Paramedic FAQs

What is a Paramedic?

A paramedic is a member of the Emergency Medical Services system that provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) to the acutely ill and critically injured.  The paramedic scope of practice provides for some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment skills in the pre-hospital environment.  Skills within the scope of practice for a paramedic are intravenous access, medication administration, advanced airway access, and EKG interpretation. Certifications include: ACLS, BLS, PALS, NRP, PEPP, LEFR PHTLS, GEMS, and AMLS. 

How do I become a paramedic?

The Utah Valley University (UVU) Paramedic program is a State and Nationally accredited training institute. Successful completion of the UVU Paramedic program qualifies students to test for the National Registry Examination. In order to be considered for the Paramedic Program, applicants must be a certified Utah EMT in good standing, and meet the necessary academic requirements.

When is the Paramedic Program held?

UVU has two classes a year, August-April and January-August. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 0800-1700 hrs during the first semester. The second semester is the clinical portion and the times and locations will vary during the semester.

How long is the Paramedic Program?

The program runs 8 months and totals approximately 1,400 hours of core curriculum/clinical time.  

Where is the Paramedic Program held?

First Semester didactic courses are taught at the Provo Campus located at: 3131 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, Utah. Second semester clinical time is at various hospitals and EMS provider agencies along the Wasatch Front.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be admitted to UVU at the time the application is submitted. Academic requirements needed to be completed for acceptance into the program:

  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology (transfer credit accepted) with a grade of C or higher: ZOOL 1090 or ZOOL 2320 and 2420 with labs highly recommended.
  • Complete MAT 0950 or higher or ACT/SAT/ALEKS /assessment scores.
  • Complete ENGH 1000 or higher or ACT/SAT/ assessment scores.
  • Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have Utah EMT and current CPR certification. Must reamian current during the course yuo are applying for. 

What is the cost and how many credits are earned in the Program?

  • For tuition/fee amounts, please refer to http://www.uvu.edu/tuition
  • Courses/lab fees approximately $900.00 (Subject to change) total for both semesters

The following fees are not covered by the Tuition/Fees for Utah Valley University and not covered in the Paramedic Program Student Fees:

 Uniforms will be required for the program

Gray EMS t-shirts  $10.00 each 

Gray EMS intern shirts    $25.00 each

Blue work type or ems pants (i.e. Dickies)   Black boots (i.e. jump boots, station boots) 

Scrubs: Top-Forest Green and Bottom: Black

National Registry test   $125.00

This fee is due once the student has been recommend for National Registry Testing. National Registry Test Fee, refer to http://www.nremt.org

Students will earn a total of 31 credits for the two semester program. 

How do I apply for the Paramedic Program and what is the application process?


    • Mailed to: 3131 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, UT 84601

C/o Jeannette German-Paramedic Program Admin

  • Entry into this program is through a competitive application process. Applicants are selected based on the following:
    • Application
    • Take UVU paramedic entry examination (available at UVU Emergency Services) 

The written entry examination will be available approximately two weeks prior to the application deadline. Special consideration may be made for applicants living outside the state of Utah and must be arranged prior to the application deadline.  The paramedic entry examination is a written evaluation of the applicant’s medical knowledge, EMT skills, problem solving ability, basic math calculations, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology along with priority based problem solving. You may use a calculator for this test and the maximum allotted time to complete this test is 1 hour.

After your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by email with your date and time for an oral interview (only for applicants who have completed all pre-requisite requirements).

  • First round interviews are granted to pplicants who have completed all paramedic program prerequisites by application deadline.
  • Second round interviews may be  granted to applicants upon completion of all paramedic program prerequisite requirements, at the discretion of the Paramedic Program Director.

Once accepted into the paramedic program, you must provide documentation of the following:

  • Must pass criminal background check requirements of UCA 26-8a-310 for certification as a Paramedic in the State of Utah. Applicants cannot have any felony convictions or be on probation.
  • Must pass required drug screening. 
  • Have current vaccinations including: Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella (proof of two vaccinations), Tdap (within the past 10 years).
  • Proof of 2 Skin TB test OR  1 blood test results (Negative results required), and current flu vaccination.
  • Obtain a current physical examination with permission to participate in the paramedic program signed by qualified health care provider. You need to provide a letter from your doctor that you are medically and physically capable of performing required paramedic tasks such as:

     -An ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance)

    -An ability to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain

    -An ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture

    - An ability to work in low light, confined spaces, and other dangerous environments

What degrees are available?

  • One-year Certificate- Paramedic
  • Associate in Applied Science- Firefighter/Emergency Care Emphasis
  • Associate in Science in Emergency Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration- Emergency Care Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration – Management Emphasis