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Emergency Medical Science (A45340A)

Associate in Applied Science

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce.

Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Employment Competencies

Technical Standards of the Profession

As an Emergency Medical Services student, it is necessary to possess certain physical, mental and emotional abilities/skills to function effectively and efficiently in the role of health care provider. The Emergency Medical Services student must also demonstrate a set of abilities/skills referred to as ‘technical standards’ which include the following six (6) categories: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, behavioral/social and emotional intelligence.

Reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a student must be able to perform in an independent manner. Such accommodations will be provided in accordance with Disabilities Services at RCC. The following abilities/skills are required, with or without accommodations.

EMS students must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe and participate in the classroom, laboratory and all clinical settings.

  1. Functional vision – 1) see from 20 inches to 20 feet and beyond, 2) use depth perception and peripheral vision, and 3) distinguish color and color intensity.
  2. HearingBe able to hear sounds at varying levels (normal speaking volume, faint voices, faint body sounds and equipment alarms.)
  3. OlfactoryBe able to detect odors from patients and the environment.
  4. Tactile Sensation – Be able to adequately and accurately observe or assess clients and to elicit information through procedures regularly required in the care of clients or groups of clients.

EMS students must be able to communicate effectively in the classroom, laboratory and all clinical settings. Students must be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing
  2. Recognize, understand and interpret instructional material required during medical education
  3. Use appropriate grammar, spelling and vocabulary when completing classwork and clinical documentation that is submitted into FISDAP, and
  4. Work cooperatively and professionally with others (i.e., EMS, fire, hospital, patients, family, etc.)

EMS students must have sufficient motor function to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and to provide effective, quality care to clients. Motor function includes both gross and fine motor skills, strength and coordination, physical stamina.

Gross Motor Skills
EMS students must be able to:

  1. Sit and stand while maintaining balance in the educational setting and in the ambulance, and
  2. while working above and below waist height

Fine Motor Skills
EMS students must be able to:

  1. Write and type, and
  2. Pinch, pick up, grasp, squeeze or otherwise work with fingers

Strength, Coordination and Stamina
EMS students must be able to:

  1. Stand, stoop, move quickly, do repetitive movements, walk, climb stairs, back-up stairs with weight (50 pounds), push/pull (up to 100 pounds) and
  2. Lift (up to 100 pounds) and

Crouch, kneel, bend and twist for extended periods of time.  Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour. Lifting and moving up to 300 pounds with the assistance of 2-3 persons.


EMS students must be able to perform measurements and calculations, read charts and graphs, adhere to professional ethics and demonstrate a professional manner and insight in the communication process. In order to complete any coursework in the paramedic major, the student must be able to demonstrate mastery in reading and comprehension and use them together to demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning. 1) Plan/control activities for others, 2) Use appropriate knowledge and skills, and 3) sequence information.


Behavior and Social

EMS students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and prompt completion of all academic and client care responsibilities. The development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients and other members of the health care team is essential. The role requires flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation and the ability to 1) control interpersonal conflict, 2) respect differences among patients and other medical staff, and 3) establish rapport with patients and their family members and co-workers.


Emotional Intelligence

EMS students must possess and further develop emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence encompasses knowledge and management of one’s own emotional life and the skills to process the various workplace and client situations that arise including death of a client unexpectedly or with prolonged suffering, negative responses to care, or strained work environments or coworker relationships. Responses to giving and receiving feedback both positive and negative are also a part of emotional intelligence. EMS students must be able to 1) adapt to ever-changing, unpredictable and stressful situations, 2) monitor own emotions, 3) perform multiple responsibilities concurrently, 4) handle strong emotions during and following stressful events from patients, family members, bystanders and other professionals and 5) recognize, process and develop coping strategies that may be used to mitigate the emotional toll that highly intense situations encountered with EMS may take on the technician.



Health care and Emergency Medical Services are often delivered in high stress areas, requiring management of multiple roles, tasks and decisions simultaneously. The equipment and supplies used in the delivery of care may present a danger to individuals with sensitivities and allergies, especially to certain fumes and/or latex products.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Detailed current information for interested applicants is located on the RCC website. Applicants must submit all required documentation by established deadlines detailed on the Emergency Medical Science [EMS] acceptance time line.
  2. Students must be able to fulfill all Program Technical Standards as outlined in the health sciences admission policy.
  3. Complete minimum admission requirements by specified date at the end June of the admission year.
  4. Students must successfully complete the following courses with a “C” or higher for the EMS program: ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 150, and Humanities/Fine Arts elective.
  5. All transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for a student to be considered for admission.
  6. Upon program acceptance, must submit to a background check, drug screening and medical review/screen to include physical examination and immunizations. All fees associated with background check, drug screen and medical review are the responsibility of the student.
  7. It is the student’s responsibility to review all program materials and stay current with program requirements, policies and procedures.
  8. All advance level EMS courses must be taken in sequence.
  9. Student must successfully complete each course with a “C” or higher to remain in the program.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audiences.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Outcomes Pass Rates by Year
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Communication 45% 66% 36% 61%
Information Literacy 87% 64% 61% 51%
Critical Thinking 51% 52% 41% 65%


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