Emergency medical services (EMS) are an integral part of today’s healthcare system. EMS staff and paramedics are those that deliver pre-hospital care to patients, attending the scene of accidents or incidents where a person has become ill and needs emergency treatment. The EMS staff provides pre-hospital care and treatment to increase the chances of a hurt or ill patient making it to the hospital to receive full treatment. Paramedics are the advanced members of an EMS team, providing life support and transportation to the hospital for the injured or sick patient.
The Paramedic Emergency Medicine Degree program prepares Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate) upon successful completion of the New Hampshire EMT-Paramedic Exam to practice at the Paramedic (EMT-P) level. In addition to class work, the program provides supervised laboratory training, clinical experiences in affiliated hospitals, and supervised field placements within advanced life support EMS services.
Visit NHTI’s Paramedic Emergency Medicine Department for information on degree and course offerings.
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When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.
In the field of emergency medical services (EMS), there are different levels of certifications for provider of care. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the most common type of providers in all of EMS. They are the entry-level patient care provider followed by paramedics. EMTs learn the essential skills to help in life-threatening situations and their education is the foundation for all other levels of patient care. Many paramedics, doctors, nurses, and firefighters have used their EMT education and work experience as a stepping stone to their new career.
Both EMTs and paramedics have the knowledge and skills to transport patients and provide them with emergency care. The biggest difference between them is the amount of education they receive and what they are allowed to do for patients (scope of practice).
In order to be admitted to the Paramedic Emergency Medicine Degree Program, students must first complete an approved EMT education course, pass the EMT computer based exam, and log a total of 100 ambulance calls. Must also serve as an EMT-team leader on twenty five of the calls. Solid EMT experience is essential before going to the paramedic level.
- Assessing and recognizing emergency situations
- Emergency medical procedures
- Crisis management
- Rescue operations
- Preliminary diagnosis
- Knowledge of anatomy and physiology
- Equipment operation
- Patient stabilization and care
These titles include positions that you qualify for with this associate’s degree as well as those that require a bachelor’s degree and beyond.
- Ambulance Services
- Local Government
- Fire Departments
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Paramedic Emergency Medicine Department resources.
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Emergency Medical Services
- Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professionals
- National Registry of EMT’s
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).