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Emergency Medical Care, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The first baccalaureate paramedic Program in the nation, Western Carolina University's EMC Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions. Currently, WCU is one of only 20 institutions in the nation offering the Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Care. 
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Key facts:

  • Students learn from outstanding faculty members and enjoy the benefits of small class sizes, and hospital and ambulance clinical experiences while studying B.S. in Emergency Medical Care at the Western Carolina University. All students complete clinical rotations at hospital critical care units, emergency departments and operating rooms, as well as in rural, suburban and urban EMS systems. The core curriculum includes two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology, two semesters of Chemistry, Cardiology, Pharmacology, Medical Emergencies, Trauma, and additional EMC courses. The health management concentration includes additional courses such as Quality Assurance and Health Care Finance, while the science concentration includes physics, organic chemistry, and biology.
  • Students may apply to either the residential program in Cullowhee or the online distance education program. Current paramedic certification is required for entry into the distance education program. Students may choose one of two available concentrations: health management or science (pre-med). Program graduates may pursue careers as paramedics, educators, physicians, physician assistants, and EMS administrators.
  • Graduates of the Program pursue careers as hospital administrators and EMS directors, training officers and consultants, paramedic educators, researchers, while others may choose to continue their education at medical, physician assistant, or graduate school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, including emergency medical technicians and paramedics, is expected to grow by 21.5 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the 10.8 percent average predicted for all occupations and very good news for program graduates!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Emergency Medical Care curriculum includes:

  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Basic Emergency Medical Techniques
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology Techniques
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Medicine Lab
  • Cardiology
  • Basic ECG Interpretation
  • Cardiology Lab
  • Acute Fluid and Respiratory Disorders
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Techniques
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Trauma Management
  • Trauma Management Lab
  • Maternal and Child Emergency Care
  • Maternal and Child Emergency Care Lab

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines.
  • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores.
  • First-year students who have attempted college courses (i.e., early college or other dual-enrollment students) should request an official transcript at the point of application showing any completed work and final college transcripts once all work is final.
  • Official examination scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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