Emergency Medical Care



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The Emergency Medical Care (EMC) concentration prepares EMS professionals for leadership roles in management or education.  These roles require the following skills: 

  • Planning
  • Research
  • Organizational operations
  • Educational strategies

Career options include but are not limited to EMS administration, community college or university education, evidence-based research, or best practices/quality assurance. 

The Master's degree is the highest educational credential offered within the EMC field. Successful MHS graduates have gone on to obtain doctoral degrees in related areas and further advance the profession of EMS. 


Employment Opportunities

  • EMS Director
  • EMS Training Officer
  • EMS Supervisor
  • EMS Educator
  • EMS Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Many others within the EMS and health care industry, local and state agencies, and academic institutions


Did you know...

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 23% from 2012-2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

With such a rapid increase in the need for EMTs and paramedics over the next ten years, there is also going to be a subsequent rise in the number of EMS professionals with advanced degrees needed to manage, train, and educate the growing workforce.

 Opportunities for  EMS professionals seeking leadership roles within the field will be greatest for those who are Master's prepared. 

According to the Department of Labor



EMC check sheet of required courses (Word)

For more information, visit the Graduate School Catalog.


 Congratulations to WCU EMC Students & Alumni!

Ginny O'Brien

Congratulations Ginny O'Brien! 
Ginny recently won "Best Oral Presentation" at the EMS Today Conference for her research completed along with other WCU students and professors.  Click HERE to see more information and posters from the Conference.




National EMS Today Conference Winners

National EMS Today Team Winners
Each year a national paramedic competition is held at the EMS Today conference. Teams from around the country are presented with a patient care scenario which tests their skills as paramedics. There are preliminary elimination rounds with the top teams competing in the final round. The winning 4-member team includes two WCU alums. Joe Crowder (far right) is the assistant director for Cumberland County EMS. Joe graduated from our undergraduate DL program, and also graduated in 2011 from the EMC concentration of the MHS program. Lee Westbrook (second from the right) is currently enrolled in the undergraduate DL program.



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