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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, all ethnic and racial backgrounds, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0) is required for admission.
  • Credits required to begin the program
    • To enter the program as a junior, 60 credits are required. 
    • To enter the program as a senior, 51 credits are required. Credits taken towards paramedic certification/licensure are not included towards these required college credits.
  • Prerequisites must be completed for a letter grade, minimum grade of C- (C for transfer) unless otherwise noted; with the exception of AP/IB credits and/or exemptions awarded by the University of Pittsburgh. Courses listed below are offered at the Pittsburgh Campus. Courses taken at the regional Pitt campuses or external institutions must be evaluated as equivalent to satisfy these requirements. Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.
    • Natural Sciences or Psychology, 6 credits
    • Humanities or Social Sciences, 6 credits
    • Oral (COMMRC 0300 or higher) or Written Communication (ENGCMP 0200 or higher, or any intensive writing (W) course), 6 credits
    • Mathematics or Statistics or Computer Science, 4 credits
    • Additional credits from above content areas, 8 credits
  • Certification/Licensure requirements
    • EMT certification is required to enter the program as a junior. Applicants are encouraged to take EM 1102 with lab (4 credits) or may provide a copy of their EMT card with their application. Admitted students who have not taken EM 1102 will be required to complete the credit by course examination process.
    • Current certification/licensure as a paramedic is required to enter the program as a senior. 
    • Currently serving military (ADM) applicants entering the program as seniors are required to have current certification/licensure as a paramedic, ATP, or equivalent. 

Application Requirements

  • Complete the application for admission
  • Upload a one- to two-page personal essay to your application discussing how you became interested in the field, any work or volunteer experience you have that demonstrates your awareness of the field, and your long-term professional goals. Also include other areas of interest, extracurricular activities, and leadership experiences.
  • One letter of recommendation is required. A letter from a college instructor/professor or supervisor is preferred. You will provide your recommender's name and email in the application portal and they will receive a system email with a link to a recommendation portal. 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review.
    • The SHRS admission team will pull transcripts for Pitt students. 
    • Transfer students should have provided all their transcripts to the Pitt Admissions Office when they submitted their transfer application.
  • Have a personal interview with the Emergency Medicine faculty.

Application Deadline

  • Students entering as juniors: March 15, 2022. Applications received after the deadline will be considered, if space is available, until June 1, 2022.
  • Students entering as seniors: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Senior applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Bob Seitz prior to applying to the EM program.

Admission Timeline

Once your application is complete, the EM program will contact you to schedule an interview. Application review begins in January. Interviews take place in the spring term. Decisions are typically available in late April. 

Please note that admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

Financial Information for students entering the program as juniors

A non-refundable program fee of $1,500 covering both the fall and spring terms of the junior year will appear on the fall tuition invoice. Student tuition rates for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences can be found here. This program also requires students to complete clinical education at facilities external to the University, and such facilities will require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34/73 clearance, physical examination, and a drug screen to determine whether the student applicant is qualified to participate in the clinical education. Students are required to maintain health insurance throughout the entire junior year and strongly recommended for senior year. Students are required to purchase and maintain classroom and clinical uniforms. Additionally, in order to become certified/licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.

Students enrolling in the EM Program must meet the technical standards as established in the PA DOH Functional Position Description for Paramedics