People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics. CSM’s Emergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates to provide this critical emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Those who enter the field can expect the employment of EMTs and paramedics to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor).
Completion of CSM’s program qualifies graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMT-P) examinations. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory and clinical training in a variety of pre-hospital and hospital settings. This program follows the National Education Guidelines developed by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Graduates are employed in settings associated with emergent patient care such as hospitals, emergency and urgent care centers, fire and rescue squads, ambulance services and agencies, and similar organizations. A major objective of CSM’s practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment.
This program has been designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program.
Requirements: Students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, criminal background check, and other information at the student's expense. Students must also provide proof of current health insurance and a negative drug screen at their own cost. Students must hold current EMT-B certification for entry into this program. This may be a competitive admissions program determined by student-to-instructor ratios and clinical space available. A grade of C or better is required in EMS courses.
EMS Certificate Program:
The Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic certificate program (32 credits) prepares students to provide emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life- threatening illnesses and injuries. Completion of the paramedic program qualifies graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician--Paramedic (NREMT-P) examinations as well as comparable state examinations.
Students who are interested in entering the college’s clinical Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs must submit a petition to enter the program. The petition is available here.