Bachelor of Science - Emergency Medical Services

The UNM EMS Academy is home to New Mexico’s only Bachelor of Science program in EMS and is one of only 13 programs offering a Bachelor’s degree in EMS in the U.S.

Offered through the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, our program is one of a very few programs administered through an academic Department of Emergency Medicine. This provides our students exceptional opportunities to be mentored by Emergency Medicine faculty and residents and to participate in the day-to-day activities of a busy academic medical center.

Our curriculum was designed to teach and train paramedic leaders to be better prepared to handle the realities of a new era in prehospital medicine. By the time they leave EMSA, our graduates are excellent clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders. They have the breadth of knowledge to think independently and to push the development of EMS. The program prepares students for advanced study; many of our graduates go on to obtain advanced degrees in education and science, medicine, physician assistant studies and business.

Following the tradition of the UNM School of Medicine, our curriculum places emphasis on both the science and the humanity of prehospital medicine, throughout all four years of study. Our curriculum begins with general education, including courses in the humanities, the social sciences, and the basic sciences. These courses, including work in history, philosophy, language, and anthropology provide a critical general education. Students are then required to undertake advanced coursework in the sciences, which provides a critical framework for subsequent studies in clinical paramedicine. During the first two years of the program, students become EMT-Basics, and learn the fundamentals of prehospital medicine

Prospective students should contact the EMS Academy Academic Advisor Christina Anthony at well in advance of their intended matriculation. See Academic Advisement section below.

Students interested in the UNM EMSA’s Certificate to College Credit programs, click here.

Bachelor of Science in EMS Student Advising Sheet




The focal point of the BS in EMS program is the core paramedic training courses, which are usually undertaken in the third year of the program. Course content is based on the current Paramedic National Standard Curriculum, and the program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs. These courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty, all who have extensive backgrounds in the delivery of prehospital care. The courses include classroom and laboratory work, as well as clinical experiences in area hospitals and EMS agencies.

During the final year of the program, students undertake advanced coursework in clinical EMS, and in research and education. Students may take advanced coursework offered by the UNM Anderson School of Management, the College of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Our faculty uses a variety of teaching-learning methods to assist students in achieving program objectives, including lectures, small-group sessions and problem-based learning (PBL). UNM School of Medicine was one of the first US medical schools to introduce PBL into its curriculum, and it has since enjoyed national acclaim for its development of this innovative, interactive method of medical education.

The BS program may be started either as an incoming first-year student at UNM or as a student transferring with an associate’s degree or prior college courses. Students coming to us as licensed EMTs or Paramedics also have the ability to obtain college credits for EMS licensure.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services at UNM are eligible for university, program, and outside scholarships and financial aid. Please visit the EMS Academy Scholarships and Financial Aid page for additional details and instructions.

Academic Advisement

EMS Academy Advisor Christina Anthony is available to assist current and prospective students. Please visit the EMS Academic Advisement page for more information, or email Christina for guidance.