Emergency Medical Services

Terry Houston, EMS Coordinator
(828) 448-6751 • thouston@wpcc.edu

Nicole Carswell, Paramedic Program Director
(828) 430-1488ncarswell2@wpcc.edu


Carolina Wilderness EMS Summit is September 19-20, 2020

Carolina WIlderness EMS SUmmit LogoThe 2020 EMS Summit is scheduled for September 19 & 20 and is again being held in the Linville Gorge. Participants will have ample opportunities for hands-on training in EMS services provided in a wilderness setting.

The Summit is open to healthcare professionals who hold Advanced Life Support (ALS) training. Total course fee is $150 per student. This includes a $70 WPCC tuition fee and an $80 course fee. NC students meeting emergency services fee-exempt status do not pay the $70 community college tuition fee, but still must pay the $80 course fee.



Photo of WPCC Emergency Medical TechniciaN Students posing in the training ambulance
Western Piedmont Community College offers area rescue personnel training opportunities throughout the year, including Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and Paramedic courses. Learn more about our course offerings below.

EMS Training Calendars

Upcoming EMT Classes

Emergency Medical Technician – Night Session (#62201)

August 3 – Decenber 17, 2020
6:00 – 10:00 PM
(including 8 Saturday meetings (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) : 8/8, 8/22, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 12/5)

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Wilderness EMS Summit (#61895)

September 19 – 20, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Paramedic Program

Western Piedmont’s Emergency Services Training Center offers our 2021 Paramedic to EMTs interested in becoming certified as entry level paramedics. Our program offers you an educational experience that emphasizes professionalism and standardization. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a person in career transition, or functioning EMT, you will receive quality training and experience in this educational setting.  WPCC offers both a day and night class.  Paramedic certification will help students meet the local and regional labor market demands as well as fulfilling their career aspirations.

Our program goal is:  To prepare competent entrylevel Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Upcoming Paramedic Classes

Day Session

February 15 – November 30, 2021
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Location: Foothills Higher Education Center 182 and the Emergency Services Training Center as advised

Night Session

August 2, 2021 – September 29, 2022
Monday & Thursday
Alternating Saturdays: 08:30-17:00

Cost Information for Both Classes

All costs are approximate and are subject to change.

  • Registration:  $360.00 plus insurance fees (unless fee exempt)
  • Textbook: Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice (5th Edition) (ISBN 0134575962). Available at the WPCC Book Cellar(828) 448-3186  Approximate cost of $464.125.
  • Uniforms:  $100 (approximate)
  • Boots:  $100
  • Platinum Planner:  $97.50
  • Background Check:  $144.75
  • Certification Card Fees:  $30

Prerequisites for Paramedic Classes

  • Photo of the WPCC training ambulanceMust be 18 years of age to enroll into the course.
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency.
  • Placement Testing with reading, English language comprehension, and mathematical application and comprehension on the post-secondary level. Proof of successful completion of college-level English and/or college-level Math may be accepted upon approval of the paramedic director.
  • Possession of a valid and active North Carolina EMT Credential, NREMT or other state EMS Credential.
  • Co-Requisite: Successful Completion of an approved Anatomy and Physiology course:
    • EMS 3000: NC OEMS Anatomy and Physiology (offered by WPCC)
    • BIO 163: Basic Anatomy and Physiology
    • BIO 165 & BIO 166: Anatomy and Physiology I & II (must complete both sections)
    • BIO 168 & BIO 169: Anatomy and Physiology I & II (must complete both sections)
  • Must complete the application packet entirely and submit it prior to the close of business on Friday, December 18th, 2020. Each applicant will be notified by email or phone of acceptance to the 2021 paramedic class. Once the applicant receives official notification of acceptance, the applicant must complete the course registration form and pay associated fees with the records division on the main campus (Hildebrand Hall).
  • Due to the class complexity and prerequisite requirements, walk-ins will not be accepted.


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