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Emergency Medical Science

Curriculum Description

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. Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Students interested in pursing Emergency Medical Science or transfer degrees should contact Ava Yamouti at 828-395-1425, or Kelly Collum at 828-395-1606,

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze the complex nature and seriousness of the patients condition or extent of injuries to assess the need for advanced emergency medical care.
  2. Perform complex medical care based on assessment findings of the patient's condition and/or situation.
  3. Integrate emerging trends in pre-hospital care.
  4. Demonstrate instructional techniques in EMS curriculum.
  5. Integrate human anatomy and physiology principles with EMS procedures.

What is the first step to becoming an Emergency Medical Science Technician?

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. All EMTs and paramedics must complete a formal training program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be certified; requirements vary by state. The first step in acquiring the training necessary is to complete EMT training, which is offered through Isothermal Community College's Emergency Services program within the Continuing Education department.


After Graduation

What jobs are available for EMS graduates?

  • Ambulance services
  • Fire and rescue services
  • Air medical services
  • Specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies

Potential employers for EMS graduates:

  • Ambulance services
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private

Contact for information

Health and Public Services
Health and Public Services

Office: 828-395-1668
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.