Associate of Applied Science - Prehospital Emergency Medicine

Location: William N. Pennington Health Science Center
Phone: 775-336-4270
Fax: 775-336-4276

The objective of this degree is to train students with the necessary cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors to provide advanced life support in the prehospital setting and to provide the necessary coursework to be licenced in the State of Nevada and nationally certified. This limited entry program offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of advanced life support skills which include pharmacology, advanced airway management procedures and skills, ECG interpretation and electrical therapy for specified cardiac patients. Associate degree recipients may see improved opportunity for managerial, clinical or educational advancement after sufficient field experience is obtained. The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the committee of educational programs for the emergency medical services professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Pre-Requisite Note: Emergency Medical Technician and/or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician are pre-requisites to the paramedic entrance process.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate Competency in all areas outlined in the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - EMT cognitive and Psychomotor examinations.
  • Exhibit proficiency in all technical Skills required of Emergency medical care and transportation of critical and emergent patients.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes and ethical behaviors consistent with the expectations of the profession, area employers and the local medical community.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies
Composition II
Composition II For International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies
Human Relations 1[3]
Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine
Intro to Paramedic Fundamentals
Patient Assessment for Paramedics
Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
ENV 101Introduction to Environmental Science3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
EMS 200Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine3
EMS 205Principles of Pathophysiology3
EMS 206Prin Pharmacology/Medication Admin/Venous Access3
EMS 2072
EMS 209Patient Assessment for Paramedics3
EMS 210Principles of Cardiology for the Paramedic3
EMS 211Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS4
EMS 212Paramedic Trauma Emergencies and ITLS3
EMS 214Pediatrics & Special Consideration for Para/Pals3
EMS 215Assess Based Management/Operation for Paramedic I3
EMS 216Hospital Clinical Experience for the Paramedic4
EMS 217Field Internship for the Paramedic4
Emphasis Requirements
EMS 203Assessment Based Management I3
EMS 202Advanced Cardiology for Paramedics3
EMS 201Intro to Paramedic Fundamentals6
Total Units71

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 3
SOC 205 Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies 3
 Semester Total9
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2 3
 Semester Total9
3rd semester
EMS 200 Fundamentals of Paramedic Medicine 3
EMS 201 Intro to Paramedic Fundamentals 6
EMS 203 Assessment Based Management I 3
EMS 205 Principles of Pathophysiology 3
EMS 206 Prin Pharmacology/Medication Admin/Venous Access 3
EMS 209 Patient Assessment for Paramedics 3
EMS 210 Principles of Cardiology for the Paramedic 3
 Semester Total24
4th semester
EMS 207 2
EMS 202 Advanced Cardiology for Paramedics 3
EMS 211 Paramedic Care for Medical Emergencies and ACLS 4
EMS 212 Paramedic Trauma Emergencies and ITLS 3
EMS 214 Pediatrics & Special Consideration for Para/Pals 3
EMS 215 Assess Based Management/Operation for Paramedic I 3
EMS 216 Hospital Clinical Experience for the Paramedic 4
 Semester Total22
5th semester
EMS 217 Field Internship for the Paramedic 4
 Semester Total4
 Total Units68