Welcome to the EMC Program
The EKU Emergency Medical Care Program is the longest-accredited in Kentucky and the second longest-accredited program in the United States of America, and has been providing outstanding education in prehospital emergency care since 1978. We offer well-established degrees (Associate of Science in Paramedicine and Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care) which include EMT and paramedic training.
What do Paramedics do?
Paramedics are healthcare providers and public safety officials who deliver critical patient care at the scene of injury and illness and transport patients between healthcare facilities. Acting as physician extenders, paramedics implement treatment protocols that essentially bring a hospital’s Emergency Department to the patient, wherever that patient is. Paramedics intubate, administer complex medications, shock hearts, interpret blood gas measurements, program mechanical ventilators, deliver babies, cut people out of mangled vehicles, perform confined space and high-angle rescue, manage disaster scenes, and provide healthcare for a wide range of illnesses. In short, paramedics are specialists in prehospital and inter-facility medicine.
Each Friday, the College releases a new podcast discussing wilderness medicine, austere healthcare and emergency medicine. In this interview, Aebhric O’Kelly interviews Eastern Kentucky University’s David Fifer.
EKU’S EMC and Division of Natural Areas are partnering to offer two Wilderness First Aid courses. Two days, in person on EKU’s campus. Includes practical, hands-on skills in realistic scenarios.