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 60-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

Sample Curriculum

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Career Opportunities

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:

  • 911 responders,
  • instructors,
  • physician assistants,
  • dispatchers, or
  • 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 Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.