EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care with a concentration in fire service offers the multi-role, cross-training needed for fire service personnel to provide emergency medical services. As demand grows for public safety providers with certifications and degrees, graduates with that combination will have a competitive edge in the job market.
Emergency medicine is a rewarding and fast-paced career field. A degree from EKU’s renowned emergency medical services program can give you a competitive edge in the job market and set you up to thrive in this vital field.
Yes. All applicants to EKU’s online EMC program must be currently certified as a paramedic by the NREMT or a state EMS office.
Up to 12 hours from each of the online paramedic classes may be used for NREMT or state renewal in states that accept CAPCE accredited continuing education.
Minors & Certificates can be difficult to complete with this program. If you wish to explore this option, please work directly with your program advisor.
Many individuals begin their careers as an EMT. Paramedic training can lead to more opportunities, but training alone may not be enough for long-term career advancement. As the profession grows, individuals will need a college degree to set themselves apart.
Education requirements are expected to increase in the coming years. Those who want to teach in accredited colleges around the country will also need additional education. Lead instructors need associate degrees, and education directors need bachelor’s degrees. As the science continues to evolve, educated practitioners are going to be needed to teach future generations.
Alumni surveys indicate that EKU emergency medical care students hold administrative positions within two years of graduation.Find your career
Focused on medical best practices and leadership building, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through a variety of topics such as occupational safety and health principles, organizational behavior in the fire service and the legal aspects of fire protection.
Call or email Enrollment Advisor Misty Bailey for information about the EKU Online Emergency Medical Care program.
EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.
Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.
*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.
“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”
– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate