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Oregon's First Bachelor's Degree in EMS Management Offered at Oregon Tech

Mar 18, 2014
Oregon Tech and OHSU launch Bachelor of Science degree in EMS Management
Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have launched a new degree program in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Management. This new Bachelor of Science degree, one of only 13 in the United States and the only program of its kind in Oregon, will provide a direct educational pathway for both current and aspiring pre-hospital providers to obtain the education and training necessary take leadership position in Emergency Medical Services.
“We are excited to utilize the resources of both great institutions in preparing graduates to enter the workforce with the skills and background necessary to become clinical and organizational leaders in the EMS industry,” said Program Director Jamie Kennel. “We are also very proud to do our part in further professionalizing the EMS industry.”
The new bachelor’s degree of EMS Management comprises training in three core areas:
  1. Advanced clinical education in either pre-hospital Critical Care Medicine or Community Care Paramedicine;
  2. Foundational training in general management principles;
  3. Specific management training focused on the challenges and opportunities unique to the EMS industry.
Mohamud Daya, M.D., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, as well as EMS Medical Director for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue states: “I am excited to hear about the bachelor's degree in EMS Management. As a bridge between the community and the hospital, EMS can contribute significantly to improving the health of populations. As one of the longest university-based training programs in Oregon and the United States, the OHSU-OIT Paramedic Training program has the experience and talent to help lead the EMS community in this evolution.”
The new program is designed to work with EMS professionals that are working full time in the field through a combination of both night classes as well as the flexibility to enroll in a mix of online or face-to-face classes.
“2014 brings me into my 20th year in Emergency Medical Services,” said Mike Verkest, Training Officer for American Medical Response in Multnomah County. “I have worked in nearly all areas in the profession, EMT, Intermediate, Paramedic Supervisor and my current role as the Training Officer for Oregon’s largest high performance EMS System. I have been in a leadership position the last 10 years and its clear our role in healthcare is evolving before our very eyes. If you want to be ready to navigate whatever comes your way, the new BS Degree in EMS Management is an excellent option for paramedics to get ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare world. Simply having “field experience” does not equate to quality leadership. If you want to be a successful leader, consider this degree program.”

Additional information about this program may be found here: 


For more information please visit www.oit.edu, contact the Program Coordinator Deb Disko at 503.821.1146, or RSVP to one of the upcoming information sessions listed on Oregon Tech’s website.
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban campus in Wilsonville. The university also has sites in Beaverton, Salem, La Grande, and Seattle, as well as online degree offerings. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.
Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon’s only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in meeting the university’s social mission. OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. OHSU Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognized for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.
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