About the Major

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)—basic and paramedic—care for people at the scene of emergencies and transport them to hospitals or other health care institutions. They determine the nature and extent of victims' medical and trauma-related emergencies and provide initial emergency care. EMT-paramedics administer medications, supply intravenous therapy, perform heart monitoring, and provide other lifesaving interventions for the victims of acute illness or injury until they reach a medical facility.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: critical thinking and problem solving, oral communication, teamwork, cultural competency, knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, professionalism, and emergency management.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Social problems
  • Human anatomy
  • Pharmacology for the paramedic
  • The paramedic and cardiology
  • Paramedic as team leader
  • Techniques laboratory I and II

Possible Careers

  • EMT-paramedic
  • Flight paramedic
  • Health educator*
  • Trauma nurse*
  • Physician assistant*

*These careers require further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Fire departments
  • Private ambulance services
  • Police departments
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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