Competitive Advantages of the OHSU/Oregon Tech Paramedic Program
- Includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certifications within degree.
- Only university-based paramedic program in Oregon
- Broad exposure to the full spectrum of the EMS industry (EMT, paramedic, critical care, community care, ems management)
- Dedicated faculty educators currently working in the EMS field
- OHSU partnership
- A pool of cutting edge physicians and educators teaching on their specialties
- Hands-on invasive skills training with fresh cadavers
- Weekly high-fidelity simulation lab integration starting on week 1
- Primary EMS research opportunities
- Nationwide progressive externship opportunities
Pursuing a career as a paramedic is a rewarding choice. Paramedics play an important role in every community, whether here in Oregon, in other states, or around the world.
A Paramedic can perform the most extensive pre-hospital advanced life support. In essence, a Paramedic is able to provide care on a level that is at the same level as an emergency room. Paramedics provide advanced treatment, while EMTs do basic-level life support like bandaging, airway management, and CPR.
|2019 Annual Report Results|
|National Registry Written Exam Results||100%|
|Accreditor Calculation* of Job Placement||78%|
|Job Placement, based on responses*||100%|
|* Of the 23 paramedic graduates from 2019, positive placement status was obtained on 18 of them (78%). 100% of the 18 graduates where positive placement is known indicated that they were either employed as a paramedic or were pursuing further education.|
|Our accreditation agency asks us to assume that any graduate where their positive placement is not known to assume that they are not employed nor pursuing further education. We feel that providing full transparency is important and that’s why we publish both the positive placement rate for all graduates as well as the positive placement rate of graduates where we have collected a response as to if they are employed or continuing their education.|
The Associate of Applied Science program in Emergency Medical Technology exceeds Oregon and National standards for paramedic programs.
We are regionally accredited by: the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.
The OHSU-Oregon Tech Paramedic Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP).
First Year Courses
First year courses are designed to provide a solid foundation for success in your professional paramedic training or in any Allied Health career path, and primarily consist of:
- Anatomy and Physiology Series
- EMS Coursework
- Emergency Medical Technician Basic 1 and 2
- Intro to EMS
- Medical Terminology
Second Year Courses
The second year or the professional phase of the program, consists of a full time, 12-month (4 terms) sequence. Please note that students who completed the first year prerequisites at another university, do not have to retake the first year courses with Oregon Tech. These 12 months are comprised into three main segments:
- Rigorous, academic didactic course work
- Clinical rotations at a variety of departments at OHSU as well as other regional hospitals
- 12-Week externship: We have externship contracts with most local agencies as well as many agencies across the county