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Paramedic Degree Programs


The EKU Emergency Medical Care Program is the longest-accredited paramedic program in Kentucky and the second longest-accredited program in the United States of America, and has been providing outstanding education in prehospital emergency care since 1978. We offer well-established degrees (Associate of Science in Paramedicine & Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care) which include EMT and paramedic training.


Each of the following programs allows students to enter without any prior medical experience! To enter the Advanced Sequence of paramedic courses, students must have an EMT certification (which can be completed through our EMT courses offered each semester), a Healthcare Professional-level CPR or BLS certification, complete four prerequisite courses, and pass the entrance exam (offered every Spring semester).
*Students entering the program with current EMT & Healthcare Professional-level CPR certifications may earn up to 6 credit hours for those certifications. 

EMC BSc. - EMS Administration Option
EMC BSc. - Clinical/Fire & Safety Option
EMC BSc. - Paramedic Science/Pre-Med Option
A.S. - Paramedicine (Associate's Degree)


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. 

EMC BSc. - EMS Administration Option
A.S. - Paramedicine (Associate's Degree)


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.

Paramedic to Associate of Science Degree Degree Program


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

Minor in Emergency Medical Care
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate


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.

EKU Admissions
EKU Tuition & Fees
Scholarship Information
Transfer Equivalency Lookup (for students transferring from other schools)


Paramedics are healthcare providers and public safety officials who deliver critical patient care at the scene of injury and illness and transport patients between healthcare facilities. Acting as physician extenders, paramedics implement treatment protocols that essentially bring a hospital's 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 prehospital and inter-facility medicine.

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