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Emergency medicine students

The University of Pittsburgh offers one of the only bachelor degree programs in Emergency Medicine (EM) in the country. This program is designed to provide our graduates with a competitive advantage in the health care fields. Many graduating EM students continue on to medical school or other graduate level programs. Students are provided with a strong foundation in clinical experiences, educational expertise and administrative leadership. The program faculty are leading educators in their fields and take a dynamic and multidisciplinary approach to emergency medicine education. 

At the end of the junior year, students are eligible to sit for the exam to become certified paramedics.

EM Students Learning with Babies


With a mix of didactic, fieldwork and clinical experience, the Emergency Medicine Program uniquely prepares students to work as certified paramedics in out-of-hospital environments, as EMS professionals or to enter graduate school.

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Admission into the Emergency Medicine Program requires that all applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 college credits. View all admission and application requirements here.

Students in EM lab


The Emergency Medicine program curriculum features a slate of classroom seminars that complement the hands-on clinical experience students will get while doing their required rotations in various field sites around the Pittsburgh area. 

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Clinical Education

The EM program combines academic rigor with hands-on experience at world-renowned hospitals and EMS Agencies. In order to graduate, students will have completed at least 544 hours of clinical rotations at a number of the 49 clinical and field sites in and around the Pittsburgh area.

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A variety of scholarship opportunities are available to EM students. 


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Program Outcomes

Across the board, our EM students score well on outcomes assessments like the NREMT CBT and NREMT Practical, coinciding with our 100% placement rate.


The University of Pittsburgh EM Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (COAEMP). 

To Contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To Contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

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  • Tom Platt

    New EM Program Director Named

    Associate Professor Tom Platt has been named Emergency Medicine program director. Platt is currently vice chair of the Community Health Services division in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Professor Walt Stoy resigned his program director position but will remain with EM as a faculty member. 

  • Bob Seitz

    EM Faculty Receives Prestigious Volunteer Award

    Emergency Medicine Program Assistant Professor and alumnus Bob Seitz (BS '98) received the Clara Barton Meritorious Leadership Award from the American Red Cross National Chapter. This is the highest award the chapter presents, bestowing it on a volunteer who has provided outstanding leadership.

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