Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
The Department of EMS Education offers the Bachelor's of Science degree in Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) for students interested in a career in pre-hospital medicine
and EMS management. As the field of EMS continues to grow and change, leaders and
educators with a background in emergency medicine are needed to help shape the future
of pre-hospital medicine and healthcare. This program is designed to prepare students
for the clinical and administrative challenges of a career in Emergency Medical Services
and healthcare in the 21st century.
|Admission to the University|
|Admission to the Professional Component|
|Paramedic to BS in EMS Track|
|Bachelor's Degree Curriculum|
|General Education Core|
|General Education and Pre-Prof Core|
The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Department of EMS Education's
Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs
for the EMS Professions (CoEMSP).
Criteria for general admission of EMS students to the University are the same as those
for all students. Please consult with the University's Admission's office for more information about admission policies and procedures.
All students are required to fulfill a 41 semester hour General Education Core and a 22 semester hour Pre-professional Core as outlined in the curriculum below. After successfully completing these courses, students may then apply to the department for entry into the professional component. Requirements for admission to the professional component are the following:
- Submission of a completed application by the semester deadline. Application must include a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
- Successful completion of a state-approved (meeting DOT guidelines) or nationally accredited paramedic education program.
- Evidence of either a current paramedic license (in USA) or national registry certification (in good standing).
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all pre-requisite courses and a minimum University GPA of 2.0.
- Drug test and background check required. Admission contingent upon a negative drug screen and satisfactory background check.
Click for Application for Admission.
Students who have already completed their paramedic education at another institution
and who have maintained their license in good standing may apply to the department's
Paramedic to BS in EMS Track. This special track allows licensed paramedics an opportunity to reach educational
goals without the unnecessary repetition of courses or clinical experiences already
undertaken as a paramedic student. This track requires the student to complete a
6 semester hour bridge course during the EMS Core. After successfully completing
the course, the student can obtain up to 40 semester hours of credit for their previous
clinical education as a paramedic student. These credits may be applied towards the
Paramedic Core requirements in the curriculum. For more information about this special
track, please call our office at (251) 461-1832.
Download a copy of the BS degree curriculum here: BS Degree Curriculum.
Written Communications (6)
|English - EH 101||3|
|English - EH 102||3|
Humanities and Fine Arts (12)
|Public Speaking - CA 110||3|
|1Fine Arts Elective||3|
Natural Sciences and Math (11)
|Math - MA 110||3|
History, Social/Behavioral Sciences (12)
|Psychology - PSY 120||3|
|Sociology - SY 109 or SYS 112||3|
|1Social Science Elective|
*Must complete either a series of two semesters of Literature or series of two semesters of History.
CLEP Required Scores
CLEP Questions? Contact Ron Morgan, BS Degree Program Director/Advisor
EMT & other Pre-Prof. Core
|EMS 112: EMT||6|
|EMS 115: EMT Clinical Internship||1|
|EMS 113: EMT Lab||1|
|MGT 300: Management Theory||3|
|EMS 210: Medical Terminology||3|
|EMS 200: Human Sys. & Patho||3|
Note: Students must complete EMS 112, EMS 113, and EMS 115 prior to beginning the
Pass CIS010 Exam or must take approved CIS course (CIS150)
|EMS 140: Advanced EMT||6|
|EMS 141: Advanced EMT Lab||1|
|EMS 143: Advanced EMT Clinical||2|
|EMS 212: Foundations of Paramedicine||3|
|EMS 214: Paramedic EKG||3|
|EMS 216: Paramedic Assessment & OPS||3|
|EMS 217: Paramedic Clinical Internship I||3|
|EMS 240: Special Populations||3|
|EMS 242: Paramedic Emergency Care I||3|
|EMS 244: Paramedic Emergency Care II||3|
|EMS 245: Paramedic Skills Lab||1|
|EMS 247: Paramedic Clinical Internship II||2|
|EMS 295: Paramedic Field Internship||6|
|EMS 297: Comprehensive Review & Exams||1|
Note: The Paramedic Core at the University of South Alabama consists of 40 semester hours as shown above. Students who have already completed their paramedic training at another institution can satisfy the academic requirements of this Paramedic Core by ensuring the following prior to entry into the EMS baccalaureate degree program:
- provide evidence of successful completion of a nationally accredited or state approved (Alabama) paramedic program; and
- provide evidence of a current state paramedic license or national certification; and
- submit an official transcript or documentation which indicates the successful completion of at least 32 semester hours of credit (or its equivalent); and
- successfully complete a 6 semester hour bridge course designed for students in the Paramedic to BS in EMS Track (see below).
- transfer credit must be reviewed and approved by the University and the Department of EMS Education prior to admission to the professional component.
|EMS 310: Introduction to EMS System||3|
|EMS 315: EMS Administration||3|
|EMS 320: EMS Law/Legal Issues||3|
|EMS 325: Instructional Methods in EMS||3|
|EMS 340: Disaster Mgt. & Event Planning||3|
|EMS 475: EMS Internship||3|
|EMS 440: Health Ins/Managed Care in EMS||3|
|EMS 445: EMS Research||3|
|EMS 460: Issues and Trends in EMS||3|
|EMS 495: Comp. Review/Exams||1|
|- PLUS -|
|#EMS 410: Bridge or 6 hrs from Para Core||6|
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 126
#Paramedic to BS in EMS Track students must take a six (6) credit hour bridge course under the EMS Core after admission
to the professional component.
Fine Arts Elective – 1 course
ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101
Literature Elective* - 1 course
EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
Humanities Elective* - 1 course
AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, LG 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272, LGS 202, 206, LGS 207, 221, 222, 241, 242, MUL 101, PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, or 240
History Elective* – 1 course
HY 101, 102, 135, or 136
Lab Science - 2 courses
BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 122/122L
CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L, 141/141L
GEO 101/101L, 102/102L
GY 111, 112; PH 101, 114, 115, 201, 202
Social Science Elective* - 1 course
AIS 201, AN 100, 101, CA 100, 211, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, 115, HY 101, 102, 135,
HY 136, IS 100, PSC 130, PSY 121, 250, SY 112
*Must complete a 2 course sequence in Literature or History
Acceptable sequences are:
EH 215 and 216 or EH 225 and 226 or EH 235 and 236 or
HY 101 and 102 or HY 135 and 136
Students may enter the Bachelors Degree EMS Core each semester. The Department offers
the EMS Core classes fully online and also in an executive weekend format, with classes
meeting for four weekend sessions per semester. Classes are instructed in online
or weekend blended format. Check with the department for the specific weekend dates
which will become available approximately 8 weeks before the beginning of the semester.
Course descriptions for all EMS Core classes in the BS Degree Program can been viewed
here: EMS Core Classes.
Students are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees according to University
policies and procedures. Tuition and fees are set by the University of South Alabama,
upon approval of the Board of Trustees. For current information on tuition and fees,
please refer to the University’s Admission’s office.
Academic Common Market Info - Possible Tuition Savings for Non-Alabama Residents
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Interested applicants should contact
the University’s Financial Aid Office.
University of South Alabama
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Emergency Medical Services
600 Clinic Drive – Suite 400
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
BS Degree Program Director/Advisor