Program Description

The associate of science in emergency medical services degree provides the first two years of study for a student who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services at UNM-Main. The curriculum is designed to teach and train paramedic leaders to be better prepared to handle the realities of a new era in prehospital medicine. Graduates will have the breadth of knowledge to think independently, and to push the development of emergency medical services. The program prepares students to advance to higher levels of education.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

Intended to prepare graduates to meet the professional educational needs of pre-hospital care providers, the associate of science in emergency medical services meets 2009 National EMS Educational Standards requirements and incorporates EMT scope of practice. Upon successful completion of course requirements and a minimum GPA of 2.33, graduates will be eligible for National Registry testing and for admission to the UNM School of Medicine, Emergency Medical Services Academy Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services.


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of science in emergency medical services degree is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Health Sciences Division at 505.925.8970.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215, or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y, and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239+ (A & F)/22+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II)3
COMM 1130 Public Speaking3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 1220 (College Algebra)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
BIOL 1140/1140L (Biology for Health Sciences + Lab)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology) 3
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area. *Students planning to apply to the UNM EMS Academy should complete CHEM 1215/1215L (4) as well as MATH 1350 (3). These courses may be used toward the Student Choice six credit hours or taken as additional credit hours.
Emergency Medical Services Core Requirements (29 credits)
EMS 113 (EMT-Basic)8
EMS 120 (Introduction to EMS System)3
EMS 142 (EMT-Basic Lab)2
EMS 143 (EMT-Intermediate Lab)1
EMS 151 (EMT-Intermediate Clinical and Field Experience)2
EMS 180 (EMT-Intermediate)5
BIOL 2210/2210L (Human Anatomy and Physiology I + Lab)4
BIOL 2225/2225L (Human Anatomy and Physiology II + Lab)4
Total required (60 credits)