Emergency Medical Services Paramedic (Certificate)

Creighton’s paramedic certification program will prepare you to meet the demand of today’s dynamic pre-hospital environment. You can take courses during the day, in the evening—or both—to fit your busy life. And, you’ll benefit from our state-of-the-art labs and patient simulation equipment.

When you pursue your certificate in paramedics through Creighton’s renowned EMS education program, you’ll learn from highly experienced EMS educators, pre-hospital providers, registered nurses and critical care physicians. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited Creighton’s paramedic program upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

The classroom portion of this program is comprised of lectures, practical skills sessions, case studies, review sessions, as well as written and practical testing.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Plus, the profession is expanding rapidly to include numerous aspects of patient care in addition to emergency management. While EMTs and paramedics have been, and will continue to be, the backbone of our nation’s 9-1-1 rescue system, many exciting new opportunities exist for career growth.

Emergency medical services play a vital role today in public safety. EMS will continue to grow and gain in stature, as recognized experts in the following areas are sorely needed across the nation:

  • Community health training
  • Disaster response
  • Terrorism
  • Mass casualty prevention
  • Preparation and mitigation management
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Primary care
  • Emergency department care
  • Other areas of public service

As the field continues to grow and change, leaders and educators with a background in emergency medicine are needed more than ever to help shape the future of emergency medical services.

What You'll Learn

  • Anatomy and physiology        
  • Fundamentals of paramedicine
  • Advanced patient assessment
  • Airway management and ventilation
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Trauma
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • EMS operations
  • Disaster response


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Course (ACLS)
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals (PEPP)
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

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

This information is to help the student anticipate some additional costs—beyond tuition and fees—associated with the paramedic program. These are estimates only and do not necessarily reflect all expenses associated with the program.

  • Comprehensive Background Check: $50
  • Certification Examination Fees: $235
  • Uniform (one pair of pants, two shirts): $150

Richard Pearlman Memorial Scholarship

This award is given to certificate students enrolled in the emergency medical services paramedic education program who demonstrate a passion for emergency medical services work and who have financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who have overcome socioeconomic hardships to pursue their education.

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