Emergency Medical Services

College of Health Sciences

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in pre-hospital emergency care, such as ambulance, fire department, search and rescue, law enforcement and volunteer service. Pre-hospital emergency care involves a wide scope of activities such as recognition and management of patients with heart disease, trauma, burns, poisoning, alcohol and drug abuse, childbirth, acute psychiatric disorders, and other medical emergencies. Curricula for all EMS courses are based on the National Standard Curriculum.

Our students are taught at various levels to meet the following criteria.

Paramedic: “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: “To prepare competent entry-level Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,”

Degrees/Certificates Offered:

  • CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation)
  • First Aid
  • PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support)
  •      (Note: This is part of the paramedic program curriculum)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  •      (Note: This is part of the paramedic program curriculum)
  • PEPP (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals)
  •      (Note: This is part of the paramedic program curriculum)
  • EMT Training (Certificate)
  • AEMT Advanced EMT Training (Certificate)
  • Paramedic Certificate
  • EMS Associate of Applied Science

Gainful Employment Information

Accreditation Status:

The program is accredited through:

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

25400 US Highway 19 North

Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763.

P: 727-210-2350

Paramedic Program Outcomes

Since it’s creation in 1997, Dixie State University Paramedic Program has worked toward and maintained accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). We are proud of our faculty and staff who work so hard to provide the best possible experience and outcomes for each of our students while maintaining exceptional standards.

Paramedic Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates:

CoAEMSP and CAAHEP require that all accredited institutions maintain, and make available to the public, current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments.

National Registry Exam Results for the period January 1, 2012 to present:

– First time National Registry Written Paramedic Pass Rate:  83%
– Second and Third Attempt National Registry Written Pass Rate:  93%*
— * Three students never retested
– National Registry Skills Exam Pass Rate: 99.6%

Student Retention Rate for the last 4 academic years: attrition of 1 student/year

The positive placement rate, as defined by CAAHEP based on graduates of the paramedic program who are reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a paramedic within twelve months of graduation, continuing their education, or serving in the military, The DSU positive placement rates are listed below. All DSU graduates can find employment either in the Fire and EMS agencies, health care facilities, or continued allied health and nursing studies. Paramedic employment opportunities are vastly expanding and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the paramedics job outlook at 15% (much faster than normal). Now is a great time to start a career in EMS and Dixie State offers an ideal program for those looking for success.

Positive Placement Rate: 98% of those passing

Paramedic Program Goals as Defined by CAAHEP/CoAEMSP

The paramedic program will “prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge),  psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,” with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and Advanced EMT levels.