College Degrees in EMS

Your future is coming. You can only walk this road in one direction. Where is your road leading you right now? Do you know?

EMS is one of those lingering medical professions that still don’t require a college degree for entry at the basic level. It’s also a profession where individuals who enter can sometimes feel stuck. (Yes…those two concepts are related.) Should we encourage new EMTs and paramedics to pursue an advanced degree in…something? It seems like the college degree topic is all-the-rage right now on EMS forums, social media and blogs.

Just about every month, someone on EMT City starts a debate over the arguable usefulness of having a college degree. EMS1 and EMS World have both recently published on the topic. From LinkedIn to Facebook, the advantages and disadvantages of EMTs becoming more educated is the social media topic of the hour. Sooner or later, it seems that every podcast, comment thread and forum discussion becomes a discussion about advancing our profession through higher educational requirements.

And what about you? Have you considered furthering your education?

If you’re on the fence about taking the first steps to getting your college degree, let me give you a few compelling reasons why you might want to get started right now. Then allow me to give you a piece of advice.

1) Our industry began moving toward requiring advanced degrees about a decade ago. If you missed that trend, take a look at the requirements for the entry level managerial positions at your organization right now. Chances are, they require (or at least prefer) a college degree. Whatever your particular next step might be, chances are, it requires a college degree.

2) Having a college level education is an investment in your self and your future. We often avoid taking the step of furthering our education because of a host of misconceptions about the time, money and hassle involved in pursuing a college degree. Your degree is a valuable stepping stone that will open your future. Education is your investment in yourself.

3) Today, online resources make getting a college degree easier than it has ever been. In the age of information, most folks with even the most basic computer set-up can achieve a degree on their own time without ever attending a campus.

Lastly, I’d like to say that moving toward a college degree is a personal decision that is different for every individual. Right now, I’m guessing that you don’t know enough about what your personal road to a college degree might look like. Online college education is a personalized road and yours might not look like any other. But there are people out there that can tell you exactly what your road might look like.

  • You may want to become a flight medic
  • You may be looking for a fire science degree
  • You may have questions about online paramedic to RN programs
  • You may want to transition into EMS management
  • You may be looking toward an alternate profession like journalism or finance

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My advice is go to The College Network and connect with one of their representatives right now. (They will discuss your personal situation and what your educational next steps might look like. They can answer your questions about types of degrees, cost and schedules. It may be one for the best career decisions you ever make.

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  1. CavMedic says:

    I’ve talked with a representative and the only thing I really dislike about TCN is that it can not be paid for by the GI Bill so for all you vets out there, unless you have plenty of spending money, the TCN is not for you. I am thinking about still using Excelsior because that seems like a great online college with pretty decent looking clinicals for their ASN degree. Which I have heard some other online programs have some pretty sad clinicals where you are pretty much being used as a chaperone for kids or something along those lines.

    The program itself looks pretty nice and they have a guarantee pass rate for all of their exams and if you don’t pass they pay for your test and pay for a personal tutor until you do pass. I think I would be able to do it all on my own and I don’t think I would need my hand held the entire time but maybe some people struggle with all the information and it is nice for people that have families and can’t dedicate themselves to being full time students.

    Like all schools/programs they have their pros and cons. I did like TCN’s free consultant who actually came to my department and talked to a group of us interested in their Paramedic to RN program and had plenty of answers for our questions. Though the program isn’t for me it might be for someone else.

  2. Steve Whitehead says:

    Thanks for the additional info CavMedic. I could see the GI bill issue being a major issue. If you’ve put it the service to merit those benefits, I can imagine that you’d want to pursue an educational avenue that allows you use those benefits.
    It seems like one of the biggest hurdles is just getting people to take the first step and get the information. It’s something few of us know anything about. I’m glad you agree that the TCN advisers are informative and helpful. I think if people would just make that move and ask the questions, they would eventually pursue a degree. (Through TCN or otherwise.)

  3. I’m currently an EMT and plan to go to medic once I have a few years of experience. One of the questions I have been wrestling with is whether or not to do the bridge into RN from medic. Even if I do enjoy medic more, RN pays much better for only a year (assuming there are no prerequisites you haven’t done) more school, most of which will be clinicals based on what I know ad would be a fantastic backup. While right now I have no great desire to do anything on the chopper, where I live they require so many years of medic and RN experience before they even consider your application for flight