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The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medicine (EM) program is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Our program is considered an upper-division major requiring students to enter the Emergency Medicine Program after completing 60 college credits including prerequisite courses.

Program Summary
60 credits required to begin program (see prerequisite courses); 120 credits total required to graduate Program starts fall term only

2 years (4 terms) completed at junior and senior year level

Average class size: 50 students

Becoming a Paramedic

For over 50 years, paramedics have functioned in the out-of-hospital environment, providing emergency care to people with life-threatening illness or injury. Today, the field of out-of-hospital medicine is expanding rapidly to include community paramedicine and other aspects of patient care in additon to emergency response. As this field continues to evolve, academically prepared leaders and educators are needed to help shape the future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and overall patient care. Following successful completion of the junior year, students are eligible to sit for the Paramedic National Certification Examinations, administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Students will be certified paramedics upon successful completion of the examinations.

*Recognizing that students will be entering the program with varying levels of education and experience, students are admitted into the program at the appropriate level based on the student's career and academic experiences. Currently certified paramedics will be awarded 39 credits of advanced standing.

Emergency Medicine Career Options

Due to the ever-changing health care industry and the integral part EMS has played in public safety and public health, EMS has evolved to more than an emergency response system. We now play a vital role in improving the general health of the population in the communities we serve. The demand is also growing for EMS professionals to have expertise in business, management, teaching, and clinical techniques. This program is intended to give its students an edge in the field.

Starting Paramedic Salaries (Average): $39,090—$49,615