EMS
Associate in Science Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
Courses are offered on campus and online.

EMS Associate Degree

 Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 51.0904O*NET OnlineBureau of Labor Statistics

This program will be offered beginning January 2018.

The Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) consists of two components of general education and EMS courses. The degree program trains students for leadership careers in pre-hospital emergency medicine and enables graduates to be employed as field paramedics in a variety of settings, such as fire-rescue departments,  public and private ambulance services, aero-medical services, hospitals and police departments.

Upon successful completion of required courses, students will be eligible to take the state board certification or national registry examination. Students seeking to continue their education will be eligible for admission into the Hodges University Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration program.

Is a Degree in Emergency Medical Services Right for me?

If you're looking for a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine and possess the following qualities, an EMS degree may be the path for you!

Do you possess the following qualities?

  • The ability to stay calm in stressful situations.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Physically fit and strong.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to situational changes.
  • Assertive yet compassionate personality.
  • Work well in a team.
  • Have a strong stomach; this is not a job for the faint of heart.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the EMS degree program requires a current Florida EMT-Basic certification, current CPR certification, satisfactory completion of immunization and health report, and a satisfactory completion of a college approved criminal advisory background check completed at the applicant’s expense.

What is the EMS Career Outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations*.

O*Net Online also has a positive outlook for EMTs and paramedics. Their website classifies these careers as Bright Outlook occupations**. This means these jobs are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

*Source:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-6
**Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2041.00

Career Titles

  • Paramedic
  • Firefighter / Paramedic
  • Critical Care Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Medical Services Operations Manager
  • Emergency Medical Services Sales Representative

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services program during any semester. A student who attends full time, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in just under two years.

The ability to integrate all of the didactic and psychomotor skills into the ability to serve as an entry level paramedic is conducted during the clinical instruction and field internship phases of the program. It follows the U.S, Department of Transportation and EMT Paramedic National Standard Curriculum which provides for directed supervised experience in local hospitals and ambulance services. Students will rotate through local clinical settings and advanced life support response units performing paramedic skills under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor and/or assigned preceptor.

Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services
Program Curriculum Guide and Optimum Sequence of Course Work

Find more detailed information in the University Catalog

How is Hodges University's EMS Program Different?


Our Class Size and Convenient Schedules

Day, evening and online courses are available with small class sizes.  

Receive Hands-On Instruction

We teach in an environment that allows for practical, hands-on instruction. Instructional technology in our classrooms is far above what state schools can offer.

Our Expert Faculty

Our skilled instructional team work in their fields of expertise and possess experience in all aspects of emergency care.

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You may also contact us to speak to an admissions coordinator who will guide you through the application and admissions process. To speak to an admissions coordinator call us at 1-800-466-8017 (Naples) or 1-800-466-0019 (Fort Myers), use our contact form, email admit@hodges.edu or schedule a one-on-one visit to tour one of our campuses.

Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

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