Paramedicine Department

The Bachelor of Science in paramedicine degree program is designed to develop a bachelor prepared paramedic that is ready to meet the needs of the profession. The program has specific emphasis areas to prepare the paramedic for a career in fire service-based paramedicine, paramedic education, healthcare administration, public health, criminal justice or independent study. Students who wish to pursue a graduate medical degree in order to become a physician or physician assistant can select a minor in pre-medical sciences. Students are eligible for one of two tracks and then have a choice of either an emphasis or a minor in pre-medical sciences or other approved minor by the department.

Traditional Student Track – This track is for students who have no previous paramedic training and are receiving initial paramedicine education and training in order to be eligible for licensure as a paramedic. Students in this track will complete prerequisite courses during their first years in the program, and then apply to the upcoming paramedic cohort by the department specified deadline. Once accepted into the paramedic cohort, students will follow a prescribed sequence of courses.

Experienced Medic Track – This track is for licensed paramedics or military medics who wish to continue their paramedic education at the baccalaureate level. Experienced medics must have a current state paramedic license, or National Registry paramedic certification, or documented training and two years full time equivalent experience as a United States Military Medic. Military Medics without a current state paramedic license or National Registry paramedic certification must have current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification or current state EMT licensure. These military medics must complete an accelerated paramedic program on campus, Military Transition Paramedic program at Lindenwood University that will provide eligibility to apply for National Registry Paramedic certification.

Additional non-academic requirements for students participating in paramedicine courses with a clinical component, the fire academy or the police academy include obtaining and maintaining American Heart Association Healthcare Provider certification, successful completion of a criminal background check, a negative drug screening (which must be passed the first time) and a physical examination indicating the ability to meet the functional job requirements for a paramedic, firefighter, or police officer. Students will also be required to show proof of appropriate immunizations.