Piedmont Community College (PCC) is adding a new health and wellness option for future prospective students. PCC already offers Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Nursing and Medical Assisting, as well as short-term certification courses such as Nurse Aid, Pharmacy Technician, and EMT/Paramedic Programs. This new addition takes one of the popular short-term continuing education programs and presents it in a new associate degree option.

PCC was approved to begin offering Emergency Medical Science (EMS) as an Associate in Applied Science Degree. This option will help fulfill new requirements by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services that new paramedics must possess an associate degree beginning in 2025.

For current paramedics who wish to return to complete their degree, there will also be an option for a ‘Paramedic to EMS Bridge’ program where advanced credit will be awarded for current paramedic certification.

“There is a critical need to not only increase the EMS workforce, but also to provide opportunities for professional development in the area of management,” Alisa Montgomery, PCC Dean of Health and Wellness said. “This new program will help fulfill a critical shortage in the healthcare workforce.”

PCC is offering numerous opportunities to gain short-term continuing education certification during the upcoming fall semester, beginning in August. Course options include Nurse Aid I and Nurse Aid II, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Administrative Assistant, Cardiovascular Technician, Pharmacy Technician, CPR certification for the public, and more.

For more information about the EMS Associate Degree option, the Continuing Education Paramedic option, or the EMS Bridge program for current Paramedics, contact Heather Franklin at heater.franklin@piedmontcc.edu or (336) 694-8052, or visit PCC online for details at www.piedmontcc.edu/emt-paramedic.

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