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Emergency Medical Services FAQ's

    Emergency Programs FAQs

    How does a degree in EMS help me?

    EMS is more and more requiring degrees for promotions and hiring. Our degree will provide you with a well rounded approach to EMS that goes beyond certification courses. We focus on a global, in-depth, approach to patient care and agency management. 

    Who do I contact?

    To schedule an advising appointment contact:

    Joanna McMinn P) 801-581-8114 or E) joanna.mcminn@hsc.utah.edu

    Additional questions contact, Program Director, Les Chatelain at uucep@utah.edu.

    Where are you located?

    Stewart Building - 270 South 1400 East, Rm 117, SLC, UT. 84112

    An interactive map of campus can be found here: https://map.utah.edu/.

    Where can I park if I am not a University of Utah student?

    For visitors lots and locations: https://commuterservices.utah.edu/parking/#visitor

    How do I get a single day parking pass?

    Parking passes are available for purchase online through University Commuter Services.

    Click here to purchase: https://commuterservices.utah.edu/parking/#visitor

    Parking is strictly enforced Monday – Friday, and Saturdays during football games. This includes school breaks and summer semester but does not include federal holidays.

    First Aid and CPR FAQs 

    What kind of first aid and CPR classes do you offer?

    A semester length first aid course, H EDU 2000. For more information on this course, click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/first-aid.php

     Once a month there is an American Heart Association (AHA) Heartcode BLS Provider level CPR skills session. This skills session is connected to the online Heartcode BLS provider course the AHA offers. To see when those are and the cost click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/cpr.php

     We also have several first aid and CPR options for groups, businesses, and organizations. For more information on scheduling a class for your group, business, or organization click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/training/first-aid-cpr.php

    *Open enrollment community first aid classes are currently not offered.

    What is a Heartcode BLS provider skills session?

    The Heartcode BLS provider skills sessions is the skills component of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) online Heartcode BLS provider course. This course is a mixed class where all the lecture is done online at your convenience.  Once the online portion has been successfully completed, students must schedule to attend a skills session to complete certification. For more information on the AHA’s Heartcode BLS provider course, please see their web page: https://elearning.heart.org/course/21

    For more information on the Heartcode BLS provider skills session, please click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/cpr.php

     How much does it cost to get CPR certified?

    The Heartcode BLS provider skills sessions are $35. The American Heart Association Heartcode online lecture portion is $28.50 paid directly to the American Heart Association. For more information, click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/cpr.php

    How do I register for a CPR class?

    Registration is available through Umarket. Click here: https://umarket.utah.edu/um2/uucep/productlist.php?category=5&storecookie=1

    My group, business, or organization would like first aid and/or CPR training. What classes do you offer?

    A variety of Certification and non-certification first aid/CPR classes are available. Along with tailored content to meet your needs and time restraints. For more information, click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/training/first-aid-cpr.php 

    How do I renew my first aid certification?

    First aid challenge courses or renewals are NOT offered. The H EDU 2000, First Aid and CPR course is an option for certification.

    How do I recertify/renew my CPR certification?

    To recertify or renew your CPR certification, you must retake the class. The Heartcode BLS Provider skills session in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Heartcode BLS provider online course is available.

    For more information on the AHA’s Heartcode BLS provider course, please see their web page: https://elearning.heart.org/course/21

    For more information in the Heartcode BLS provider skills session, please click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/cpr.php

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions specific for the University of Utah EMT course

    What is an EMT?

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the entry level to emergency medical service and may work in a variety of urban and rural settings. This EMT course focuses specifically on preparing students to work on an ambulance. EMT certification is required prior to attending Paramedic school. For more information on EMT classes click here,

    https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/training/ems/faqs.php

    All of our EMT classes are open to the public. You do not need to be a degree-seeking student at the University of Utah to take the class. EMT courses are 120 – 160 hours in length.

    When does the EMT class meet?

    EMT classes are offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Class meets several days each week for 4-5 hours. EMT courses are 120 – 160 hours in length. For more information, click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/emt.php

    What is an AEMT?

    Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) will learn pathophysiology and anatomy associated with injuries and illnesses along with advanced skills including IV medication administration, injections, and advanced airway management. Eligibility for enrollment requires the completion of an EMT course.

    AEMT courses are 120-150 hours in length. For more information, click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/emt.php

    When does the AEMT class meet?

    The AEMT class is offered fall and spring semesters following the University schedule. The class meets two days each week for 4 hours. For more information on the class and schedules, please click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/emt.php

    Can I take the EMT class if I am not a student?

    EMT and AEMT classes are open to non-students/community members. For more information on how to register, when the courses are offered, and the cost click here: https://continue.utah.edu/noncredit/health

    How do I recertify my EMT or AEMT?

    The state of Utah utilizes the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) requirements for recertification of EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics. Certifications are valid for 2 years. For more information on recertification requirements, please visit the NREMT web site here: https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/recertification

    Beginning in 2020, we will be offering an all-inclusive recertification service. The EMS Recertification Program includes training officer services, all required continuing education, skills verification, etc. to individuals seeking a comprehensive solution to maintaining any level of EMS certification. For additional information about the EMS Recertification Program, please click here: https://health.utah.edu/health-kinesiology-recreation/health/uucep/classes/training-officers.php

    What CPR certifications work for the EMT and AEMT course?

    The state of Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness has provided an approved course list for BLS provider courses. The list can be found here: https://site.utah.gov/bemsp/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/bemsp_approved_course_list.pdf

    Paramedic FAQs

    What is a Paramedic?

    A paramedic is the highest certification level in emergency medical services. You must be certified as an EMT or AEMT to attend paramedic school. Paramedic school builds on the knowledge and experience from the previous levels of certification. A paramedic is able to administer several different medications beyond what an AEMT is able to. They are also able to perform more advanced skills including heart rhythm identification. Paramedic courses are 1200 – 1800 hours in length.

    Most paramedic programs require pre-requisites. These are university level courses in Math, Writing, Medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. 

    The university of Utah does not offer a paramedic course. We have an academic affiliation with Weber State University. Students who have been accepted into the EMS degree are able to attend the Weber State program.

    For non-EMS degree seeking students you can find more information on paramedic programs from the individual schools:

    Weber State University

    Utah Valley University

    Dixie State University

    Bridgerland Technical College

    I want to be a paramedic. Where should I start?

    To become a paramedic, you must first become an EMT. You can then choose to go through the an AEMT course or Paramedic school. Gaining experience as an EMT and/or an AEMT prior to paramedic school is beneficial.

    How much does the EMT and AEMT courses at the University of Utah cost?

    The cost varies depending on how you are registered. If you are enrolled as a student at the University of Utah the tuition cost is for 9 credit hours for the EMT and 6 for the AEMT. Tuition costs can be found here: https://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/.

    If you are a community student taking the course for no credit, the cost can be found here: https://continue.utah.edu/noncredit/health

    Textbook, application, and testing fees are not included in tuition. 

    Is the paramedic course offered on the University of Utah campus?

    The University of Utah does not offer a paramedic course. Instead we have an academic affiliation with Weber State University. Students who have been accepted into the EMS degree are able to attend the Weber State program.

    For non-EMS degree seeking students you can find more information on paramedic programs from the individual schools:

    Weber state University

    Utah Valley University

    Dixie State University

    Bridgerland Technical College

    Contact Us

    Center for Emergency Programs

    Stewart Building room 117
    Phone: 801-581-4512
    Fax: 801-585-3646
    Email: UUCEP@utah.edu
    Mailing Address: 270 S 1400 E room 117 
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84112