The Advanced Standing option is intended for practicing paramedics that graduated from an accredited paramedic education institution and possess a current, valid paramedic certification and who are seeking to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in EMS Paramedicine at Central Washington University. Interested individuals should either have an associate’s degree to transfer or willing to satisfy the general education requirements at Central to be eligible for graduation. Transferable degrees are available for review at http://www.cwu.edu/registrar/transfer-equivalencies-policies and the admission requirements can be reviewed at http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/index.php/transfer-admission-criteria. If the General Education requirements at CWU are not met through an approved transfer of an Associate’s Degree, then the student must satisfy those requirements prior to graduation at Central Washington University. Not having completed an Associate’s Degree does not preclude applicants from being accepted into the Advanced Standing status; however, they must satisfy the General Education requirements prior to graduation. For information regarding assessments of General Education fulfillment, please visit the Degree Checkout website at http://www.cwu.edu/registrar/degree-checkout.
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Interested individuals should first apply to the EMS Paramedicine Program for acceptance (click here for application). If accepted into the EMS Paramedicine Program Advanced Standing status, the applicant then must apply for admission to the University. Upon University acceptance, the paramedic may be awarded up to 60 credits toward the EMS Paramedicine Major through a professional challenge process. This involves a course challenge for each of the first-year courses in the EMS Paramedicine major. The current certification for paramedic, coupled with evidence of program completion from an accredited institution, will serve as sufficient evidence for the course challenges. The cost for this process is a fee of $15 per credit. Applicants will be assessed the $15 per credit fee for all of the 60 credits in the first year ($15 X 60 = $900). The course challenge process can occur only after the student is actively enrolled and registered for classes.
Upon Program and University acceptance and completion of the professional course challenges, the paramedic awarded Advanced Standing may then register for the second year online courses and enroll in the remaining 45 credits in the EMS Paramedicine Major. A summary of that activity is as follows:
Summary of Credit Attainment Through Advanced Standing Major
Transfer of Approved Associate’s Degree
Up to 90 credits
Course Challenge through Credit by Examination
Second Year Online Coursework
Total Major Credits:
Total Credits Accrued for Graduation:
Minimum 180 credits
A summary of steps and requirements are as follows:
1. If the applicant possesses:
· a transferable Associate’s Degree (preferred) or meets CWU’s General Education requirements through other means
· a valid and current certification of paramedic or equivalent from the National Registry of EMTs or authorized state Office of EMS
· evidence of course completion from a fully authorized EMS training institution
You may then:
2. Submit an Advanced Standing Application to the EMS Paramedicine Program Office
· Include a copy of your paramedic certification from the NREMT or state credentialing office
· Include a copy of program completion certificate or other verifying information that contains the program name and authorizing individual
· Complete the EMS Paramedicine Major Declaration Form and return with application
3. Apply for admission to the University at www.cwu.edu/admissions
· submit all necessary transcripts and pay required fees
· submit necessary paperwork for Course Challenges through Credit by Examination and pay all associated fees (once enrolled and registered for classes)
· once applied, you will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Admissions Office. This will include your CWU ID number and pin to activate and log onto the Safari Student Administration Office
4. If Applicable, apply for Financial Aid by visiting the Financial Aid website at www.cwu.edu/financial-aid and make sure to complete a FAFSA
5. Activate your Safari Account, and start checking your CWU Groupwise email for updates to your admissions, financial aid, and registration status.
6. Once you have been accepted, complete the online Transfer Student Orientation or call (509)963-1831 for more details.
7. Once you have completed the online orientation, you may then register for classes.
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