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Field of Study: Emergency Medical Care


Emergency medical care programs teach people to rescue others and save lives.



Emergency medical care programs include topics such as:

  • First aid and emergency medicine field techniques
  • Patient stabilization and care
  • Medical field communications
  • Equipment operation and maintenance
  • Emergency vehicle operation
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology
  • Crisis scene management and personnel supervision
  • Applicable standards and regulations

During your training, you complete an internship in the field. During this period, you work under the supervision of a licensed paramedic.

In emergency medical care programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Emergency care attendant (EMT Ambulance)
  • Emergency medical technology/technician (EMT Paramedic)

Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in emergency medical care. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in emergency medical care. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in emergency medical care. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.