Undergraduate Program

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science
Emergency Medical Services

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Emergency Medial Services (EMS) is intended to prepare graduates to meet the professional requirements for pre-hospital emergency care providers. Completion of all of the paramedic core courses with a minimum grade of C is required for eligibility to apply for National Registry of EMTs examination and New Mexico Licensure.

The program accepts academic credit from accredited institutions of higher education for course work deemed equivalent to program requirements. Of the 132 hours required for the degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours in the EMS major must be taken at the University of New Mexico to satisfy University residency requirements.

Application and Admission Requirements

All students seeking acceptance to the School of Medicine Paramedic program must meet requirements for admission to the University. See the section in this catalog on Admissions for information on University admission requirements.

Applications are only accepted through an online application process. Check the EMS Academy Web site for application information. This application is in addition to the application for admission to the University as an undergraduate.

Screening for admission to the College is conducted at periodic intervals. All applications, fees and official transcripts must be received by the deadline. Students should submit applications early to allow for adequate advisement and processing of applications.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Submit application and required academic records by the deadline dates; successfully complete all Pre-Paramedic classes, with a 2.5 GPA or better, by the date specified in the current application packet for each option.
  2. Additional information may be utilized to rank applicants; examples may include grade point average, interview, entrance exam, and geographical differences.

NOTE: Preference is given to New Mexico residents.

The School of Medicine, EMS Academy reserves the right to request the student supply any additional information as necessary. Students are expected to be fluent in the English language.

Application Deadlines

Check the EMS Academy Web site for current application deadlines.

Note:  Applicants should consult the EMS Academy Web site immediately prior to an application deadline to check for any deadline extensions.

Requirements for Graduation

The Bachelor of Science in EMS is granted to students upon fulfillment of the following:

  1. Completion of 132 semester hours of course work of the prescribed curriculum.
  2. Completion of The University of New Mexico Core Curriculum.
  3. Completion of at least 63 semester hours of upper-division course work. Such courses are numbered 300 and above.
  4. Compliance with the minimum residence requirements, as stated in the Undergraduate Program section of this catalog.
  5. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.0 minimum.
  6. Unanimous recommendation for the degree by the faculty of the School of Medicine.

Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Requirements

Curriculum for Pre-Paramedic

All students seeking a B.S. in EMS will take the following courses:

General Education Requirements
First Year
ENGL 101 Composition I: Exposition 3
ENGL 102 Composition II: Argumentation 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Area 4 6
Humanities Core Area 5 6
CHEM 121  General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 123L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
BIOL 123 Biology for Health-Related Sciences and Non-majors 3
BIOL 124L Biology for Health-Related Sciences and Non-majors Laboratory 1
MATH 121 College Algebra 3
STAT 145 Introduction to Statistics 3
Fine Arts Core Area 7 3
  Subtotal 35
Second Year  
BIOL 237 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Sciences 3
BIOL 247L Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Sciences Laboratory 1
BIOL 238 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for Health Sciences 3
BIOL 248L Human Anatomy and Physiology II for Health Sciences Laboratory 1
Foreign Language Core Area 6 3
Writing and Speaking Core Area 1 3
 Subtotal 14
Prerequisite Courses
EMS 113 EMT-Basic 8
EMS 142 EMT-Basic Lab 2
EMS 200 Medical Mathematics 1
 Subtotal 11
Pre-Paramedic Total 60
Required Paramedic Courses (Courses will be arranged)
Paramedic Didactic
EMS 309 Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Operations 3
EMS 310 Prehospital Pharmacology 3
EMS 311 Medical Assessment and Management 3
EMS 312 Cardiovascular and Pulmonology Emergencies 3
EMS 320 Medical Emergencies 3
EMS 321 Special Patient Populations 2
EMS 331 Trauma Emergencies 2
EMS 455 Disaster and Emergency Management 3
 Subtotal 22
Paramedic Practical (Laboratory)
EMS 341 Paramedic Lab I 2
EMS 342 Paramedic Lab II 2
 Subtotal 4
Paramedic Clinical
EMS 351 Paramedic Clinical Rotation I
EMS 352 Paramedic Clinical Rotation II 4
EMS 454  Paramedic Field Internship 4
  Subtotal 11
Advanced Paramedic
EMS 400 Advanced Assessment 3
EMS 461 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
EMS 465 Advanced Paramedic Clerkship 4
 Subtotal 10
Paramedic Research
EMS 469 Epidemiology and Statistics 3
EMS 470 EMS Research and Analysis 3
 Subtotal 6
Paramedic Core Total 54
EMS Electives  
Approved Courses   Subtotal 18
Concentration in
International Mountain Medicine
EMS 403 Mountain Medicine 3
EMS 404 Technical Rescue Course 3
EMS 405 Austere Medicine 3
EMS 406 Mountain Medicine Laboratory I 3
EMS 407 Mountain Medicine Laboratory II 3
EMS 456 Social Dimensions of Disaster 3
   Subtotal 18
Optional Students may choose course work from: 
  Pre-Health Professional 
  Pre-Physician Assistant 
  Fire Science 
  Degree Total  132

Departmental Honors Program

Students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum 3.6 GPA in EMS course work are eligible for honors under the following circumstances:

  • Completion of a minimum of 6 additional credit hours of approved research or independent study courses beyond the hours required to achieve the B.S. degree.
  • Submission of an approved project, submission-ready research article, or presentation at a state or national conference.
  • Endorsement of program faculty.
  • Maintenance of academic honesty and integrity, and professional conduct expected of healthcare professionals.


EMS 106. Emergency Medical Responder. (4)

EMS 113. EMT-Basic. (8)

EMS 120. Introduction to EMS System. (3)

EMS 142. EMT-Basic Lab. (2)

EMS 143. EMT-Intermediate Lab. (1)

EMS 151. EMT-I Clinical and Field Experience. (2)

EMS 180. EMT-Intermediate. (5)

EMS 200. Medical Mathematics. (1)

EMS 230. Medical Assessment and Management II. (3)

EMS 243. Paramedic Capstone. (2)

EMS 309 [209]. Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Operations [Introduction to Prehospital Advanced Life Support]. (3 [2])

EMS 310 [210]. Prehospital Pharmacology. (3)

EMS 311 [211]. Medical Assessment and Management [Medical Assessment and Management I]. (3)

EMS 312 [212]. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Emergencies. (3 [4])

EMS 320 [220]. Medical Emergencies. (3 [4])

EMS 321 [221]. Special Patient Populations [EMS Special Considerations and Operations]. (2 to a maximum of 4 Δ [3])

EMS 331 [231]. Trauma Emergencies. (2)

EMS 341 [241]. Paramedic Lab I. (2)

EMS 342 [242]. Paramedic Lab II. (2)

EMS 351 [251]. Paramedic Clinical Rotation I. (3)

EMS 352 [252]. Paramedic Clinical Rotation II. (4)

EMS 398. EMS Topics. (1-3 to a maximum of 15 ∆)

EMS 399. EMS Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 ∆)

EMS 400. Advanced Assessment. (3)

EMS 401. Adult Intensive Care Paramedic. [Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic.] . (3)

EMS 402. Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Paramedic. (3)

EMS 403. Mountain Medicine. (3 [6])

EMS 404. Technical Rescue Course [Strike Rescue Technical Rescue Course]. (3 [6])

EMS 405. Austere Medicine. (3)

EMS 406. Mountain Medicine Lab I. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 408. Mountain Medicine Lab II. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 410. EMS Administration. (3)

EMS 421. EMS Education Internship. (3)

EMS 441. Principles of EMS Education. (3)

EMS 454 [254]. Paramedic Field Internship. (4)

EMS 455. Disaster and Emergency Management. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 456. Social Dimension of Disaster. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 461. Advanced Pathophysiology. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 465. Advanced Paramedic Clerkship. (4 to a maximum of 8 Δ)

EMS 469. Epidemiology and Statistics. (3)

EMS 470. EMS Research Analysis. (3)

EMS 481. Community Paramedic: Public Health and Wellness. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

EMS 498. EMS Topics. ((1-3 to a maximum of 15) ∆)

EMS 499. EMS Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 ∆)

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