College of Applied Science and Technology
(formerly Summit College)

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency Medical Services Fundamentals

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics provide vital attention to sick and injured people in a variety of situations and locations. The University of Akron and Akron General Medical Center have teamed to offer this 66-credit hour Emergency Medical Services Technology degree.

  • You will first spend 10 months studying pre-hospital and emergency medical care at Akron General Medical Center, making you eligible to sit for Ohio certification as an EMT-paramedic.
  • At The University of Akron, you will augment your skills with coursework in:
    •  anatomy and physiology
    • medical terminology
    • pharmacology
    • safety and management topics pertinent to emergency responders
  • Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience 

You are encouraged to gain practical professional experience through the University’s optional cooperative education program or through an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in your area of interest within the field of emergency medical services. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school. As an added benefit, you can earn a competitive salary. 

Emergency Medical Services Student Organizations

Interact with other emergency medical services students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • International Emergency Management Student Association
  • Fire Protection Society

Curriculum Guide

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in emergency medical services paves the way to a variety of career opportunities. Professionals generally advance to supervisory and management positions. They may become:

  • instructors
  • physician assistants
  • dispatchers
  • sales or marketing professionals specializing in emergency medical equipment

Career Outlook

The job outlook for EMTs is excellent, especially with hospitals and private ambulance services. Those with advanced certification, such as EMT-Paramedic, will enjoy the best career opportunities.

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

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Phone: 330-972-7111
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