Emergency Medical Services

2021 Paramedic Graduates

  • No.of Graduates:  6
  • NCOEMS / NREMTP Pass Rate:  100%
  • Retention Rate:  66%
  • Employee Data:  100%

Terry Houston,
Director of Occupational Extension

(828) 448-6751 • thouston@wpcc.edu

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


2022 Externship LogoWilderness EMS Summit Set
for September 17 & 18

The 2022 Wilderness EMS Summit is set for September 17-18, 2022 in the Linville Gorge Wilderness of Burke County. Sponsored by WPCC with instruction provided by Hawk Ventures, the Summit attracts EMS personnel and physicians from throughout the southeastern United States for a weekend of intense hands-on training. information on the Summit, including class descriptions is available from Hawk Ventures.

The WPCC section number for the Summit is 65673. Registration for Summit is now open online.

Learn About the Summit

Will Soper, who has participated both as a student and instructor at the Summit, shares his experiences with it in this video.


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.

The GEER Scholarship

Students in certain WPCC programs (including Emergency Medical Services) may be eligible for tuition assistance through the GEER Scholarship.



EMS Training Calendars

Upcoming EMT Classes

Emergency Medical Technician – Day Session (#65988)

June 6 – August 12, 2022
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 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.

Interested students should contact Nicole Carswell via phone (828-430-1488) or via e-mail (ncarswell2@wpcc.edu) for information on how to register for Paramedic classes.

Upcoming Paramedic Classes

Day Session

March 29, 2022 – May 4, 2023
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. Cost of $346 plus tax.
  • 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)
    • EMS 3163: Basic Anatomy and Physiology (offered at 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. Contact Nicole Hudson via phone (828-430-1488) or via e-mail (ncarswell2@wpcc.edu) for information on how to register.
  • Due to the class complexity and prerequisite requirements, walk-ins will not be accepted.


The Western Piedmont Community College Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review, which is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

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Page Updated February 9, 2022