Careers in Emergency Medical Care
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Emergency Medical Care

The focus of Western's 4- year degree is on training for the EMT paramedic. Paramedics are able to work life-support equipment and administer drugs. Registration and certification require a written and a practical exam. Western prepares you for both the certification exam and the national registration exam. There are 2 tracks within the program: Health Management or Science. Health Management is for students seeking administrative or management in hospitals, EMS services or other health-care areas. The Science concentration is for students seeking teaching career or who plan to enter graduate, veterinarian, or medical schools or physician-assistant program. The 4-year degree will also benefit persons who are looking for promotions within the field.

Who employs Emergency Medical Care majors?
  • Private/public ambulance services
  • Fire and police departments
  • Hospitals
  • Large industries
  • City health agencies
  • Park services
  • Ski patrols
  • Air ambulances
Good skills or traits for Emergency Medical Care majors:
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Need to be in good physical condition to lift and carry.
  • Competent in giving and receiving verbal and written communications.
  • Have good problem solving skills.
  • Must be clearheaded, promote confidence and calmness, and use good judgment.
  • Need to have good manual dexterity, motor coordination, good vision, accurate color vision.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Extra health and science courses are helpful.
  • Do an internship, a co-op, volunteer or part-time work to gain experience.
  • All 50 states require certification by passing written and practical exams. There is a National Registry Exam that can be substituted for a state exam. NC requires the state exam.
  • Registration is required every 2 years. Certification in NC is required every 4 years.
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