Emergency Medical Services Management: Alternative Pathway for EMSM Professionals
Currently, an individual certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), whether at the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-Paramedic level, has limited options beyond providing emergency medical services (EMS) in the field. As a result, the turnover rate for field EMS professionals is 50 percent. EMS professionals who wish to advance their careers in management, supervision, and administration need additional qualifications.
The School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies (HSRS) has partnered with the School of Human Services (SHS), a weekend program designed to meet the needs of working adults, to offer EMS professionals a pathway to advancing their careers.
This new pathway for the completion of the EMSM Bachelor of Science degree will provide EMS professionals with more options beyond the field upon completion of their degree.
While Springfield College’s EMSM undergraduate program provides students the skills and knowledge necessary to advance to managerial, supervisory, and administrative positions, a full-time, day program is not practical for the working EMT. For these individuals, general education and EMSM major requirement courses needed to complete the degree are available in the undergraduate course offerings of the School of Human Services.
In keeping with current SHS practice, applicants will:
- Be adult learners;
- Have three or more years of paid or volunteer human service experience, with two years at the full-time paramedic level. This experience must be documented by a resume and supporting certificates, letters, etc.
The SHS Advantage
- Dedicated and supportive faculty
- Small class sizes
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Real-world experience gained through fieldwork, service learning, and internships
- Weekend program and schedule convenient for working adults
A Sampling of Courses
- Legal Issues
- Grants Writing
- Personnel Management
- Field Search and Rescue
- Search and Rescue Management
- System Status Management
- Management Internship (with experts in the field)
- Ambulance service managers and supervisors in private and municipal departments, such as fire departments
- EMS regulators and administrators in local, state, and federal government
- EMS program developers in national consulting firms
- Positions in Homeland Security
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 343-1257.