The state of North Carolina is considering a proposal that would require a two-year associate degree for new paramedics, and Edgecombe Community College is working to be prepared for the likelihood of new regulations.
The college recently launched a program that enables students to earn an associate degree in Emergency Medical Science.
“What makes this program important and unique is that it improves a student’s ability to document incidents,” said Adam Culbertson, fire and EMS coordinator at ECC. “They learn better writing skills and better math skills.
“Our goal is to provide supplementary education for paramedics.”
The N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services proposal, if passed, would impact only paramedic applicants who apply for credentials after July 1, 2023.