UNM Los Alamos

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

About the Program

The Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Service is a specialized degree program designed to build a workforce that is customized to the expected needs of towns, cities and counties in Northern New Mexico and beyond. Students in the program will receive basic academic and specialized hands on training needed to meet the professional educational needs of pre-hospital care providers. The program is designed to meet the 1998 EMT National Standard Curriculum requirements and incorporates New Mexico requirements and EMT scope of practice. Upon successful completion of degree requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.33, graduates will be qualified for New Mexico and National Registry testing and will be eligible for admission to the UNM Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services program.

Program Learning Goals

The emergency medical services program provides students with quality instruction to facilitate mastery of the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to continue their studies with an end to completing a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services paramedic program. Upon successful completion of the required courses for the emergency medical services program, our students will demonstrate that they have developed the ability to:

  • Recognize medical and traumatic emergencies and have the ability to intervene and stabilize patients while in transport to an advanced care facility.
  • Have the ability to successfully use pre-hospital field techniques, including airway management and patient assessment and administration of intravenous fluids.
  • Show awareness of social and professional responsibilities and act accordingly.
  • Have a working knowledge of pharmacology, the history of emergency medical services, the development of EMS systems and current trends and issues in EMS.
  • Communicate effectively.

Specific Requirements

A minimum of 73 credit hours with a minimum grade of 2.33 are required. At least 15 of these 73 credit hours must be UNM catalog credit courses taken in residence. A grade of C or better is required in all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum. A minimum of C is also required in each Technical Core course.

General Education core courses (52 credit hours)

Writing and Speaking (12 credit hours)

  • ENGL 101 Composition I: Exposition (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 102 Composition II: Analysis and Argument (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 220 Expository Writing (3 credit hours) or ENGL 290 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • CJ 130 Public Speaking (3 credit hours)

Mathematics and Statistics (6 credit hours)

  • MATH 121 College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • STAT 145 Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)

Physical and Natural Sciences (16 credit hours)

  • BIOL 123 Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non Majors (3 credit hours) / BIOL 124L Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non Majors Lab (1 credit hour)
  • BIOL 237 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences (3 credit hours) / BIOL 227L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (1 credit hour)
    OR BIOL 247L Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences Lab (1 credit hour)
  • BIOL 238 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences (3 credit hours) / BIOL 228L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II (1 credit hour)
    OR BIOL 248L Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences Lab (1 credit hour)
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry (3 credit hours) / CHEM 123L General Chemistry Lab (1 credit hour)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Humanities (6 credit hours)

  • Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

  • Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts

Foreign Language (3 credit hours)

  • Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language

Emergency Medicine Core Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

  • EMS 113 EMT-Basic (8 credit hours)
  • EMS 140 EMT-Basic Lab (2 credit hours)
  • EMS 120 Introduction to EMS System (3 credit hours)
  • EMS 143 EMT-Intermediate Lab (1 credit hour)
  • EMS 151 EMT-I Clinical and Field Experience (2 credit hours)
  • EMS 180 EMT-Intermediate (5 credit hours)

Total Program Required 73 credit hours

Contact Information

Joseph L. Candelaria
Department Chair, Fire Science & EMS
505.695.2155
joecand@unm.edu

Kay Willerton
Associate Dean of Instruction,
Department Chair, Mathematics
505.661.4697
kwiller@unm.edu