Paramedic Science

About the paramedic science major

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), both basic and paramedic, care for people at the scene of emergencies and transport them to hospitals or other health care institutions. They determine the nature and the extent of victims’ medical and trauma-related emergencies and provide initial emergency care. EMT paramedics administer medications, supply intravenous therapy, perform heart monitoring, and provide other lifesaving interventions for the victims of acute illness or injury until they reach a medical facility.

Skills and abilities this major develops: critical thinking, problem solving, oral communication, teamwork, cultural competency, knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, professionalism, and emergency management.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Human anatomy
  • The paramedic and cardiology
  • Paramedic as team leader
  • Pharmacology for the paramedic
  • Social problems
  • Techniques laboratory I and II

Possible careers

  • EMT-paramedic
  • Flight paramedic
  • Health educator*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Trauma nurse*

*These careers require additional education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Fire departments
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Police departments
  • Private ambulance services

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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