Roger Williams University has launched the state’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services. The new major aims to prepare students to become paramedics and administrators – but not necessarily doctors.
About two dozen colleges and universities nationwide now offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in emergency medical services. That’s according to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. The programs range in focus from preparing students to be EMTs to grooming future health care administrators.
Those two tracks will be included among Roger Williams University’s new degree offering this fall, plus the opportunity to specialize in public health and emergency preparedness or become a more advanced paramedic. The program is not, however, geared toward pre-med students.
Classes will be offered out of the university's School of Continuing Studies in Providence.