Emergency Medical Services

Prospective Students

What is EMS?

EMS is a vital component of healthcare, public health and public safety. On any given day, in almost every community in our nation, EMS responds to patient calls for help, 24/7.

EMS saves lives from heart attacks, strokes and drowning; treats injuries due to motor vehicle collisions, shootings, stabbings and other violence; and provides care for the myriad of other illnesses and injuries that occur daily in the United States. When the big incidents hit – whether natural (tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, pandemics) or man-made (terrorist attacks, explosions, active shooters) – EMS provides medical care and helps communities pick up the pieces.

EMS STRONG

Certificates and Degree Offered

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

EMT Certificate of Proficiency
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

AEMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance.

AEMT Certificate of Proficiency
Paramedic

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.

Paramedic Certificate of Completion
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

The associate degree is much broader than the Paramedic certification, providing opportunities for professional growth as well as increasing options for job placement, advancement, and career promotions.

Associate of Applied Science in EMS

Course of Study

The one-semester EMT and one-semester AEMT courses of study each consist of lecture courses, concurrent lab courses, and limited off-campus clinical education.

The one-year, three-semester Paramedic program course of study consists of lecture courses, concurrent lab courses, and off-campus clinical education.

Academic Catalog

Program Costs

Students should be aware that the Emergency Medical Services program tuition students are charged is based on the base price of either resident or non-resident DSU tuition plus a $80.00 per credit tuition differential.

Tuition & Fees

Compliance Requirements

Students taking this program of study are required to meet certain health and safety standards. The requirements listed below are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given. Detailed instructions for completing these requirements sent upon course/ program admission.

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Important Information
Compliance Requirements

Students taking this program of study are required to meet certain health and safety standards. The following requirements are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given. Detailed instructions for completing these requirements sent upon course/program admission.

Screenings:

  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Tuberculosis (TB): Either of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable:
    • Blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT.TB) with negative result
    • Proof of two separate TB skin tests (administered at least 7 days apart and within 1-3 weeks of each other), both with negative result

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: Proof of 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer (showing immunity/reactivity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): Proof of 1 vaccination administered within the past 10 years
  • Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • Influenza (seasonal flu): Proof of flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (September – March)

College of Health Sciences Fit for Study Procedures

Admission Requirements

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Course Prerequisite:

  • Certification as a State of Utah EMT is required in order to register for the Advanced EMT course.
    • For more information on Utah certification/reciprocity click here.

Paramedic Program Prerequisites:

  • To be considered for admission to the Paramedic program (and/or the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services), an applicant must first be admitted as a Dixie State University student.
    • Everything one needs to know about applying to DSU can be found on the Admissions website.
  • Certification as a State of Utah EMT or AEMT is required prior to the application deadline for the Paramedic program.
    • For more information on Utah certification/reciprocity click here.
    • This certification must remain valid for the course of the program.
  • These professional EMS programs at Dixie State University are full time programs that require an application process.

Prerequisites

Contact

Malinda Whipple

Program Director

Email: Malinda.Whipple@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4950

Office: Taylor 206

Rachel Stewart

Academic Advisor

Email: Rachel.Stewart@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: HPC 339

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant

Email: Kathryn.Preiss@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207/HPC 322