Paramedic to Associate of Paramedicine (ASP) Degree Program
Current holders of National Registry Paramedic certification or State credentialing (as defined by the program) may earn the Associate of Paramedicine (ASP) degree through an accelerated program offered through the EMC Program. Applicants for admission into this accelerated program are accepted each semester.
Program Students admitted into the NRP to ASP program will be required to take all general education and supporting coursework for the ASP.
EMC 380 (4) – Advanced Prehospital Theory – Medical
EMC 382 (4) – Advanced Prehospital Theory – Trauma
After successful completion of both EMC 380 and 382 with a “C” or higher, students will receive 18 credit hours which include:
EMC 335, 340, 342, 352, 360, 362.
Credit for EMC 105, 110, 225, 310 is available through successful completion of department proficiency examinations.
Current and maintained certification in AHA CPR for Healthcare Professionals, ACLS/ACLS-EP, PALS (and/or PEPP), and certification in PHTLS (or ITLS) may result in credit for EMC 104, 315, and 320.
Supporting and General Education Courses are required:
General Education Elements:
Element 1A – ENG 101 (3)
Element 1B – ENG 102 (3)
Element 3A or 3B – Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours)
Element 5A or 5B – Social Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours);
Element 2 or 4 – Quantitative Reasoning or Natural Science with Lab (3 credit hours)
BIO 307/307L (3) – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (formerly BIO 171)
BIO 308/308L (3) – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (formerly BIO 301)
A total of 64 credit hours are required to obtain an Associate of Science degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all EMC courses, and BIO 307/307L and 308/308L. Students must also maintain an overall EKU GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Transferring Paramedic Credit into the EMC Program
Effective January 2013, the National Registry has instituted a policy requiring that all candidates for certification must complete coursework from a CoAEMSP nationally accredited paramedic program. The EKU EMC program therefore has instituted the following policy, effective with the 2012/13 academic year.
- Time Limit for Program Completion
To maintain EKU’s status as a CoAEMSP nationally- accredited paramedic program students must progress through their EMC paramedic sequence of classes as well as the required BIO 307/307L and 308/308L) within a specified time limit. Each student must successfully complete all of these courses before they are eligible to take the NREMT skill and didactic examinations to obtain the NREMT Paramedic card. National accreditation standards dictate that this must all be completed within a designated time window. The start of an individual student’s time limitation (“advanced sequence and testing clock”) will be determined by the student’s program advisor.
- Credit from a CoAEMSP Accredited Paramedic Program
Students with transfer credit from a CoAEMSP accredited paramedic program may have this credit used to fulfill a portion of their major and supporting program requirements. Such work will be evaluated by EMC faculty for comparability and content; students may be required to complete departmental exams to gauge subject mastery and to assist with appropriate course placement.
- Credit NOT from a CoAEMSP Accredited Paramedic Program
Coursework accepted by EKU but earned through participation in a program that is not CoAEMSP accredited cannot be used to advance a student through EKU’s nationally accredited EMC program. Such credit may fulfill general education and elective areas; but it cannot be applied toward the EMC major and supporting program requirements.However a student who has earned a National Registry Paramedic certification may be allowed to use non-CoAEMSP accredited transfer credit in partial fulfillment of major requirements. Earning the National Registry Paramedic certification validates use of the paramedic related transfer coursework. Students without this paramedic credential, and without CoAEMSP accredited transfer courses, must progress through the EKU EMC program by completing EKU coursework.