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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine students

Visit the Undergraduate Program in Emergency Medicine at McKee Place:

The University of Pittsburgh offers one of the only bachelor degree programs in Emergency Medicine (EM) in the United States. This program is designed to provide our graduates with a competitive advantage in EMS, health care, and graduate and professional study. Many graduating EM students use this foundation to continue on to medical school, physician assistant 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 completion of their junior year, students who have met the eligibility requirements may take the National Registry Paramedic examination to become national- and state-certified paramedics. The Emergency Medicine Program has an outstanding track record of success on the certification examinations.

EM Students Learning with Babies


The Emergency Medicine Program combines didactic classroom knowledge, practical laboratory experiences with hospitals, and ambulance clinical experiences to prepare students as competent entry-level paramedics. This foundational education allows graduates to work as clinicians both in and out of the hospital. It also provides an excellent opportunity to continue in nursing, physician assistant, or medical school.

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Admission into the Emergency Medicine Program requires a minimum of 60 college credits, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a successful interview. View all admission and application requirements here.

Students in EM lab


The Emergency Medicine Program combines all three learning domains—cognitive, affective, and psychomotor—in the classroom, laboratory, and through clinical experiences to deliver a comprehensive curriculum.

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Clinical Education

The Emergency Medicine Program has access to some of the best EMS agencies and world-renown clinical facilities throughout Western Pennsylvania. The clinical and field experiences combine the academic rigor of the classroom with real-world, hands-on patient care opportunities. Students complete a minimum of 544 hours at EMS agencies and hospitals throughout our region.

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A limited number of scholarship opportunities are available to students in the Emergency Medicine Program.


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Program Outcomes

The Emergency Medicine Program is very proud of the efforts of our students and faculty which is demonstrated by our low attrition rates and outstanding success on the national certification examination offered by the National Registry of EMTs.


The Univerisity of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendations of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

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

Join our students and faculty for a lab day in the Emergency Medicine program:

  • 100%
    Overall Passing Rate on National Registry Exam