CCN Staff Report: April 9, 2016
In an announcement made by Dr. Bill Young, Director of the Emergency Medical Care program at Eastern Kentucky University, the program will now begin offering the Paramedic Science Degree program via an online-hybrid distance learning delivery model.
Emergency Medical Care Program at EKU
This means that currently certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) can remain gainfully employed and simultaneously continue their education to earn their degree to become licensed Paramedics.
If you are interested in joining a career that is fast-paced, exciting, fulfilling and growing then consider joining us at EKU, said Dr. Bill Young. The EKU Emergency Medical Care Program is the first accredited Paramedic program in Kentucky. We offer well established Associate of Science & Bachelor of Science degrees in Emergency Medical Care.
Paramedics are the men and women who work under "standing orders and protocols" to bring the emergency room to the patient. We don't replace the Physician but we are his or her eyes, ears and hands until the patient reaches the hospital. We intubate....give medications..... shock hearts.... use the jaws of life, perform confined space rescue, manage disaster scenes and more. Paramedics and EMTs are the front-line in the on-going efforts to improve the emergency health care delivery system in America. We here at Eastern are striving to remain at the forefront on this and other important EMS issues, remarked Dr. Young.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Quick Facts: EMTs and Paramedics
2014 Median Pay
$31,700 per year
$15.24 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education
Postsecondary education degree/certification
Job Outlook, 2014-24
24% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24