B.Sc. On Campus Online

Emergency Medical Care

Western Carolina University

48 months
10984 USD/year
10984 USD/year
6984 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The first baccalaureate paramedic Program in the nation, Western Carolina University's Emergency Medical Care 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. 


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. Emergency Medical Care 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.

What You'll Learn

Emergency Medical Care students learn from outstanding faculty members and enjoy the benefits of small class sizes, and hospital and ambulance clinical experiences. 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.

Where You'll Go

Graduates of the Program from Western Carolina University 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!

Programme Structure

Emergency Medical Care curriculum includes:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Basic Emergency Medical Techniques
  • Cardiology
  • Fluids & Respiratory Emergencies
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Tech.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Any fall applications submitted or completed after February 2 will be considered on space available basis.


128 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Your application to WCU begins with a strong academic record. We particularly look for:

  • Competitive Coursework
  • Competitive Grades and Class Rank (if Applicable)
  • Competitive Sat I or Act Scores
  • Background Checks
  • Academic Program Requirements
  • Computer Requirement
Required Actions and Records
  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School Transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • College Transcripts
  • Credit Examinations

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5492 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    10984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5492 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    6984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3492 USD per semester during 48 months.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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