state and national certification examinations.

EMS Bridging - Certified EMT-Paramedic to Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science

Certified paramedics can earn an associate's degree in emergency medical science by completing general education courses, along with the courses in EMS management and an EMS bridging course. Prospective students are required to have completed the prerequisites, which include various certifications.

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