EMT at the back of an ambulance

Welcome to the Emergency Medical Services programs. We know that working adult students need classes with a flexible schedule to balance their professional, personal, and educational responsibilities. In order to meet this need, all courses are conducted online and offered in a flexible, asynchronous format. This setup provides a convenient option for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue the program and prepare for professional advancement while continuing their professional and personal commitments.

We offer two options for our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs: a standard undergraduate degree and a dual degree program. For current GW students, we have a secondary field of study option, similar to a minor.

Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS)

We are not accepting admissions to this program at this time.

The online MSHS in Emergency Medical Services Leadership is designed to provide advanced management education in an environment that encourages students to extend their leadership capabilities. The program is focused on developing a range of leadership competencies with a focused application in strategic EMS systems management, leadership in organizations including theory, research and practice, economics, finance, educational theory pertinent to teaching and curriculum development.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) - Standard

Emergency Medical Services Management (EMSM) prepares emergency medical service providers for management, educational and leadership roles as initial supervisors, mid-level managers, and administrators.

This program allows the student to develop a depth of knowledge in a growing discipline that is at the intersection of public health, public safety, and health care. EMS Management encompasses emergency preparedness, incident management, deployment, disaster planning and response, special operations, illness and injury prevention, homeland security, and leadership.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS/MSHS) - Dual Degree

Emergency Medical Services students study up-to-date information on issues, theories and practices in emergency medicine, and investigate EMS’s role among other medical disciplines. Most courses have an applied project where the student role play as managers or administrators and handle a complex current issue. Students take core courses in the health sciences covering issues, trends and topics in health care systems, enterprises and leadership. Emergency systems management coursework focuses on response to high-impact emergencies, analysis of systems, the legal, regulatory and public information aspects of emergency management and strategic emergency management.

This multi-level dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the BSHS in Emergency Medical Services Management and the MSHS in Clinical Management and Leadership.

Secondary Field of Study (GW Undergraduates only)

The secondary field of study is intended to provide knowledge within the field of Emergency Medical Services including the unique challenges of EMS management, systems and operation. EMS offers clinical and research courses that can be part of a secondary field of study for GW students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Physician - Led Courses

Emergency Medical Services is committed to training the next generation of health care professionals. As such we offer a number of physician-lead undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of health care fields. These courses may be taken as electives to augment programs of study across the University, with prior Academic Advisor approval.

Paramedic Refresher Course

This course classroom discussions and practical exercises are facilitated by senior EMS professionals and practicing physicians specializing in emergency medicine, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, and critical care medicine. This course meets the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) requirements for all Mandatory and Flexible Core Content. It also meets the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Category 1 requirements to recertify.