Bachelor's Programs in Emergency Medicine

As an emergency medical technician, you could save the life of a car crash victim or heart attack sufferer. Learn about a bachelor's degree program in emergency medicine, and explore EMT career info. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Medicine?

Emergency medicine at the bachelor's degree level is referred to as emergency medical care or emergency medical services. These undergraduate programs provide you with the necessary knowledge to earn certification as a registered EMT. Upon completion of this degree, you'll be prepared to work in emergency medical settings and pre-hospital care.

Undergraduate ProgramsPrograms may be in emergency medical care or emergency medical services
CourseworkPatient assessment, trauma management, medical terminology, pharmacology, EKG assessment
Online Options Some programs are primarily online, but include hands-on clinical practice
LicensingAll EMTs must pass a national examination to get licensed
Median Salary (2018) $34,320 (for all EMTs and paramedics)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 15% growth (for all EMTs and paramedics)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study?

The majority of your education will be in recognizing ailments and being able to provide urgent care to patients with all types of injuries and diseases. You'll learn diagnostic, patient assessment and trauma care skills essential to quality emergency care. Some of the topics you'll study are respiratory failure and other disorders, child emergency care, trauma management, EKG assessment and maternity care. Besides emergency care courses, you'll also study general health care subjects such as pharmacology, medical terminology and ethics in medicine. You'll also learn team building and leadership skills.

Can I Earn the Degree Online?

Coursework for bachelor's degrees in emergency medical care and emergency medical services is offered through online platforms. Some colleges offer you the choice to study on campus or online. You'll spend the majority of your education watching videos online, joining chat room or Web board discussions and completing homework assignments over the Internet. However, in order to meet certification requirements, clinical practice must be completed in a hospital or on an emergency mobile unit. There may be other on campus requirements as well, such as final exams or the occasional class meeting.

What Else Should I Know About Being an EMT?

Currently, all 50 states require EMTs to be licensed. You'll need to check with your state to find out requirements for taking the National Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) examination. Once you become an EMT, most states require you to keep your certification and education in the field current. As of May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the five states that offer the highest concentration of EMT positions are West Virginia, Maine, Wyoming, Delaware, and South Carolina (www.bls.gov).

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