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Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Program

The first Baccalaureate Emergency Medical Care (EMC) program in the nation, WCU's EMC 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 EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). The Program is one of the only institutions in the nation offering a unique Bachelor of Science (BS) degree dedicated to pre-hospital providers. Program options include both a residential program on our Cullowhee campus and an online option that’s convenient for working professionals. To participate in the Online (Distance) program, students must provide proof of state or National Registry paramedic certification, or completion of U.S. Army SOCM or 18D MOS.

WCU EMC students concentrate in one of two areas: Health Management or Science.

  • Health Management Concentration: prepares graduates for leadership roles in healthcare, EMS administration positions, and graduate school.
  • Science: prepares graduates for medical school, physician assistant programs, dental school, physical therapy programs, and graduate school (may require on campus courses).

WCU's EMC Program has a rich history of quality instruction in emergency medicine. Our graduates have pursued careers as paramedics, educators, physicians, physician assistants, researchers, and EMS administrators.

Emergency Medical Care Program Outcomes

  2022 2021 2020
NC Paramedic Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 93.8%
NREMT Paramedic Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 90%
Attrition 16.7% 16.7% 25.9%
Retention 83.3% 83.3% 74.1%
Positive Placement 100% 100% 100%


EMC Faculty

Our exceptional faculty members are available here on the Cullowhee campus and through our online EMC Program.

Bill Faust

Interim Distance/Online Program Coordinator

Denise Wilfong

Clinical Education Coordinator

Name Role
David Trigg Professor Emeritus
David French Medical Director
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