Emergency Medical Services (BSEMS)

Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Emergency Medical Services (BSEMS) combines a broad liberal arts education with comprehensive paramedic instruction. Alongside traditional coursework, you’ll participate in nearly a year of clinical immersion and direct patient care. You’ll work with local fire departments and ambulance services, and various clinical units within area hospitals.

If you have a desire to work in a fast-paced emergency environment, want to gain hands-on paramedic education and hope to lay the groundwork for a fulfilling career in health care and public service, then getting your degree in emergency medical services is the perfect option for you.

Creighton’s EMS education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Our program was one of the first professional EMS education programs in the nation. If you want to be a leader in the field, consider getting your degree in EMS from Creighton University.


Set yourself up for a successful career.

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent by 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. While EMTs and paramedics have been, and will continue to be, the backbone of our nation’s 911 rescue system, many exciting new opportunities exist for career growth. Recognized experts are sorely needed across the nation, especially in the following areas:

  • EMS service providers
  • EMS education
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Community health training
  • Public health initiatives
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Primary and community-based care
  • Emergency department care
  • Critical care transportation

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2017

Graduates who receive current paramedic certification qualify for employment in fire/rescue departments, private ambulance services, flight services, hospitals, emergency care centers and industrial organizations. Additionally, graduates may pursue careers in education, management of EMS systems, quality assurance coordination, emergency preparedness, public relations representation for medical services organizations, industrial health services and community health education.

The hands-on paramedic training also uniquely prepares graduates for further study at the post-baccalaureate level. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program commonly go on to attain advanced degrees in medicine and pursue careers as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses and other types of health care professionals.


The bachelor’s degree in EMS offers a clinical track, a pre-nursing track, and pre-med track. See curriculum below for detailed information on each plan of study.

What You'll Learn

  • EMS tools and techniques
  • Direct patient care
  • The most current advancements in EMS
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Decision-making skills


Student Organizations

  • Emergency Medical Services Club

    A gathering of students with interests in emergency medical professions who wish to use our knowledge, ethics, resources and leadership skills to give the general public, especially our peers, a better understanding of basic lifesaving techniques and procedures in case the worst should ever befall them or those close to them.

Tuition & Scholarships

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program

If you see graduate school in your future, why not start sooner? Get a head start on your MS in Emergency Medical Services while finishing up your bachelor’s degree.

Learn how to save a year of time and tuition through our Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

State Licensure Requirements

Creighton University, EMS Education program, conducts EMS courses with curricula based on the current United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National EMS Education Standards and Guidelines. Learn more.

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