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Bachelor's Degree

100% Online Track Available

Realism is at the heart of Radford University Carilion’s Emergency Services Program. When emergencies happen, first responders are on the front lines of providing care, managing crisis and rescuing those in need. 

With Carilion Clinic, Radford University Carilion prepares students to face these challenges in a variety of professions on the entry and management levels in a three to four-year program. We believe in doing as a means to learn. Outstanding clinical opportunities with Carilion Clinic and internship rotations with more than 20 Fire and EMS agencies are available across the region. 

Program Overview

Radford University Carilion offers three tracks in our Emergency Services Program so you can match your education to your career goals: 

  • The Paramedic/Firefighter Track (campus): prepares students for fire and emergency medical services (EMS) positions and the skills for entry-level management and leadership positions in the fire and EMS professions. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national paramedic certification exam and complete numerous fire certifications.
  • The Paramedic/Critical Care Track (campus): prepares students for advanced patient care methodologies within the critical care ground and air transport environment. This track also prepares the student for entry-level management and leadership positions in non-fire service-based EMS agencies. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national paramedic certification exam and specialty critical care certifications. 
  • The Degree Completion Track (online): is designed for students already working in the emergency services field to complete a bachelor’s degree. 
     

What makes this program different?  

 

  1. Carilion Clinic: As a student at Radford University Carilion, you will be part of a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 14,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration.
     
  2. We have a full-scale, ambulance in our lab. Our full-scale ambulance simulator is parked in the classroom.  Realistic education sessions help you learn the right way, in real-time from the start. From your first day, you are engrossed in a hands-on learning environment that includes 700 hours of clinical and field time. What’s more, you’ll touch more than 10,000 real patients during your time at Radford University Carilion. 
     
  3. Paramedic certification in 3 years. We are currently the only Bachelor’s program that offers initial paramedic in two tracks, and certification after three years, which allows you to start working in the field sooner. 
     
  4. Evidence-based learning. You’ll learn from people on the front lines. Radford University Carilion’s entire curriculum is evidence based— our faculty is teaching things they did last night in the field, because our entire faculty still works in emergency services. 

Career Path

Considering a career in Emergency Services? This program can jumpstart your career, and will help you stand out competitively among peers when applying for jobs. 

  • Nationally, emergency services professions are expected to grow 24% by 2024.
  • Graduation Rate from program – 100% 
  • National certification rate — 100%
  • Employment — 100% upon or close to graduation. 

Admissions Requirements

Not every program has the same requirements. The following requirements are specific to this program.
 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older prior to the start of the second semester
  • Must have current Virginia EMT-Basic certification (reciprocity is available from other states) prior to the start of the second semester.
  • Fire Track Only - Must have current Virginia FF II certification (reciprocity is available from other ProBoard states) prior to the start of the fourth semester.

Accreditation

The Radford University Carilion Emergency Services Program is 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992
www.coaemsp.org


The Emergency Services Program is also accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (VAOEMS), 1041 Technology Park Drive, Glen Allen, VA. 23059, phone 1-800-523- 6019

In compliance with the Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Programs (CoAEMSP) policy, the paramedic component of the Emergency Services Program reports the following outcome information on its last three years of graduates in its annual report:

 

2015

2016

2017

Average

National Certification

100%

100%

95.2%

98%

Retention

75.75%

75.5%

83.8%

78.25%

Positive Placement

100%

100%

100%

100%