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 life-saving 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.

Complimenting Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

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

Possible Careers

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

* = indicates this career requires 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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