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New degree program to boost education of emergency personnel (10-16-00)

For the first time in Texas, paramedics will be able to advance their clinical knowledge and experience by completing a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency health sciences. Beginning with the Fall 2001 semester, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) will offer this new degree to currently certified/licensed paramedics who meet the school’s competitive application requirements.

The B.S. degree in emergency health sciences, offered by faculty in UTHSC’s Department of Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), will provide paramedics with expanded medical knowledge and enhanced clinical experiences intended to assist graduates in meeting the changing demands of the emergency health care delivery system.

“The changing climate of practice and patient care demands in the 21st century requires more knowledge and training than ever,” said Donald J. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the EMT Department. “Graduates of this program will be fully equipped to understand the academic, business and legal milieu they will encounter in the emergency health services care arena.”

All students will complete an emergency health sciences core curriculum that includes a broad foundation in the history of EMS (emergency medical services), management and budgeting, disaster medicine, injury prevention and current research topics,” said Lance Villers, director of the new degree program. After the core curriculum, students will choose from one of three curriculum tracks—practitioner, education or management.

The EMT Department, part of UTHSC’s School of Allied Health Sciences, offers EMT, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic courses for college credit as well as numerous continuing education classes to help maintain licensure and certifications for a variety of health care professionals. For more information about the new degree, call (210) 567-7860.

Contact: Will Sansom