Additional Information

Program Policies

There are no additional admissions requirements that differ from admission to Lees-McRae College. However, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a grade of B- or higher in all EMSM courses. 

Admission to the Program

Students who are accepted to Lees-McRae College are not automatically accepted into the EMSM program if they have chosen this path of study. Additional requirements must be met during the sophomore year for entry into the
program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout their freshman and sophomore years and earn grades of C or better in all college-level science and math courses. In addition, the application process requires students to submit a letter of intent and three letters of recommendation, and participate in an interview. 

Once accepted, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a grade of B- or higher in all EMSM courses in order to remain in the program. The curriculum and standards set forth by the EMSM program establish the essential qualities necessary for students to be successful and to obtain the knowledge, skills and competencies expected of an EMS professional.

Additionally, there are certain qualities and dispositions expected for EMSM students in order to remain in the program. The following abilities and expectations must be met by EMSM students, with and without reasonable accommodations, in order for the student to remain in the program. Candidates for selection to the EMSM program
must demonstrate:

  • The mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments and be able to distinguish deviations from the norm.
  • Sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques, and accurately, safely and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.
  • The ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately.
  • The capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
  • The perseverance, diligence and commitment to complete the EMSM education program as outlined and sequenced.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations.
  • Effective skills and appropriate demeanor and rapport that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for selection to the EMSM program will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards, or demonstrate that the standards may be met. The Lees-McRae College Coordinator of Accessibility Services will evaluate a student who states he/she could meet the program’s standards with accommodations and confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. If a student states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the College will determine whether it agrees that the student can meet the technical standards with reasonable accommodation; this includes a review as to whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account whether accommodations would jeopardize clinician/ patient safety or the
educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework, clinical experiences and internships deemed essential to graduation.

Students who cannot subscribe to the standards as listed above must certify that they have read and understand the technical standards of selection listed and attest to the best of their knowledge that they can meet each of these standards with certain accommodations. Students are responsible for contacting the Lees-McRae College Coordinator of Accessibility Services to determine what accommodations may be available. It must be understood that if the student is unable to meet these standards with or without accommodations, they will not be admitted into the program.

Associated Costs

The EMSM program makes every effort to keep additional costs to the students to a minimum. However, there are certain costs that students should expect. These may include:

  • Liability Insurance
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Series or Declination
  • Automobile for Transportation to Off-campus Clinical Education Sites (required in summer semesters)
  • All students accepted into the EMSM program must have black EMS-style pants and black safety-toed boots for clinical internships. Shirts will be issued by the program.

Transfer Student Policy

A transfer student with sufficient collegiate EMS experience may be admitted to the Lees-McRae College EMSM program on a case-by-case basis. 

Applicants with prior experience will be required to provide a recommendation from a supervising EMS professional at or above their level, and documentation from the transfer institution indicating proficiency of clinical skills at the time of application. A transfer student with sufficient collegiate EMS credits or experience will be allowed to challenge freshman competencies and may be admitted to the EMSM program on a probationary basis. Transfer students desiring advanced placement status within the program will be required to demonstrate satisfactory completion of EMSM courses with a grade of “B” or better and Program Director approval. Transfer students will need to submit a copy of all current certifications and licenses with their application materials.

Retention Policy

Once a student is formally accepted into the EMSM program, they must maintain the following:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A grade of B- or better in all major coursework
  • Current American Heart Health Care Provider CPR certification. A current copy of CPR card must be on file in the Program Coordinator’s office each year
  • Abide by published EMSM program policies
  • Demonstrate qualities and dispositions outlined on pages 151-152 of the 2014-15 College Catalog.

Any change in status will result in a written letter/contract, a copy of which must be signed and placed in the student’s file. Any requirements listed in the contract must be satisfied in one semester.