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Bachelor of Science in EMS Paramedicine 

About our BS in EMS Paramedicine 

The EMS Paramedicine degree is designed if you plan to become a certified pre-hospital professional in emergency medical services (EMS). A bachelor’s degree in paramedicine will provide you with the skill set for emergency medical services, as well as advanced life support and leadership abilities. This program is also offered as an online-hybrid option, situating CWU as a partial paramedic online school. 

Why Study EMS Paramedicine at CWU?

Our EMS Paramedicine degree will lead you to your future in emergency medical services. This program provides education in applied skills, but also enables your eligibility for paramedic certification. While hard skills such as clinical practice are highly important within this field, you will also develop important leadership skills and a highly regarded work ethic. Check out our program's Mission and Values.

CWU's EMS Paramedicine program is recognized as one of the best, with coursework that meets or exceeds the National Education Standards for EMS. Through 2028, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 7% job growth in EMS and Paramedicine, which is above the average for all occupations. In Washington alone, the need for paramedics is becoming critical. 

Program Highlights

Where is this program offered? 


How much does this program cost?

Find out how much this program costs through the registrar

Advanced Standing

This option is available only for currently certified paramedics who reside in a state that participates in online instruction with Washington State and who received their education from an accredited institution. For more information, reference Advanced Standing


Our EMS Paramedicine offers specialized scholarships to support students through their degree. For more information, see EMS Paramedicine Scholarships 

Careers and Outcomes  

Our Bachelor in Paramedicine 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 level of academic rigor will prepare you not only for successful completion of the national certification exam but for a rewarding and accomplished career as a professional paramedic. 

  • Annual Wage for a Paramedic: $49,500 

Washington ranked as the #1 in Top paying states for Paramedics: $82,810 

Degree Information

For information regarding pre-admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog or our in-depth EMS Paramedicine Admissions Guide 


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Sophomore EMS 440  EXSC 350 
EXSC 351 
Junior EMS 335 
EMS 350 
EMS 451 
EMS 443 

EMS 336 
EMS 444 
EMS 459
EMS 337

EMS493 A 
EMS 493B
EMS 441 

EMS 493C 

EMS 430 
EMS 455 
EMS 460
EMS 480 
EMS 445
EMS 465

EMS 431 
EMS 461 
EMS 470 
EMS 475 
EMS 481 

EMS 465
EMS 482
EMS 485
EMS 488 
EMS 489
EMS 445

EMS 470
EMS 475
EMS 490 (Advanced

If you are intersted in applying to this program, fill out our Application Form.The EMS Paramedicine Program at Central Washington University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Our EMS Paramedicine program is one of the oldest in the country, with about 97% of EMS/Paramedicine graduates passing the National Registry Examination on the first attempt. For more information regarding enrollment statistics and retention, reference EMS Paramedicine Program Statistics.

Contact Information

Dr. Douglas Presta
EMS Paramedicine Director
Office: 302-U Extention: 1379

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