Health Sciences


Paramedic Program


Program Overview

The EMS Paramedicine Program at Central Washington University prides itself in providing comprehensive education in paramedicine with an unparalleled depth and breadth of scope while simultaneously awarding individuals with a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Paramedicine.The four-year Bachelor Degree in Paramedicine provides a unique and intensive two-year concentration in Paramedicine that not only enables student eligibility for paramedic certification, but provides content to engender leadership and advanced clinical practice abilities in EMS. 

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The first year of the major is the clinical year, and students attend classes on campus for the entire first academic year while concurrently completing clinical and field internships. This is where opportunities to learn advanced life support skills are provided under the guidance of skilled clinical instructors, or preceptors.

Completion of the first year enables the successful student to be eligible to take the National Registry Exam for paramedic, followed by a second year of paramedicine-specific coursework delivered entirely online which results in the awarding of the Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Paramedicine. 

We also offer an Advanced Standing option, which enables eligible practicing paramedics to pursue the Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Paramedicine while offering them college course credits for their experience. To be eligible, individuals will have earned a transferable Associate’s Degree, have a current national or state certification, and graduated from an approved training institution to thus enter into the EMS Paramedicine Degree Program in the second year. The Advanced Standing option is delivered entirely online and is detailed on a separate page (see Advanced Standing in menu at left).

Central Washington University EMS Paramedicine Program has a long history of maintaining high academic standards and skill requirements for our graduates that often exceed both state and national minimum standards for paramedic programs. This translates into a very busy, very intense year of learning, both in the classroom and in the field. This level of academic rigor prepares the students not only for successful completion of the national certification exam but for a rewarding and accomplished career as a professional paramedic.