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.


Contact Information


Sharon Hurley
Dean of Instruction