Emergency Medical Services (BSEMS)

Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Emergency Medical Services (BSEMS) combines a broad liberal arts education with comprehensive paramedic instruction. Alongside traditional coursework, you’ll participate in nearly a year of clinical immersion and direct patient care. You’ll work with local fire departments and ambulance services, and various clinical units within area hospitals.

If you have a desire to work in a fast-paced emergency environment, want to gain hands-on paramedic education and hope to lay the groundwork for a fulfilling career in health care and public service, then getting your degree in emergency medical services is the perfect option for you.

Creighton’s EMS education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Our program was one of the first professional EMS education programs in the nation. If you want to be a leader in the field, consider getting your degree in EMS from Creighton University.

Outcomes

Set yourself up for a successful career.

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent by 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. While EMTs and paramedics have been, and will continue to be, the backbone of our nation’s 911 rescue system, many exciting new opportunities exist for career growth. Recognized experts are sorely needed across the nation, especially in the following areas:

  • EMS service providers
  • EMS education
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Community health training
  • Public health initiatives
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Primary and community-based care
  • Emergency department care
  • Critical care transportation

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2017

Graduates who receive current paramedic certification qualify for employment in fire/rescue departments, private ambulance services, flight services, hospitals, emergency care centers and industrial organizations. Additionally, graduates may pursue careers in education, management of EMS systems, quality assurance coordination, emergency preparedness, public relations representation for medical services organizations, industrial health services and community health education.

The hands-on paramedic training also uniquely prepares graduates for further study at the post-baccalaureate level. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program commonly go on to attain advanced degrees in medicine and pursue careers as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses and other types of health care professionals.

Specializations

The bachelor’s degree in EMS offers a clinical track, a pre-nursing track, and pre-med track. See curriculum below for detailed information on each plan of study.

What You'll Learn

  • EMS tools and techniques
  • Direct patient care
  • The most current advancements in EMS
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Decision-making skills

Curriculum

Student Organizations

  • Emergency Medical Services Club

    A gathering of students with interests in emergency medical professions who wish to use our knowledge, ethics, resources and leadership skills to give the general public, especially our peers, a better understanding of basic lifesaving techniques and procedures in case the worst should ever befall them or those close to them.

Tuition & Scholarships

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program

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(Online) Degree Completion Pathway

Career advancement for EMS personnel increasingly requires attainment of a degree. The Bachelor of Science in EMS degree completion pathway has been developed to help paramedics achieve professional goals, recognizing the education and clinical experience that has been accomplished. As practicing paramedic clinicians, the online degree completion program will focus on core liberal studies, advanced clinical concepts and leadership development. The entire program is conveniently delivered online, and most courses are presented in 8 week terms, easily allowing students to complete two courses per semester.

Eligibility

  • Successful completion of a paramedic education program with grade(s) of C or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Current National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Certification
  • Experience that must include a minimum of 3 years of clinical paramedic practice
  • Prior work success as a paramedic

 

Curriculum

A Creighton University Bachelor’s degree requires the completion of 128 semester credit hours. Forty-eight of these credit hours must be earned at Creighton University, including the final 32 hours, and a minimum of 15 credit hours must be earned in the major area of study through the College of Professional Studies.

After completing all coursework for degree completion, a total of 49 credit hours will be awarded as block credits, without tuition expense, to recognize your paramedic education and experience.

The following Core Curriculum requirements must be completed:

Onboarding Course (required to begin program of study):

  • CPS200 - Making the Transition to College: Strategies for Degree Completion (3)

Magis Core Courses: (39)

  • Foundations: Contemporary Composition (3) [ENG150 - College Composition]
  • Foundations: Oral Communication (3) [COM152 - Civic Engagement through Public Communication]
  • Foundations: Mathematical Reasoning (3)
  • Foundations: Philosophical Ideas (3)
  • Foundations: Christian Tradition (3) [THL110 - Christian Tradition, Then and Now]
  • Explorations: Understanding Natural Science (3) [BIO149 - Biology for the Non-Science Major]
  • Explorations: Understanding Social Science (3) [PSY201 - Introduction to Psychology]
  • Explorations: Global Perspectives in History (3)
  • Explorations: Literature (3) [ILS371]
  • Explorations: Ethics (3)
  • Explorations: Biblical Tradition (3) [THL217 - Biblical Tradition: Social Justice in the Old Testament]
  • Critical Issues (3) [CPS170 - Privilege, Power and Difference]
  • Intersections (3) [CPS400 - What Really Matters: Discernment, Conscience, Compassion]

 

The following additional courses must be completed, or satisfied through coursework that is transferred from another accredited academic institution:

Interprofessional Collaborative Care

  • Interprofessional: IPE500 - Introduction to Collaborative Care (1)

Leadership Studies (18)

  • ILS303 - Ethical Dimensions of Leadership (3)
  • ILS306 - Leadership and Social Justice (3)
  • ILS320 - Leadership and Organizational (3)
  • ILS331 - Healthcare and Society (3)
  • ILSXXX - (3)
  • ILSXXX - (3)

EMS or Other Electives (15)

  • EMSXXX - (3)
  • EMSXXX - (3)
  • EMSXXX - (3)
  • EMSXXX - (3)
  • EMSXXX - (3)

EMS Capstone Portfolio

  • EMS499 - EMS Capstone Portfolio (3)

 

Tuition

$470/credit hour

How to Apply

  • Application for admission will be submitted to Creighton University, College of Professional Studies
  • Submission of official transcripts from all prior institutions attended, including high school and post-secondary institutions
  • Copies of current NREMT paramedic certification and unencumbered state licenses/certifications
  • Resume
  • Personal statement that describes a) professional experience to date in EMS, b) motivation for pursuing a BSEMS degree and future goals, c) reason for selecting Creighton University
  • Three recommendations addressing academic and personal attributes (instructor, employer, professional colleague)

 

Contact Us

Creighton University
Emergency Medical Services Education
402.280.1280
ems@creighton.edu

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