Emergency medical services and pre-hospital care has seen undeniable growth and development over the past 35 years. These changes require more knowledge and new skills to successfully navigate the challenges of healthcare and our social environment. Challenges include a growing, diverse and aging population, the persistence of both chronic disease and acute injury, the continued proliferation of violence, increasing vulnerability and communities to natural disasters, and the present threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The demand for frontline pre-hospital care providers remains high, and the need for experienced and educated emergency medical care providers to fill supervisory level roles in management, administration and education is also acute. Some graduates of the Emergency Medical Care Program expand their clinical scope of practice by continuing their education in medical school, physician assistant programs and other graduate studies. The Emergency Medical Care program can fulfill professional school requirements when taken in conjunction with the appropriate prerequisites, while providing the graduate with a unique degree that sets them apart from the competition.
Pre-Health Professions Programs
A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Care usually requires four years of college to complete. To be eligible for admission, you must be an EMT, EMT-Paramedic, Nurse/MICN, or Respiratory Therapist, and meet the prerequisite requirements listed on the front of this page. The emergency medical care program offers a modified academic schedule with classes held one day a week, to accommodate the full time working professional. A strong academic foundation that can prepare you for graduate, medical, dental, or physician assistant schools.
The national average income is $56,900 and the average for California is $78,650.
Career information adapted from:
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh