Department of Emergency Care & Rescue
Thank you for your interest in the Weber State University EMS program. Although our core focus is Paramedic, we also offer EMT and selected continuing education courses such as Critical Care Transport. Our Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Healthcare Sciences was approved in May of 2016.
We are proud of the fact that our paramedic program has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) since 1984. Weber State was the first accredited paramedic program in Utah and one of the first in he nation.
Paramedic Student Success, Retention and Employment Rates:
CoAEMSP and CAAHEP require that all accredited institutions maintain, and make available to the public, current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments. Weber State's paramedic program exceeds all minimum thresholds and greatly surpasses national pass rate averages.
National Registry Exam Results for the period January 1, 2007, until present:
- First time National Registry Written Paramedic Pass Rate: 96%
- Second and Third Attempt National Registry Written Pass Rate: 99.6%*
-- * Two students never retested
- National Registry Skills Exam Pass Rate: 99.6%
Student Retention Rate for the last 4 academic years:
- Average retention rate is 78%
Positive Placement Rate:
The positive placement rate, as defined by CAAHEP based on graduates of the paramedic program who are reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a paramedic within twelve months of graduation, continuing their education, or serving in the military, are listed below. While exact employment numbers are difficult to obtain, all WSU graduates can find employment either in the Fire and EMS agencies, health care facilities, or continued allied health and nursing studies.
EMT Student Success Rates from December 15, 2015, to present:
First time NREMT pass rate: = 85%
Second and Third written attempt = 95%
Paramedic Program Goals as Defined by CAAHEP/CoAEMSP
The paramedic program will “prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,” with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and Advanced EMT levels.