Applied Science for Paramedics (AAS)

First responders provide compassionate care to people in crisis. Expand your scope of services by earning an associate degree.

Why Should EMTs Earn an Applied Science Degree?

Indiana’s emergency medical services (EMS) offers four levels of certification, starting with emergency medical responder and moving up to paramedic, which can provide the widest range of treatment services.

If you’ve completed an accredited paramedic program, an associate of applied science degree can help you advance in the EMS field. Building on everything you learned in the field as an EMT, this coursework will deepen your scientific knowledge and, ultimately, authorize you to provide additional emergency medical services.

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Career Outlook & Success


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Why USF for Your Paramedic-Geared Associate Degree?

Renowned for its values-based health sciences education programs, the University of Saint Francis – Crown Point offers a robust associate degree program that will help licensed EMTs advance in their careers.

Benefits of our program:

  • Get credit for your completed Certified Paramedic Program
  • Finish your associate degree in about a year
  • Learn in small classes from expert instructors, including EMS professionals
  • Earn transferable credits toward a bachelor’s degree

A closer look at your coursework:

With a mix of the physical and social sciences, your classes will broaden your understanding of the human condition:

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Sociology of Health

Paramedic Jobs & Other EMS Opportunities

One benefit of becoming a paramedic: upgrading your education can expand the scope of your role and qualify you for higher-level positions, such as a crew leader.

Much like EMTs, paramedics can find positions in a range of healthcare, public service and recreational settings:

  • Hospitals/trauma centers
  • Community paramedic (such as with Indiana’s Mobile Integrated Health program)
  • Ambulance companies
  • Fire departments
  • Public safety/law enforcement agencies
  • Medical transport agencies

Some paramedics work as contract medics, which can take them to amusement and water parks, hotels and conference centers, and cruise ships and festivals.

Advancing Your Education: Healthcare Career Options

As an EMT, advanced training and education can help you expand your role as first responder. What comes after that?

Many EMS professionals serve as first responders in their communities while continuing their education. Some might aim for a degree in lab science, surgical technology or nursing, while others might enroll in a pre-med/biology or pre-physician assistant program, with a goal of working in emergency medicine.

Your general education and science credits from USF’s AAS degree are transferable, which can help you build a foundation toward your next degree.

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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