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Residential EMC Program

EMC student in an emergency role play


Paramedics and EMTs are the front-line in the on-going efforts to improve the emergency health care delivery system in America.

Approximately half of our students take undergraduate EMC courses on the Cullowhee campus, giving them the opportunity to study in the state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences building and to receive hands-on training and instruction from our exceptional faculty.

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Students wishing to apply to the Residential Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Program must first be accepted as students of the University through the WCU Office of Admissions.

EMC Curriculum

The Emergency Medical Care, B.S. offers concentrations in science (pre-med) or health management.

Admission and Application

Admission to the Residential EMC Program is competitive. To be eligible for the professional course sequence, students must have completed 60 semester hours, including Liberal Studies and pre-professional course requirements, with a minimum 2.5-grade point average.

Pre-professional requirements include BIOL 291 and BIOL 292 (with an average of a C or higher), two semesters of Chemistry, and EMC 240 and EMC 241 or hold a minimum of a current North Carolina EMT-Basic certification (EMC 240 and 241 are offered every Fall and Spring semester). Admission requirements must be completed by August of the entering year.

Students holding out-of-state EMT certification must obtain North Carolina certification prior to entering the Program. Students may apply for reciprocity by contacting the North Carolina Office of EMS.

Prospective students are encouraged to develop a strong foundation in basic sciences and communications skills. Computer proficiency is highly recommended and students must have a laptop computer that meets the University requirements.

Current Paramedic practitioners who are graduates of associate degree or certificate programs (which have direct articulation agreements at WCU) will find transfer and advanced-standing mechanisms available for establishing credit towards the bachelor's degree. Advanced standing can also be gained through individual course transfer and credit by experience.

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 January 15. The admissions committee will not review any applications for early admission received after the January15 deadline.

Ready to apply? Complete the WCU EMC application form. Be sure to review the application instructions prior to completion and submission.

Residential EMC Program Costs

During the junior and senior years, EMC majors accepted to the program must bear additional expenses beyond tuition and fees for all WCU students. Students must purchase uniforms, professional liability insurance, clinical tracking software, additional vaccinations required by clinical affiliates, a clinical equipment kit, professional certification courses, and some textbooks. These estimated expenses are:

  • Uniforms; approximately $350
  • Additional vaccines; approximately $150
  • Insurance; approximately $30 annually
  • Textbooks; approximately $100 per semester
  • Certification courses; up to $80.00 per course
  • Clinical equipment kit; approximately $85.00
  • Clinical tracking software; approximately $80.00

In addition, students are required to furnish their own transportation to the sites of clinical experience.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Contact the program director for more information on the following scholarships:

Lovin-Belcher Scholarship

Norma Brake Cook Scholarship

Other loans, scholarships, and financial aid may be available to qualifying students in the specific health disciplines. Awards are made on the basis of need, academic promise, and personal qualifications. For complete information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

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