Western Carolina University offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Care (EMC) and is one of only fourteen institutions in the nation offering this degree. As well as being the first EMC program in the nation, WCU's EMC program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
WCU's EMC program has a rich history of quality instruction in emergency medicine. Graduates have pursued careers as paramedics, educators, physicians, physician assistants, researchers, and Emergency Medical Services administrators. During completion of their paramedic studies, students will concentrate in one of two areas: Health Services Management or Science. The health service management concentration includes courses in business and health care administration and is intended for students pursuing an administrative role upon graduation.
Students planning to continue their studies following graduation will find the science concentration a convenient means of completing prerequisite courses for medical or graduate school. You will take your courses primarily online. Most coursework involves reading, viewing streaming lectures, online discussions, and testing using a personal computer, the Internet, and our Blackboard online course management system. Your coursework is asynchronous and may be scheduled around your work schedule.