program overview

emergency medical science

Two emergency medical science students use a stethoscope on a training manikin during a class at the Durham Tech orange county campus.

* this program is financial aid eligible.
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.

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 logo1361 park street
clearwater, fl 33756
committee on accreditation of educational programs for the emergency medical services professions (coaemsp)
CoAEMSP8301 lakeview parkway
suite 111-312
rowlett tx, 75088

view student achievement outcome data. 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.

spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


orange county campus

credit hours


program stats

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average salary

outline of person

average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
bio-168 anatomy and physiology i 4
bio-169 anatomy and physiology ii 4
ems-110 emt 9
ems-220 cardiology ii 3
ems-231 ems clinical practicum iii 3
ems-240 patients with special challenges 2
ems-250 medical emergencies 4
ems-260 trauma emergencies 2
ems-270 life span emergencies 4
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
med-120 survey of medical terminology 2
psy-150 general psychology 3