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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Emergency Medicine Program


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Prerequisite Courses

Students are admitted into the Emergency Medicine program after successful completion of a minimum of 60 college credits, including the following prerequisite courses:

  • Oral*/Written Communications - 6 Credits
  • Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science - 4 Credits
  • Natural Sciences/Psychology - 6 Credits
  • Historical Change/Social Science (ex . Anthropology, Economics, English Literature/Writing, Second Language, History, Music, Performing & Visual Arts, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, etc.) - 6 Credits
  • Additional Credits from Above Content Areas - 8 Credits
  • EMT with Lab ** - 4 Credits
  • Additional Coursework - 26 Credits

*Accepted Oral Communications Courses: COMMRC 0500 , COMMRC 0510 , COMMRC 0520 , COMMRC 0530 , COMMRC 0540 , COMMRC 0550 .

**Verification of current Pennsylvania or National Registry EMT certification must be provided. If a non-credit course was taken for this certification, 4 credits may be granted through credit by course examination. Junior year students without Pennsylvania EMT certification will be required to apply for and receive reciprocity from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

**Current Paramedic certification must be demonstrated to receive the advanced standing of 39 credits (*includes four credits of EMT). The awarding of 39 advanced standing credits limits the transfer of college credits to no more than 51 credits (including required 30 prerequisites and 21 additional coursework credits). College classes taken as requirement for obtaining paramedic certification may not be utilized toward the 51 credits.

Emergency Medicine Curriculum


Fall Term-Junior Year


The EM Program Junior year curricula consists of required courses which are offered only once during the academic year.  Any deviation from completing the courses in the planned sequence will result in the delay of progressing through the curriculum and the year of graduation.

Active Duty Military Students


Students are required to earn 30 credits within the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and these may not include prerequisite courses.  Active military transfer students are required to have current certification/licensure as a paramedic and have completed 51 college credits, including the required prerequisite courses.  Beyond the Body and Organizational Theory are offered as part of the core curriculum for this program.  All core coursework for active military students is provided in a web-based format.

Transfer Students


Students are required to earn 30 credits within the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and these may not include prerequisite courses. Senior transfer students are required to have current certification/licensure as a paramedic and have completed 51 college credits, including the required prerequisite courses. All senior transfer students will be offered a 3-credit online EM course each semester to fulfill the 30-credit requirement (Beyond the Body will be offered in the fall semester and Organizational Theory will be offered in the spring). Students may take other 3-credit courses within SHRS each semester to fulfill the 30-credit requirement. Senior transfer students must complete EM core credits in a traditional format; web-based or distance course delivery format is not available.

For Juniors: This Program requires students to complete clinical education at facilities external to the University, and such facilities will require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34/73 clearance, physical examination, blood titers, and a drug screen to determine whether the student applicant is qualified to participate in the clinical education.  Students must be currently certified as an EMT by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Out of state and Nationally Registered EMTs must apply for and receive endorsement by certification equaling reciprocity.   A Program Fee of $1,500 is charged to each junior student to cover the cost of disposable equipment, supplies and specialty certifications.  Students are required to purchase and wear clinical uniforms designated by the Program and maintain health insurance throughout the entire junior year. Additionally, in order to become certified/ licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor and a felony.

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