Skip to main content

Paramedic to Associate of Paramedicine (ASP) Degree Program

Admission Requirements:

Current holders of National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians – Paramedic (NRP or State credentialing as defined by the program) certification may earn the Associate of Paramedicine (ASP) degree through an accelerated program offered by the EMC department. Applicants for admission into this accelerated program are accepted each semester.

Program Students admitted into the NRP to ASP program will be required to take all general education and supporting coursework for the Associate of Science Paramedicine (A.S.P.).

Core Courses:

EMC 380 and 382.

After successful completion of both EMC 380 and 382, students will receive 18 credit hours which include             EMC 335, 340, 342, 352, 360, 362.

EMC 105, 110, 225, 240. Credit for EMC 105, 110, 225, 240 is available through successful completion of department proficiency          examinations.

EMC 104, 310, 315, and 320. Current and maintained certification in AHA CPR for Healthcare Professionals, ACLS-EP, PALS (and/or PEPP),and certification in PHTLS (or ITLS) may result in credit for EMC 104, 310, 315, and 320.

Supporting and General Education Courses are required:

General Education Elements:

Element 1. ENG 101, 102; Element 3. Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours); and Element 5B and Social Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours);

Supporting Courses:

BIO 171, 301.

A total of 64 credit hours are required to obtain the Paramedicine (A.S.P.). Students must also obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all EMC courses, and BIO 171, 301. Students must also maintain an overall EKU GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Transferring Paramedic Credit into the EMC Program

Effective January 2013 the National Registry has instituted a policy requiring that all candidates for certification must complete coursework from a CoAEMSP nationally accredited paramedic program. The EKU EMC program therefore has instituted the following policy, effective with the 2012/13 academic year.

Time Limit for Program Completion

To maintain EKU’s status as a CoAEMSP nationally- accredited paramedic program students must progress through their EMC advanced sequence of classes (200-level and 300-level courses, as well as the required BIO 171 and 301) within a specified time limit.  Each student must successfully complete all of these courses before they are eligible to take the NREMT skill and didactic examinations to obtain the NREMT Paramedic card.  National accreditation standards dictate that this must all be completed within a designated time window.  The start of an individual student’s time limitation (“advanced sequence and testing clock”) will be determined by the student’s program advisor.


Credit from a CoAEMSP Accredited Paramedic Program

Students with transfer credit from a CoAEMSP accredited paramedic program may have this credit used to fulfill a portion of their major and supporting program requirements. Such work will be evaluated by EMC faculty for comparability and content; students may be required to complete departmental exams to gauge subject mastery and to assist with appropriate course placement.


Credit NOT from a CoAEMSP Accredited Paramedic Program

Coursework accepted by EKU but earned through participation in a program that is not CoAEMSP accredited cannot be used to advance a student through EKU’s nationally accredited EMC program. Such credit may fulfill general education and elective areas; but it cannot be applied toward the EMC major and supporting program requirements.

However a student who has earned a National Registry Paramedic Card may be allowed to use non CoAEMSP accredited transfer credit in partial fulfillment of major requirements. Earning the National Registry card validates use of the paramedic related transfer coursework. Students without this paramedic credential, and without CoAEMSP accredited transfer courses, must progress through the EKU EMC program by completing EKU coursework.

Open /*deleted href=#openmobile*/