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Western Kentucky University


Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy (KEMSA)

EMT and Paramedicine Programs

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training provides the student with the knowledge to recognize symptoms of illness and injury and to provide emergency medical care. Professionals in the field of EMS are prepared to make quick decisions based on classroom, laboratory, and field experience. Students must have a sincere desire to work with people and must be empathetic to the needs of the sick and injured. Regional EMS utilize two levels of practice, EMT-B and Paramedic, which are governed by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

The Western Kentucky University Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Your Path to a Paramedicine Career


EMT Basic

The Emergency Medical Technician Basic is the entry level position into emergency medical services (EMS).

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EMT Paramedic

The EMT-Paramedic education program at KEMSA is committed to preparing high quality individuals to be effective and compassionate paramedics.

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Associate Degree

We offer a full credit track as well as a completion track toward an Associate Degree in Paramedicine.

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 Last Modified 9/14/15