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Central Piedmont to offer associate degree in emergency medical science

Central Piedmont Community College will begin offering a two-year associate degree program in emergency medical science starting in August.

The program, which will have 25 students in its first class, will be offered in partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System to “meet a growing need in Mecklenburg County for paramedics,” Thursday’s news release said. Nationally, the demand for degree-level paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent over the next five to eight years.

For more than a decade, CPCC has provided entry-level EMT programs. In addition, Carolinas HealthCare has offered paramedic programs through the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Mecklenburg County Emergency Medical Services.

The new EMS degree program will be based at CPCC’s Merancas Campus, in Huntersville, with classes offered at three campuses: Merancas, Central (in uptown) and Levine (in Matthews). Classes will meet two evenings per week, alternating from week to week: Monday and Tuesday one week, and Wednesday and Thursday the next. The program also will include a Saturday option for some clinical and internship requirements. Course and clinical rotation instructors will come from CPCC, CHS and Medic.

The program will prepare students for entry- to intermediate-level employment in local, state and national EMS organizations. CPCC will hire a program director, a program coordinator and three full-time instructors. The program also will work with a cadre of part-time instructors who will serve as lab and clinical faculty.

Contact Michael Price, CPCC emergency medical services education, at mike.price@cpcc.edu or 704-330-4112 for more information.

Garloch: 704-358-5078
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