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. 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 rescues, manage disaster scenes, and provide healthcare for a wide range of illnesses. Paramedics are specialists in pre-hospital and interfacility medicine.


EMS Supervisor/Administrator Flight Paramedic
Emergency Medical Technician Medical School
Physician’s Assistant


Emergency Services Administration Option
For students interested in a career within Emergency Medical Services. Become a paramedic and also learn the skills to become an EMS administrator.

Clinical/Fire & Safety Option
For students interested in working in a combined fire/EMS setting. Includes courses from fire & safety degrees as well as emergency medical care courses.

Paramedic/Science Option
For students interested in becoming a paramedic and/or moving further into the medical field. This option meets the requirements for Physician Assistant & medical schools.


120 Credit Hours
37 hrs - Gen. Ed. / Univ. Req.
39 hrs - EMC Core
20-32 hrs - Supporting Course Req. 
12-24 hrs - Free Electives

* Licensed paramedics seeking to complete their degree should contact the EMC coordinator directly.


64 Credit Hours
19 hrs - Gen. Ed. / Univ. Req.
39 hrs - EMC Core / Supporting Courses 
6 hrs - Free Electives

* Includes coursework necessary to become a licensed paramedic


  • EMT Certification (7 credit hours) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support 
  • Pre-Hospital Life Support
  • Advanced Medical Life Support 

*EMC 104 & 110/L can be waived if students already have EMT certification

EMC 104 - Healthcare Basic Life Support
Basic cardiac life support skills for healthcare student or profes- sional in accord with peer-reviewed American Heart Association (AHA) scientific guidelines.

EMC 110/L - Introduction to Emergency Medical Care
Pre-hospital basic life support concepts, skills and field clinical experience for entry level Emergency Medical Technician- Basic adhering to national curricula. Meets eligibility requirements for state certification and national registration examinations.

EMC 115 - Basic Clinical/Field Experience
Minimum of 62 hours supervised hospital emergency department and pre-hospital emergency care ambulance clinical experience. Preceptor evaluates basic life support knowledge and skills.

EMC 300 - Emergency Operations & Behavioral Crisis
Introduction to the emergency medical field. Topics include legal and ethical issues; infection control; disaster preparedness; and recognition and care of patients with behavioral emergencies.

EMC 303 – Introduction to Cardiology
Introduction to prehospital electrocardiography and use and clas- sification of pharmacological agents.

EMC 305 – Prehospital Management of OB/GYN/Pediatric Emergencies
Pathophysiology and advanced level assessment and manage- ment of OB, GYN, and pediatric patients.

EMC 310 - Advanced Cardiology
Advanced diagnostics, interventions and management of cardi- ovascular emergencies to include cardiac resuscitation adhering to the standards of the American Heart Association. AHA ACLS provider required for course completion.

EMC 320 - Advanced Life Support: Trauma
Pre-hospital management of complex patients with multiple sys- tems failure secondary to trauma related pathologies.

EMC 335 - Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies I
Pathophysiology and advanced level pre-hospital management of emergencies of the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nerv- ous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and reproductive systems.

EMC 340 - Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies II
Pathophysiology and advanced level pre-hospital management of emergencies involving anaphylaxis, toxicology, alcoholism, drug abuse, infectious diseases, environmental hazards and pediatric and geriatric patients.

EMC 342 - Advanced Clinical I
Integration of basic and advanced life support concepts and psychomotor skills in patient care situations developed through supervised assignments in various hospital settings.

EMC 352 - Advanced Clinical II
Hospital assignments allow continued development and applica- tion of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Auton- omous decision-making skills developed under supervision through increased participation in patient care.

EMC 352L – Advanced Clinical I Lab
Hospital assignments allow continued development and appli- cation of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Autonomous decision-making and critical thinking skills in clinical situations developed under supervision through increased partici- pation in patient care.

EMC 360 - Advanced Field Internship I
Minimum of 120 hours supervised experience on paramedic ambu- lance. Progresses from advanced emergency are delivery observation to beginning team member responsibilities.

EMC 362 - Advanced Field Internship II
Continuation of supervised experience on advanced life support am- bulance. Assumes team member role with progression to team leader. Minimum advanced internship experience requires 500 hours.

EMC 400 - Emergency Care Systems Management
EMS systems design and typical agency divisions, including op- erations, communications, training and customer service. Projects focus on system design, training and efficiency.

EMC 489 - Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to basic research methods for professionals in emergency services and public agency practitioners and edu- cators. This includes foundational principles of statistical analy- ses and application, as well as human subjects protections.

Information based on EKU's 2021/2022 course catalog and is subject to change.