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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.


The goal of the Dixie State University Paramedic Program is to 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 emergency medical technician levels.


At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to perform an appropriate primary/initial assessment of the ill or injured patient in the prehospital setting.
  2. Complete an appropriate secondary/focused history and physical exam in the prehospital setting.
  3. Formulate an appropriate treatment plan to include administration of IV fluids and/or pharmacological medications as needed.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate solutions to ethical situations in the prehospital setting.
  5. Analyze the basic pharmacological background and actions of drugs, regulations, human body systems, pharmacokinetics, and drug calculations.


The Dixie State University Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350
Fax: 727.210.2354