N.C. College Offers Emergency Medical Science Program for Students
July 05—Sampson Community College students Caroline Wilson and Tracy Smith have worked hard over the last year training to become qualified to respond during an emergency situation.
Both Wilson and Smith are students in the college's first Emergency Medical Science program, which began last fall.
According to Angela Magill, department chair and EMS coordinator, the Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with 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 and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.
"The Emergency Medical Science degree program prepares students to progress from entry level response preparedness to the delivery of advanced prehospital care," Magill said. "The program affords students to earn their Emergency Medical Technician certification at the conclusion of the first semester, and then begin the progression to paramedic."
Coursework throughout the program allows students to earn specialty credentials that are required by most employers, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, PreHospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support and Emergency Vehicle Driver, just to name a few.
While working through the program, Magill said students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience in the program. They will also employ evidence-based practices under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene to hospital emergency rooms.
"Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations," Magill shared. "Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government."
Wilson says her experience while being a student in the program has been very beneficial to advancing her career options.
"The new paramedic degree program is a great upcoming program here at Sampson Community College," Wilson explained. "The instructors are very interactive and are able to answer all of my questions at any time. I am happy to be a part of creating this program and to be setting the standards for upcoming students. This program has challenged me and forced me to give my biggest effort to succeed in my future career."
Classmate Smith has similar thoughts about the program, calling the experience challenging.
"SCC's new paramedic program is a great program for someone who is wanting to get into the medical field," Smith said. "This program has been an amazing experience for me and gives you so many options for the future. The coordinators and instructors have been very helpful. They are very responsive when there are questions and they answer questions in great detail to insure that you have a complete understanding. I have learned so much since I started the program. It has been and exciting challenge for me."
Upon completion of the student's desired program, the students who participated in the program will be awarded an associate in applied science degree. The EMS program also offers a bridge option. The EMS bridging option is a degree completion track that allows certified, non-degree paramedics to achieve an associate of applied science in Emergency Medical Science.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program may contact Magill at 910-592-8081, ext. 4007. Registration for fall will be Aug. 9-10.
The Sampson Independent, Clinton, N.C.