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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

FAQs

  1. How many Paramedic Program applicants are accepted?
    According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health EMS Division, there is a maximum of 30 students admitted in each class.
  2. When do you admit EMS students?
    Qualified applicants are admitted each May.
  3. How are applicants selected?
    Applications are ranked using a formula based on the following criteria:

    • Took EMT-Basic at RSU
    • Number of courses completed toward the AAS Degree in EMS
    • Grades in Degree Plan courses
  4. Is there an application deadline?
    Yes, applications must be submitted no later than April 1st.
  5. Is there a waiting list?
    No
  6. Do you have to be a Basic EMT to be admitted?
    No. However, you must pass the National Registry EMT exam prior to the beginning of the third semester.
  7. What are the prerequisite courses?
    • EMS 1108 Basic EMT
    • CS 1113  Microcomputer Applications
    • BIOL 1144 General Cellular Biology
    • BIOL 2215 Anatomy and Physiology
  8. If I already have one degree, do I have to take the prerequisites?
    Yes. Also, sciences have a five year limit.
  9. What if my advisor isn’t available when I drop by?
    It is always best to schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor. Advisement schedules are posted on their door.
  10. Can I transfer EMS Courses?
    EMS Courses are not transferable.
  11. Can I work full time while in the EMS Program?
    It is recommended that the students do no work more than 16 hours per week and plan on studying at least 20 hours per week during the EMS Program.
  12. What are the class hours?
    Paramedic classes are during the day with varying times.  Also, clinical times are outside the classroom hours.
    • First semester: Mondays and Tuesday
    • Second semester: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Third semester: Mondays and Wednesdays
    • Fourth semester: Tuesdays
  13. Can I pick my clinical location?
    Yes. The EMS Program has contracts with many Tulsa and surrounding area EMS and Healthcare facilities. When you sign up for a clinical time, you must attend that clinical at the site you choose. 
  14. How long does it take?
    The associate degree in EMS is a two-year (four semesters) program after the prerequisites have been completed.
  15. What is the Bridge Program?
    It involves advanced placement and is only available to LPNs and licensed Paramedics. The Bridge program is a one-year program (three semesters) after the prerequisites have been completed.
  16. Can I attend part-time?
    Yes, you can take the prerequisites and general education courses before admission. Once admitted all EMS courses must be taken in sequence.
  17. Are there any night EMS courses?
    No, however some clinicals may be in the evening, overnight or on weekends. Some general education courses are offered in the evenings and online.
  18. What immunizations do I have to need?
    All required immunizations are available at the RSU Student Health Center once you become an RSU Student. Required Immunizations:

    • 2 MMR
    • 3 Hep B
    • Tdap
    • Chickenpox or vaccination
    • Tb skin test (annually)
    • Influenza (annually)
    • Physical examination
  19. Will my courses transfer?
    See Online Course Matrix or make an application to the university and schedule an appointment with the advisement center.
  20. If I have a felony or arrest history, can I still get admitted?
    • You must first get admitted into the University.
    • Second, review the National Registry of EMTs information.  Felonies of most concern are assault and battery, murder, sexual offenders, and drugs.
    • Clinical agencies may not allow students with criminal backgrounds into their facilities.
    • Make an appointment with Mr. Ohman if there are questions in this topic area.