Residential EMC Program FAQs

What are the Residential EMC Program entry requirements?

To enter the Residential EMC Program, you must have completed at least 60 hours of college credit, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. You must also have completed all of the pre-professional courses (BIOL 291, BIOL 292, EMC 240, EMC 241, and 2 semesters of chemistry).

If I am admitted to Western Carolina University, am I also admitted to the EMC program?

No, you must be admitted to the university and complete the Residential EMC Program Requirements.

What is the degree that I will receive?

Upon completion of all requirements for graduation, you will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Care. You also will have a concentration in one of two areas: Science (Pre-Med) or Health Management.

What are the concentrations?

The Health Management (HSM) concentration is a series of courses designed to prepare the student to assume leadership roles in EMS administration. Graduates of this track have pursued careers as EMS directors, EMS training officers, hospital administrators, and EMS consultants.

The Science/Pre-Med concentration consists of courses in physics, chemistry, and biology. This concentration prepares students to enter into paramedic education or research, or to continue their education through medical school, PA school, or graduate school.

If I have a degree in a health-related field, can I get advanced placement?

Yes. Your credits will be transferred to WCU based upon existing articulation agreements, credit by experience, or both.

If I am already a paramedic, can I get advanced placement?

Yes. 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.

How many credit hours must I take each semester?

To complete the degree in four years you must average 16 credit hours each semester.

When may I begin the Residential EMC Program?

A new class begins every fall semester. Enrollment is limited and students are encouraged to apply by February 15 each year to be considered for early admission. Applications for late admission must be received no later than May 1.

Will I have any clinical rotations?

Yes. All students (with the exception of currently certified paramedic transfer students) must complete clinical rotations at hospitals, emergency departments, and dialysis centers, as well as rural, suburban, and urban EMS systems. Optional rotations also are available at two helicopter EMS services for students interested in pursuing careers as flight paramedics and the burn center.

International Students 

What are the additional requirements as an international student?

If you are a transferring from another institution, you will need to obtain an enrollment letter by emailing the International Admissions Counselor at Please be sure all final transcripts have been sent to the WCU Admissions office.

Do I need an enrollment letter as an international student?

Yes, this is how we will determine if you have completed all of the pre-professional courses needed for EMC entry requirements.

How do I obtain an enrollment letter?

You will need to contact the International Admission Counselor at

I am on SACM (Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission) scholarship and I need an evaluation letter from EMC director, what are the steps to obtain one?

You will need to contact the International Admissions Counselor at for the proper steps.

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