Paramedic Curriculum

A.A.S. Paramedic

AAS Paramedic Degree – We are excited to now offer the entire first year and second year coursework for the first time in our program history! This 2-year Associates degree is functionally divided into two segments.

First Year Courses


These 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 (BIO 231, 232, 233). Some unique features about our A & P course series is that it has cadaver elements and is taught by a PhD level faculty member who is also a practicing paramedic. This enables instruction that includes relevant clinical context for many of the anatomy and physiology concepts that can be particularly difficult for beginning students.
  • EMS coursework including:
    • Emergency Medical Technician Basic course 1 and 2
    • Introduction to EMS course
    • Medical Terminology
  • General Education classes – please see the course map for the various general education courses that are required during this phase of your training.


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 us.  Contact us for course transfer advise.  
The 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.  

Fall Term

Students carry a heavy course load of 19 credits. Class meets Monday through Thursday predominately at our Wilsonville campus.  Wednesdays are spent at the OHSU campus in Portland.  
Please see the attached course descriptions and curriculum map.  

Winter and Spring Terms

Students carry 18 credits winter term and 15 spring term.  There is less didactic coursework and students begin their clinical rotations.  Clinical rotations are scheduled throughout the Portland metro area. 

Summer Term

12 credits - Students complete a 480 hour externship with a transporting EMS agency. Externship sites are available in a variety of locations that will vary from year to year as we attempt to provide students with learning opportunities at some of the most progressive EMS agencies in the country. 

More About Clinicals and Externship

Clinical and field externship sites are continually monitored and evaluated, with Program staff validating the volume, variety, and quality of experiences. OHSU is a large clinical and research facility, with various resources available to paramedic students. As a teaching hospital, they are affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and other area medical centers.

The OHSU / Oregon Tech Program utilizes a vast network of EMS and emergency medicine physicians to ensure that the highest quality of education is being delivered. Routinely, some materials delivered in class are cutting edge, not yet published in Paramedic textbooks. The majority of our lecturers are clinical specialists in their areas, and include many practicing paramedics, emergency nurses, attending physicians, residents, and fellows.

 The Program employs a Medical Director to serve as our medical conscious. He reviews all exams, frequently interacts with students, and participates in quality assurance / improvement activities. His longstanding reputation in Emergency Medicine, and involvement in local EMS operations contribute to the overall strength of the Program.