A person applying for certification as an EMT-Paramedic in the State of Oregon must possess at least an associate level degree. Successfully completing the prerequisites shown below, as adopted by the State Board of Education, and completing the 12-month OHSU/Oregon Tech Paramedic Education Program, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology.
All applicants MUST complete these courses prior to enrollment (but not necessarily prior to applying):
- Three terms of college Human anatomy and Physiology (200 level or higher) with lab.
- English Composition (Writing 121), or approved college level writing course.
- Elementary Algebra (MTH 70 or higher)
- Health and Fitness for Life (HPE 295), or a combination of nutrition / physical education course work approved by advisor.
- Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Speech 111), or other speech and communication courses approved by advisor.
- Computer elective (CS 100+), or course substitute approved by advisor.
- Psychology elective (PSY 100+)
- Social science, humanities, or fine arts elective (100+), psychology courses excluded.
- *If you graduated from high school in 1997 or later there is a foreign langauge requirement. Applicants must document that they completed 2 years of a foreign langauge in high school or two quarters of a foreign language at the college level.
Anatomy & Physiology courses must be a minimum of 12 quarter credits total or 10 semester credits. All other prerequisites must be a minimum of 3 quarter credits each. Additionally, a grade of "C" or better must be earned; a "C-" or below is not considered a passing grade. Overall GPA should be 2.5 or higher.
All prerequisite course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.
Prospective students must have a current Oregon EMT-B Certification when entering the program but not necessarily before applying. A valid CPR card must be presented at the start of classes.
Health care related experience in a paid or volunteer
EMS agency, fire department, ski patrol, U.S. Forest or Park Service, search and rescue, military, first aid and CPR training, water safety, or similar activity is strongly recommended. Preference may be given to those with direct patient care experience. The program maintains a diverse student body and serves as a regional resource by accepting students from the western United States and Canada.
Applicants traditionally have a wide range of academic backgrounds and experience in the emergency medical field. We believe that academic achievement. knowledge of EMS, experience, and effective communication are integral aspects of a good candidate.