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The Fall 2023 application deadline has been extended to June 15 (pending available space). Apply now!

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0)
  • 60 credits are required to start the program. Students who will have completed a minimum of 54 credits may be eligible.
  • EMT certification
    • 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.


Grade of C- (C for transfer), 3 credits minimum

  • Seminar in Composition*, 1 course
  • Writing Intensive, 1 course. ENGCMP 0400, 0450, 0530, or 0535 recommended.
  • Oral Communication, 1 course. COMMRC 0520 preferred; 0500, 0510, 0530 acceptable.
  • Algebra, 1 course. Exemption accepted.
  • Statistics, 1 course. STAT 0200 or STAT 1000 preferred.
  • Diversity*, 1 course
  • Literature*, The Arts*, Creative Work* or Philosophical Thinking and Ethics*, 1 course
  • Social Sciences*, 1 course
  • Natural Sciences*, 1 course
  • Cross-Cultural Awareness*, Global Issues*, or Specific Geographic Region*, 1 course

      ​*See the DSAS Catalog.

Prerequisite Worksheet

Application Requirements

  • Complete the application by June 15 (the deadline has been extended pending available space). Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.
  • Submit a one- to two-page personal essay 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.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Interview with the Emergency Medicine faculty. The EM program will contact you in the spring term to schedule an interview.

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. 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.