Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
Admission to the University
Admission to the Professional Component
Paramedic to BS in EMS Track
Students must be within two (2) courses of completing all general education requirements
before applying to the Bachelor of Science in EMS program.
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.
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:
- Students must have completed ALL general education requirements prior to applying for admission.
- 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.
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.
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