Become a Paramedic

Our nationally and state accredited paramedic program has been training future paramedics for 20 years. As a paramedic, you will be a member of the Emergency Medical Services system that provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) to the acutely ill and critically injured.

Students enrolled can expect to learn skills that will save lives. Some skills within the scope of practice include intravenous access, medication administration, advanced airway access, and EKG interpretation.

Engaged Learning
Field Experienced Instructors
Facilities and Equipment

Engaged Learning

  • Program awards 31 upper division credit hours in the Emergency Services bachelor's degree.
  • 1400 hours of instruction which exceeds the national average.
  • Clinical experience includes Specialty Care, and Level I and Level II Trauma Centers.
  • Up to 16 paramedic provider agencies support student internship experience.
  • Undergo intensive classroom and skills training utilizing; hybrid learning platform, simulation labs, all with excellent equipment support.

Field Experienced Instructors

  • Instruction by 33 healthcare professionals.
  • Affiliate paramedic faculty with an average of 15 years pre-hospital care.
  • Faculty includes; Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, tenured EMS and specialty topic instructors.
  • Two full-time faculty, lab manager, and administrative support allow for optimal management of dynamic program.

Facilities / Equipment

  • State of the art training aids and equipment.
  • Individual issue of Notebook Tablet.
  • Digital hybrid learning platform

Career Paths

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow seven percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all other occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

In Utah, the average salary for a paramedic is nearly $40,000. It a great career for people who like to use clinical thinking, patient care skills, and innovative problem-solving. Many paramedics thrive on pressure and consquences. When stakes are high, paramedics meet the call and make a difference.

For many being a paramedic meets their career goals, but others use it as a launching pad to different careers within healthcare.

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Doctor

Program Schedule

The program runs eight months (two semesters) and totals approx. 1,400 hours of core curriculum and clinical time.

Program start dates are in January and August each year.

Semester 1: Classes are held Monday through Friday from 0800-1700 hrs. at the UVU Emergency Services building, 3131 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, Utah.

Semester 2: Clinical rotations. Times and locations will vary during the semester.

During clinical rotations, students are given experience in Specialty Care and Level I and Level II Trauma Centers. These rotations give students an opportunity to build their network and their resume. Students also undergo intensive classroom and skill training utilizing hybrid learning platform and simulation labs — all with excellent equipment support.

Credits and Fees

Students will earn a total of 31 credits for the two semester program. Credit earned can be applied to degrees and certificates below:

Courses/lab fees approximately $900 (subject to change) total for both semesters.

The following fees are not covered by the tuition and fees for Utah Valley University and not covered in the Paramedic program student fees.

Uniform required for the program:

  • EMS t-shirt, gray - $10
  • EMS intern shirt, gray - $10
  • Blue work or ems pants (i.e. Dickies)
  • Black boots (i.e. jump boots, station boots)
  • Scrubs:
    • Top: forest green
    • Bottom: black

National Registry Test: $125

Upon receiving recommend for National Registry Testing, the fee is due.

Paramedic standing, holding emergency medical equipment