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Paramedic Degree Programs

About Our Program

The EKU Emergency Medical Care Program is the longest-accredited Paramedic program in Kentucky and the second longest-accredited program in America, and has been providing outstanding education in pre-hospital emergency care since 1978. We offer well-established Associate of Science & Bachelor of Science degrees in Emergency Medical Care.

On-Campus Degree Programs:

Each of the following programs allows students to enter without any prior medical experience, but requires completion of an EMT course (offered each semester), and admission to/completion of our Advanced Sequence of clinical courses in order to complete. Students entering these programs with current EMT & Professional CPR certifications may be awarded approximately 6 credits for those certifications. 

Online Degree Programs:

These programs can be completed entirely online, but students must have an existing Paramedic certification to enroll in them. Students are awarded credit for equivalent coursework already completed during their initial Paramedic training. These programs are administered through the University's e-Campus division. 

On-Campus Degree Completion Programs:

These programs allow students with an existing Paramedic certification to transition into a degree. After completing their Associates degrees, students may then continue on to a Bachelors degree.

On-Campus Certificate Programs:

These programs allow students pursuing majors other than EMC to add courses within our program their plan of study.

Attending Our Program

The following links will take you to the most up-to-date information about admissions requirements and cost of attendance. For EMC students specifically, there are some additional costs beyond those listed on these pages such as uniforms, course materials, and professional liabiliy insurance. Our program makes funds available to assists students in need to assist them in meeting these additional costs, and we encourage interested applicants to contact us for specific information.

What Paramedics Do

Paramedics are healthcare providers and public safety officials who deliver critical patient care at the scene of injury and illness, and while transporting patients between healthcare facilities. Acting as physician extenders, Paramedics implement treatment protocols that bring the hospital Emergency Department to the patient, wherever that patient is. Paramedics intubate, administer complex medications, shock hearts, interpret blood gas measurements, program mechanical ventilators., deliver babies, cut people out of mangled vehicles, perform confined space and high-angle rescue, manage disaster scenes, and provide healthcare for a wide range of illnesses. In short, Paramedics are specialists in pre-hospital and inter-facility medicine.

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