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September 2012

EMS Degree Option Available at OPSU

Beginning this fall, Oklahoma Panhandle State University will offer a special associate degree that will help address the need for qualified emergency medical personnel in our area.

Students can complete an Associate of Applied Science in Technology with an Emergency Medical Services option. Students take 25 hours of general education classes, 43 hours of required courses, and nine hours of support courses. Most of the required and support courses will be offered in the evening to accommodate working adults and many of the general education classes may be taken online. In addition, students complete clinical hours in area hospitals and emergency rooms.

After finishing the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course, students test and become certified through the national registry, and then continue the balance of the coursework to complete the associate degree. Those who complete all of the requirements can be certified as paramedics.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved the program in June. After Dec. 31, 2012, those who wish to be licensed as paramedics must hold an associate degree from an accredited program.

The need for qualified, licensed emergency medical personnel remains high not only in OPSU's service area, but throughout the state. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Justin Collins at 580.349.1522.

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