Associate Degree

The EMS degree program is designed as an option for anyone seeking a career in the EMS, fire, and/or public safety arenas. Even though a career in this field can be obtained via certificate programs, future promotion in these fields requires individuals to obtain an AS degree. Polk State’s AS degree in EMS requires successful completion of the Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technology, and Paramedic certificate programs in addition to the general education requirements. Potential employment for those trained in the EMS career tiers are available in both the public and private industries and include fire departments, non-emergency patient transportation companies, ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, industrial health and safety organizations, and various other public safety related companies or agencies. Typically, EMS professionals who have attained an AS degree, promote to work in educational, administrative, or advanced clinical settings.

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