Steven Wilson
Orange County Campus, room 108D
919-536-7200, ext. 4219

Plan of Study

(Courses by Semester)
* This program is financial aid eligible.

Emergency Medical Science

Long Term

The Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) 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.

The program prepares students to become competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advance Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Accreditation Information

The Durham Tech EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
CAAHEP logo1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
CoAEMSP red, white, and blue logo8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX, 75088

Emergency Medical Science Student Achievement Outcome Data

Year Students Started Students Graduated Positive Placement (see note below) Did not Finish Durham Tech Program Completion First Time State Exam Pass Rate State Exam Pass Rate (cumulative) First Time National Exam Pass Rate National Exam Pass Rate (cumulative)
2021-2022 24 19 19 5 79% 100% 100% 78% 100%
2020-2021 24 23 21 1 96% 100% 100% 95% 100%
2019-2020 23 22 22 1 96% 100% 100% 91% 100%

Note: Per COAEMSP: Positive placement means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in the profession or in a related field; or continuing his/her education; or serving in the military. A related field is one in which the individual is using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies acquired in the educational program.

Durham Tech EMS Core Paramedic Curriculum courses align with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic Instruction (NHTSA). View course equivalency information.

How to Enroll

View enrollment steps for the Emergency Medical Science program.

Paramedic Non-credit

Also see the Paramedic non-credit option to complete certification courses in 10 months. Completed courses can be applied towards the Emergency Medical Science AAS degree program in the future.

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Fall Application Deadline is Jul 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Orange County Campus

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EMS-110 EMT 9
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MED-120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2

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