2022-23 University Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2022-23 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services Department

Jamie Kennel, Department Chair

Professors: J. Kennel

Assistant Professors: H. Jarrard, A. Wagner
Instructors: K. Darling, C. Hamper, C. Curtz

Degrees Offered

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic (joint degree through Oregon Tech and OHSU).
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) of Emergency Medical Services Management (joint degree through Oregon Tech and OHSU).

Program Learning Outcomes

EMT Program Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition and/or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical and trauma care
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on traumatic assessment findings of the patient’s condition
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings of the patient’s condition
  • Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury
  • Perform safely and effectively the expectations of the job description
  • Perform the expectations of a 911 EMT safely and effectively.

Paramedic Program Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend, apply, and evaluate information relative to the role of an entry-level Paramedic.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level Paramedic.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry level Paramedic.

BS in EMS Management Learning Outcomes

  • Foster professional growth in communication, teamwork, ethics, inquiry and analysis, quantitative literacy, and diversity.
  • Prepare students to advance their professional medical training in all the major areas of pre-hospital clinical practice.
  • Develop an awareness and practice of current EMS management challenges.

Career Opportunities

The EMS department provides a full spectrum of pre-hospital training programs and degrees, jointly offered by OHSU and Oregon Tech, starting from your very first EMS or general education course all the way through to completing your bachelor’s degree, all created with collaboration from local and national industry leaders including:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training and Certification
  • Paramedic Training (AAS degree & Nationally Accredited)
  • Critical Care Paramedic Training
  • Community Care Paramedic / Mobile Integrated Health care Training
  • EMS Management (Bachelor’s degree)

Depending on your career aspirations, graduates find career employment in a variety of settings including ambulance transport agencies, fire and rescue agencies, air-medical transport agencies, medical support for industrial sites, tactical-medical teams, hospitals, and international aid missions, to name just a few.

The EMT and Paramedic program prepares students for entry positions in the pre-hospital medicine profession. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry examination, which can lead to both national and state certifications.


While all programs at the university are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), where it is available and adds value to our students, our EMS programs offer additional programmatic accreditation. The Paramedic program is nationally accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Admission Requirements

All courses offered by the EMS department require only general Oregon Tech admission with one exception: the second year of the Paramedic degree. Due to the large number of applications and relatively limited number of student positions, the second year of the paramedic degree is a competitive application process requiring a separate admissions step, further described on the Oregon Tech website (www.oit.edu/paramedic).

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or preparing to transfer into one of our programs, students have been most successful when they focus and excel in the following three areas:

  • Strong academic performance overall with an emphasis on science coursework performance
  • Experience in providing pre-hospital care (e.g. volunteer, intern, BLS transports, etc.) ideally with hands-on direct patient care
  • Strong customer service experience with the public

All prospective students are encouraged to meet with the EMS department Program Coordinator to review transcripts and develop a customized plan to get started.