Paramedic Program Prerequisites

You MUST complete the following prerequisites prior to starting the paramedic:

  • Be an admitted student of Weber State ("W" number assigned)
  • Submit a program application by May 15 for confirmed fall admission
  • Pass the departmental EMT assessment/entrance exam by May 15th for you application to be considered
  • Possess a valid Utah or state EMT* certification/reciprocity
  • Complete MATH 0960/990* or higher
  • Complete English 1010*
  • Complete Medical Terminology* (2 credits)
  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology* (8 credits)
  • Possess a grade point average 2.7
  • All students are encouraged to submit early applications even if prerequisites are not completed. However, all  academic prerequisites must be be completed with a "C" or better prior to starting the paramedic program in the fall semester. 


General prerequisite information:

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • All academic prerequisite courses require a minimum "C" grade 
  • No prerequiste courses may be completed concurrent with PAR 2000

Specific prerequisite information:

1)  EMT assessment/entrance exam:

  • Successfully complete the departmental EMT assessment/entrance exam with a minimum of 75%  on no more than two attempts. Passing scores are good for two years unless an AHA/BLS change occurred such as in November 2010
  • In the event a student has been denied entrance due to double attempts under 75%, they get one (1) attempt at passing the exam on a subsequent application.
  • This test may be taken at any secure WSU Testing center or an approved proctored site
  •  This is a departmental assessment exam that performs three functions:

    1)     verifies your retention of core EMT knowlege which is NOT retaught in paramedic

    2)     is a reliable predictor of success in the Weber State paramedic program.

    3)     is a reliable predictor of success on the National Registy computer adaptive test.

  • Please note:
    • This is not the Utah BEMS test or your EMT class final exam!
    • This test is based on the National EMS Education Standards NOT the Utah TTG's!
    • The test is application and scenario based, NOT the recall of facts!
    • Students will get 100 randomized questions proportionate to the national curriculum
    • Prior to testing students should review content of any current EMT-Basic Textbook and AHA 2010 BLS standards for greatest chance of success
      • EMT-B review texts are available from online booksellers
      • As of March 1, 2011 the 2010 AHA BCLS standards will be tested
    • Test blueprint contains the following national EMT competencies (see pdf file)
      • BCLS and Medical Emergencies are traditionally problematic
    • Practice EMT tests are available at the WSU EMS computer lab.  Call for availablility.
    • Exam must be completed by May 15th for fall consideration and selection.
      • Students of a summer EMT class have one week post class to complete the assessment exam.

2)  ENGLISH 1010 competency must be documented on your transcript

  • Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • CLEP test with essay, may achieve transcript documentation
  • ACT test score, may achieve transcript documentation
  • WSU offers AccuPlacer Testing to determine the best English and Math course levels for your abilities. Math and English placement scores for ACT, ComPASS and AccuPlacer can be found on the Assessment & Placement Standards page (PDF file).

3)  MATH 0960/0990 competency must be documented on your transcript

4)  Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)

  • 8 credits, tradionally called "matched set"
  • Grade of "C" or better required
    • Complete list of expected competencies (pdf file)
    • HTHS 1110/1111 at WSU*
    • ZOOL 2100/2200 at WSU
    • BIOL 2320/25 and BIOL 2420/25 at SLCC, UVU, and USU.
    • Other appropriate 8 credits as documented on transcript
      • If the A&P is acceptable for ADN education it's most likely acceptable for paramedic.
  • HTHS 1115 from WSU,  BIOL 1110 from SLCC, ZOOL 1090 from UVU, and HEDU 3850 from U of U will not be accepted without WSU competency testing in both HTHS 1110 and 1111.
    • Students with non-conforming A&P from other schools may competency test ("test out") of HTHS 1110/1111 by calling 801-626-6505.

          * The Health Sciences department recommends completion of HTHS 1101 prior to HTHS 1110/1111

5)  Medical Terminology (2 credits)

  • Grade of "C" or better required
  • HTHS 1101 is suggested
  • Other 2-credit courses as documented on transcript
    • Courses taken at Bridgerland ATC DO NOT COUNT
    • Courses taken within the Applied Technology College (ATC) system require WSU competency testing for transcript documentation.
  • * The Health Sciences department recommends completion of HTHS 1101 prior to HTHS 1110/1111

 6)  Current Utah EMT, Advanced EMT (or Intermediate) along with AHA-BLS certification

  • All students must have a state certification or licensure in EMT to participate in the paramedic program. 
    • Students with NREMT certification MUST obtain state certification or licensure.
  • Copy of EMT and CPR cards must be submitted with application
  • Students wishing to certify in Utah may need to obtain reciprocity from Utah Bureau of EMS.

7)  EMT-Basic Experience

  • The Utah Bureau of EMS has relaxed the one year of experience requirement
  • Advanced EMT (Intermediate) is not required to advance to paramedic
  • One year of EMS experience or completion of PAR 1005/1006 is strongly encouraged for non-EMS agency students.
    • Please note the PAR 1005 and 1006 have the following prerequisites
      • PAR 1005 needs Med Term and 4 credits of A&P
      • PAR 1006 needs English and Math completed

8)    GPA of 2.7

  • The published GPA rquirement is 2.7
    • Students meeting this requirement recieve priority selection
    • In some years "contractual" admissions may be available for GPA's of 2.5 - 2.69        

9)    Contractual Admission

  •  "Contracts of admission" are issued on a space available basis usualy for an entrance exam score of 73/74% or a GPA of 2.5 - 2.69, but rarely both. Contracts are rarely considered for students with "C" grades in Anatomy and Physiology. 

 10) Selection Priority

  • Initial yes/no ranking of students is the 75% cut score on the entrance exam
  • Secondary ranking will utilize "overall GPA" on the transcript
  • Tertiary ranking will be to those with completed AAS degree support courses
    • MATH 1010, ENGL 1010, HTHS 2230, PSYC 1010, SOC 1020 and HLTH 3400
  • If needed additional ranking will utilize the overall grade average achieved in Anatomy and Physiology
  • Additional "tie breakers" will include entry test attempts and date of application
  • 6 slots will be held until July 1 for Fire/EMS agency sponsored students.
  • 1 slot will be held until July 1 for a qualified veteran

Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and Drug Screening:

The Utah Bureau of EMS, along with clinical and field internship agencies now require EMS students to complete Background Criminal Investigation (BCI), fingerprinting and drug screening.  While a misdemeanor or felony may not prohibit a student from attending class . . . clinical and/or field participation or the awarding of certification by the Utah Bureau of EMS / National Registry of EMT's may be compromised.  Students with questions on this topic must personally contact the Utah Bureau of EMS or the National Registry of EMT's prior to program application. Starting with the Fall 2013 class, BCI and Drug Screening will be during June and July.

Certification Exam Disability Accommodation

WSU's Paramedic Program is dedicated to providing an outstanding education to all students and will diligently work with Disability Services in providing that education.  However, prospective students should recognize that testing for certification and licensure is done by the National Registry of EMT's.  Should a student have any concerns about disability testing accommodations it is the student's responsibility to contact the National Registry, preferably prior to pursuing this course of study.  Information can be found at NREMT.ORG website.

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