EMS Bridge Program

The Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program is designed to allow currently certified non-degree paramedics to earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Science.

Paramedics enrolled in the bridge program must complete the following EMS courses:

  • EMS Bridge Course
  • Rescue Scene Management

  • Pharmacology II
  • Emergency Vehicles and EMS Communications
  • EMS Capstone


Specific Entrance Requirements

General college admission requirements.

  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Successfully complete College Placement Test.
  3. High School transcript or GED scores on file with admissions office.
  4. Official transcript of any prior college credit on file with admissions office.
  5. Possess current North Carolina driver's license.
  6. Complete interview with EMS Department faculty.
  7. At least 4,000 hours of patient contact at the paramedic level as evidenced by the signature of the director of the EMS agency with which the paramedic is affiliated and the medical director of the ALS system with which the paramedic is affiliated.
  8. Current Paramedic credential along with the following certifications:
    (A copy of your initial paramedic education program transcript and all certifications must be on file in the EMS Department.)
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    • Basic Trauma Life Support
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The above certifications and experience (4-9) will provide 41 hours of proficiency credit toward the A.A.S. degree and will count toward the A-B Tech residency requirement. These 41 hours represent the major area (EMS) courses required for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and paramedic credentials that are not required as part of the EMS Bridge Program.

This program consists of: Credit Hours
Major Courses (EMS Prefix) 53
Related and General Education Courses 22
English/Oral Communications 6
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Natural Science/Mathematics 8
Social Sciences 3
Other 2
Program Total

*At least 25% of required credits (19 credit hours) must be earned at A-B Tech.