The highest level of emergency medical service certification belongs to paramedics. The schools below offer paramedic certificates, degrees and general programs. Prior licensing as a basic EMT is required for applicants and experience in the field may be needed. All the programs mentioned prepare graduates for certification exams. Paramedic programs include an element of practicum, allowing students to interact with real patients in supervised contexts.
Dixie State University
The Dixie State University is in Saint George and offers a paramedic certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services. A year of field experience is a necessary requirement to enter into the paramedic programs at this school. Applicants to both programs must also complete prerequisites in general education, anatomy and physiology.
Paramedic certificate students learn about proper emergency care procedures. Students also learn about trauma injuries like burns, drug abuse and poisonings. The associate degree program offers both paramedic and general education courses.
Utah Valley University
The Utah Valley University is found in Orem and students there can pursue a paramedic certificate program or a bachelor's degree program in emergency services administration. The certificate option for paramedics consists of 4 main paramedic courses, labs and clinical experiences. The certificate program provides 31 credits of courses.
Students who enroll in the bachelor's degree program with an emergency care emphasis take the same paramedic classes that are found in the certificate program. The program also has courses in emergency medical services and health management. Internships are available.
Weber State University
Weber State University is located in Ogden and has an accredited emergency care department. Students can earn a paramedic certificate or an associate degree. In the paramedic programs, students are educated on advanced life support techniques.
To earn a license as a paramedic in the state of Utah, students have to complete a training program that results in 596 hours of field and clinical experience as well as 610 training hours. Aspiring paramedics must take written and practical paramedic certification examinations offered by the state or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Paramedics must maintain their certification through continuing education or examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Dixie State University||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city|| Paramedic Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
|$4,620 in-state; $13,206 out-of-state*|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Paramedic,
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration with an Emphasis in Emergency Care
|$5,386 in-state; $15,202 out-of-state*|
|Weber State University||4-year, public; small city|| Certificate of Completion in Paramedic,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
|$5,321 in-state; $14,235 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.