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Oregon Tech is a nationally recognized leader in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education. We offer one of the few university programs in the country with joint degree programs between a leading polytechnic university (Oregon Tech) and a medical school (Oregon Health and Science University).

The Paramedic program, which began in 1977 as an offshoot of the OHSU medical school training program, is the only university level paramedic program in the state of Oregon. Over 700 alumni can be found in nearly every EMS agency in the region. Our EMT and Paramedic program, as are all of the degree offerings from our EMS department, are a collaborative effort between Oregon Tech and OHSU.

Our programs offer 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.

Competitive Advantages of the OHSU/Oregon Tech Paramedic Program

  • Includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certifications within degree.
  • Only university-based paramedic program in Oregon
  • Broad exposure to the full spectrum of the EMS industry (EMT, paramedic, critical care, community care, ems management)
  • Dedicated faculty educators currently working in the EMS field
  • OHSU partnership
  • A pool of cutting edge physicians and educators teaching on their specialties
  • Hands-on invasive skills training with fresh cadavers
  • Weekly high-fidelity simulation lab integration starting on week 1
  • Primary EMS research opportunities
  • Nationwide progressive externship opportunities

Outcomes

Pursuing a career as a paramedic is a rewarding choice. Paramedics play an important role in every community, whether here in Oregon, in other states, or around the world.

A Paramedic can perform the most extensive pre-hospital advanced life support. In essence, a Paramedic is able to provide care on a level that is at the same level as an emergency room. Paramedics provide advanced treatment, while EMTs do basic-level life support like bandaging, airway management, and CPR.

2018 Annual Report Results
National Registry Written Exam Results 95.7%
Program Attrition 3.7%
Program Retention 96.3%
Accreditor Calculation* of Job Placement 73.1%
Job Placement, based on completed alumni survey responses* 100%
* Of the 26 paramedic graduates from 2018, 19 completed a job placement survey after several outreach attempts (73.1% response rate). 100% of the 19 graduates that completed the survey indicated that they were either employed as a paramedic or were pursuing further education.
Our accreditation agency asks us to assume that any graduate that did not respond to the survey by the expiration date be counted as not employed nor pursuing further education. We feel that providing readers with full transparency is important and that’s why we publish both the job placement rate for completed survey responses (100%) as well as the rate of survey completion.

Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science program in Emergency Medical Technology exceeds Oregon and National standards for paramedic programs.

We are regionally accredited by: the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.

The OHSU-Oregon Tech Paramedic Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP).

Paramedic Degree in Portland, OR

96%
Employed
4%
Continuing Education
$56,000
Starting Graduate Salary