Admission Checklist

Any applicants seeking admission in to the Emergency Medical Science Associate Degree program must complete steps 1 through 5 between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. in order to be considered for acceptance for the Fall Semester 2018.

Print this admission procedure for your records and to track completion of all steps.

Step 1: Application __________ (date completed)

  • Submit a completed application electronically for the Emergency Medical Science program (A45340) of the Spring you wish to enroll by visiting the SCC homepage,, and clicking the link "New Students Start Here". (Application submissions are free of charge.)
  • If you wish to take general education courses for the EMS program prior to admission, then an additional application must be completed as an Associate in General Education (AGE) with Emergency Medical Science Interest applicant for the term and year you plan to begin general education courses.
  • Please note that the General Education application does not take the place of an application for the Emergency Medical Science program, nor is it required to be enrolled in the Emergency Medical Science.
  • For questions on completing an application, contact the Eagle's One Stop at 704-991-0123 or by emailing

Step 2: Transcripts __________ (date completed)

  • Submit to the Admissions Office an official high school transcript and official post-secondary transcripts for all institutions attended. Applicants who obtained a GED/Adult High School diploma must submit an official GED/AHS transcript and a high school transcript even if you did not complete high school.
  • After the Admissions Office has received and evaluated other college transcripts, you may view transfer credit awarded by clicking the My Documents tab in Web Advisor. For questions related to transfer credits, call the records department at 704-991-0331.
  • Step 3: Complete either Option A OR B

    Placement Testing__________ (date completed and scores)

    The NCDAP, Accuplacer, Compass, or Asset placement scores can be used for this requirement. The required scores are listed in the table below:

    • If test results indicate a need for developmental studies, all developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in the Emergency Medical Science Program.
    • Please note that applicants who fail to achieve the required minimum scores on the first attempt of the placement test may retest once during a twelve-month period. When retesting, applicants will retest only on those sections of the test that were not successfully completed on a previous attempt. Placement test scores older than five years are not valid for admission consideration. Placement testing is free for applicants of SCC.
    • Applicants having already completed ENG 111 and an approved college math course may be exempt from placement testing. Placement test scores older than five years are not accepted.
    • It is encouraged that you prepare for this test. Practice items can be located on the SCC homepage under the testing and tutoring link of the "current students" tab. For questions related to how to schedule the placement test, contact the Eagle's One Stop at (704) 991-0123 or
    • SAT, ACT, or PLAN scores do not satisfy this requirement for Emergency Medical Science Program admissions.

    Required Scores Table

     NC DAP (newest placement test)ACCUPLACERCOMPASS ASSETClasses/Transfer Credit 
    WritingWriting and Reading Composite: 151 or higher867041 
    Reading 808141 
    Math7 or higher on DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, and 0507 or higher on DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, and 050 or 55 Pre-Algebra 55 Algebra47 Pre-Algebra 46 Algebra41 Pre-Algebra 41 AlgebraSuccessful completion of DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050 or MAT 170, MAT 140 within the last 5 years. Math transfer courses outside the NC Community College system will be evaluated on an individual basis.
    • If unable to meet the required placement test scores, an applicant can complete ALL general education courses required within the Emergency Medical Science program of study. See option B below:

    Option B: Complete ALL general education courses required for the Emergency Medical Science program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 by the required application deadline.

    • These courses include: ENG 111 and 112 or 114, BIO 163, PSY 150, MAT 143, and a Humanities elective.
    • If general education courses are completed at institutions other than Stanly Community College, official transcripts must be received in the SCC Admissions Office before a student will be eligible for admission to the respiratory therapy program.

    Step 4: Complete ACA 111 __________ (date completed)

    • Students must successfully complete or be enrolled in Stanly Community College's ACA 111, College Student Success. Course must be completed before full acceptance into the EMS program.
    • Transfer courses are not accepted.

    Step 5: Maintain 2.0 GPA (ongoing)

    • For the applicant who has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the Emergency Medical Science Bridge Program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required throughout the program.

    After conditional acceptance is granted by the admissions office, applicants must provide successful completion of the following:

    Step 6: Submit a properly completed medical form to the EMS Program Director. The medical form is to be signed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner.

    Step 7: Submit current CPR certification for healthcare providers that is endorsed by the American Heart Association. Current CPR certification is required throughout the student's attendance in the EMS program.

    Acceptance Procedure

    The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program accepts a maximum of 20 students each year. Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 through 5 of the admission requirements. The applicants will be ranked in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps.

    Applicants who apply to the EMS program after the 20 seats are filled will be placed on an alternate list in the order in which they completed all admission requirements. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance, those applicants on the alternate list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll.

    If an applicant whose name appears on the alternate list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit another application in order to be considered for admission the following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year).

    Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wishes to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

    Readmission to the EMS program requires a waiting period of one full school year if you withdraw from the EMS program during the fall semester. (Example - if you withdraw in Spring, 2017, the soonest you will be able to apply for reentry to the SCC EMS program will be for the Fall, 2019).

    Readmission to the SCC EMS program has a time limit of 3 years from the semester of withdrawal for any continuing student*. (Example - if you withdraw in March, 2017, you must be readmitted by January, 2020 in order to attempt completion of the program**)

    *student must successfully pass any reentry competencies

    **any new admission guidelines will apply

    Background Checks / Drug Screening

    Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and possibly a finger print check after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training.

    Based on the results of the checks, hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training, may deny access to their facility, resulting in the student's inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement.