Department of Emergency Medical Services
The Department of Emergency Medical Services offers the following programs.
Welcome to the website of the Department of Emergency Medical Services at the University
of South Alabama. The Department of Emergency Medical Services strives to prepare
competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge),
psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit
points at the Advanced EMT, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. Whether you
are a student enrolled at the University of South Alabama, someone who would like
more information about our EMT and Paramedic Certificate Programs, a Bachelor’s Degree
in Emergency Medical Services or the Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Health Sciences,
thank you for visiting. We want you to receive the information that you are seeking.
Our web site contains much information. However, if you have questions that remain
unanswered, or would prefer to speak with a faculty or staff member in person, please
feel free to contact us by phone or email.
Our Department is proud of its 41-year tradition of educating EMT’s, Advanced EMT’s and Paramedics. Our students receive didactic, laboratory and clinical education in every facet of emergency medical care and prehospital medicine. Areas covered in in our education programs include, but are not limited to, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Patient Management, Advanced Medical Patient Management, and Advanced Airway Management. Advanced reasoning and critical thinking is incorporated into every aspect of our educational programs.
Our Paramedic graduates are highly sought and actively recruited by employers because they possess in-depth knowledge and fine-tuned clinical skills. Public and private EMS providers and fire and rescue services from across the country often call to inquire about our highly-skilled and multi-competent graduates.
Bachelor Degree graduates are well trained in Hospital and Emergency Management skills and are routinely offered positions in Healthcare Management and Administration. Professional Health Science students have two exciting tracks that they can choose from; Healthcare Management and Informatics, which qualifies them to compete for opportunities at every level within a hospital or medical office setting.
Our faculty members provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you achieve your academic and career goals. They strive to provide a friendly, personal, and encouraging atmosphere where you can learn how to care for patients in an emergency and out-of-hospital setting.
Federal Regulations Professional Licensure Compliance
Successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic programs qualify graduates to take the following exams for Alabama licensure and National Certification:
- National Registry of Emergency medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT Cognitive Exam.
- NREMT Advanced EMT Cognitive Exam and Psychomotor Exam.
- NREMT Paramedic Cognitive Exam and Psychomotor Exam.
The University of South Alabama participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). As such, we are required to notify students enrolled in programs that lead to licensure if the program meets the requirements of licensure in their state of residence.
As a CoAEMSP Accredited Program in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic, the University of South Alabama's Paramedic Program is approved and meets the requirements in all fifty states and the District of Columbia except in the states of New York, Wyoming, Illinois, and North Carolina.