Emergency Medical Services and Management (proposed FA 14)

1. What makes Lees-McRae College's program unique?

The Emergency Medical Services and Management (EMS&M) program will be one of twelve baccalaureate degree programs in the nation, and it will be the second program of its kind implemented in North Carolina. This program will be located in the May School of Nursing and Allied Health and will benefit from opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary curriculum and professional experiences. The EMS&M program will also afford students opportunities to volunteer and work in their field while in college. Upon graduation, students will have 600 hours of clinical experience.

2. How is this 4-year program different than a 2-year program?

Based on research conducted through the Office of North Carolina Emergency Medical Services and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services World periodicals, there is a career gap between emergency medical services educators (EMS), administrators and paramedics. This gap limits personnel from job opportunities that lead to management, relevant certification and leadership opportunities. The Lees-McRae College EMS&M program provides students with baccalaureate education, certification options and professional experience to fill that gap.

3. What is covered in the curriculum?

Major yearly milestones provide students with the opportunity to earn certification as/in:
1. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
2. Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
3. Paramedic (EMT-P)
4. Disaster Management

Students will have the opportunity to acquire additional certifications which include, but are not limited to: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator (CPR & AED), Wilderness Emergency Medicine, Water Safety Instructor, Pediatric Education for the Pre-Hospital Provider (PEPP), Scuba Diving Certification, Disaster Management, Basic Trauma Life Support, and Advance Cardiac Life Support.

4. What career opportunities will be available to graduates from this program?

The EMS&M program is considered to be a professional studies-based program, leading directly to job placement upon graduation. In addition, graduates will be prepared for graduate schools and other professional programs. After completing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician test, graduates may acquire certification to become EMS educators and be prepared to work in a wide range of emergency and allied health areas.

Job opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Air Ambulance Paramedic
Ambulance Community Officer
Bicycle Response Paramedic
Clinical Instructor
Community Emergency Response Team
Community Support Coordinator
Disaster Response Team
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Department Paramedic
EMS Educator
EMS Director
EMS Training Officer
Health Educator
Medical Assistant in offices and other medical facilities
Medical Transport Coordinator
Patient Care Technologist/Technician
Red Cross Disaster Management Team
Search and Rescue Team (with proper certifications)
Special Event Paramedic

5. What type of facilities will be available to students?

The May School of Nursing and Allied Health will be completed by August 2014 and is located on the main campus of Lees-McRae College. EMS&M faculty and students will have an office in the facility and access to two classrooms, an EMS simulation lab, a nursing and hospital simulation lab, an apartment set-up and an athletic training lab. Field trips will be a strong component of the program.

6. How soon can I apply to the EMS&M program?

Students may enroll now as a student at Lees-McRae. The EMS&M program is proposed to begin in fall 2014.
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7. Who should I contact about transferring to Lees-McRae College?

For questions about transfer enrollment or to have your transcripts reviewed, please contact Candace Silver at silverc@lmc.edu or 828-898-2417.

8. How can I get more information about Nursing and Allied Health Programs?

For more information on Nursing, Allied Health and other programs at Lees-McRae College, you may complete an inquiry form or contact Admissions at 800-280-4LMC or admissions@lmc.edu.

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