The Emergency Medical Service Management program prepares students to adapt, improvise, and overcome challenges in the EMS industry.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program offers students a diversified education experience designed to develop strong field provider skills, as well as EMS management and leadership training. Students with the discipline and drive to successfully complete our programs, earn eligibility for both state and national licensing exams.
Located primarily at the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus, the BS degree in EMS Management is a joint Oregon Tech / Oregon Health and Science University degree that provides graduates with practical training in three core areas; general business management training, specific EMS industry management training and finally advanced clinical training.
This program is an excellent opportunity for practicing and certified paramedics that desire to leverage their field knowledge and experience into a management or leadership position within their organization or would simply like to advance their 2-year degree into a bachelor's degree in order to pursue other graduate level work such as an MPH or an MBA.
What You'll Learn
While your first two years are spent preparing for and then completing the paramedic program, your next two years are spent training and studying in three main areas:
- Management Foundation classes – these courses are designed to prepare the student with a broad management background that applies to all industries.
- EMS Industry Management classes – In this area, students receive training and exposure to the specialized operations and management issues and challenges that effect public and private companies that operate within the EMS industry.
- Advanced clinical training in one of two areas:
The departmental faculty advise students. View the list of academic advisors.
If a student is unsure who their assigned academic advisor is, please contact the department chairperson or the Academic Advising office below.
Job Opportunities are Available Nationwide
Once licensed, graduates find employment with ambulance agencies, fire departments, air-medical transport, industrial sites, tactical medical teams and hospitals. Graduates also find rewarding adventures providing medical assistance for disasters, international medical needs and expedition medicine. Our graduates assume leadership roles and often promote into supervision and management, while others find they are well prepared to pursue higher degrees and other medical fields.
Possible Job Titles
Our program offers a diversified educational experience designed to develop strong field provider skills, as well as management and leadership training within EMS.
Students with the discipline and drive to successfully complete our programs, earn eligibility for both state and national licensing exams, and find employment with leading agencies across the Nation. Please see the degree maps for a more specific idea of our curriculum from our various degree options.
If you are currently a paramedic please meet with our Department Coordinator, Deb Disko, to review your prior college transcripts and build a personalized course map detailing what you need to get started. In most situations, if you went to an accredited paramedic program, your paramedic professional classes will be fully accepted regardless if it was a degree program or not. We will also review your other general education classes to determine if you meet all the pre-requisite coursework to successfully begin junior level classes.