Prospective students are encouraged to develop a strong foundation in the basic sciences and communications skills. Computer proficiency is highly recommended.
Current paramedic practitioners who are graduates of associate degree or certificate programs will find transfer and advanced-standing mechanisms available for establishing credit towards the bachelor’s degree.
Adult learners certified in other allied health professions may enter the program with advanced standing.
Advanced standing also may be gained by completing programs which have direct articulation agreements at WCU, through individual course transfer, or through proficiency examinations.
Students wishing to apply to the Emergency Medical Care Program must first be accepted as students of the university through the WCU Office of Admissions.
To be eligible for admission into the EMC major and the professional course sequence, students must have completed 60 semester hours, including all general education and pre-professional course requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C average).
Admission is competitive. Applicants must currently hold or be eligible for North Carolina EMT certification. Courses necessary to achieve certification are offered each semester on campus. Students holding out-of-state EMT certification may apply for reciprocity by contacting the North Carolina Office of EMS at 919-733-2285 .
The deadline for receipt of all application material for early admission of traditional students is February 15.
In order to be considered complete, the application form and all supporting documentation must be received by the EMC program director by 5 p.m. on February 15. The admissions committee will not review any applications for early admission received after the February 15 deadline.
Occasionally, space may be available for additional students after offers for early admissions have been made. If so, additional applications may be reviewed for late admissions. The deadline for application materials for late admissions is May 1.
Transfer students holding a current NC EMT-P or National Registry certification, may apply during any semester through the EMC Program Director.