LP Research Resources January 22, 2018

University of Maryland-Baltimore County EMS Programs

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County EMT paramedic training program offers EMT training students the necessary courses for certification at the highest level of EMT paramedic. This program meets the standards set forth by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions.

 The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a public co-educational research university. Located in Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, its campus is in the community of Cantonsville. Established in 1966, UMBC currently has approximately 14,000 students attending annually. It grants admission to over 8,000 students every year and offers degrees in the sciences, fine arts, mathematics, computer science and engineering, and liberal arts. It is an accredited “Honors University” and ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the category of Research Universities with high research activity.

UMBC’s Department of Emergency Health Services governs the EMS certifications for students seeking a degree or certification. If successfully completed, the EHS paramedic track program will result in a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and a paramedic license.

Enrollment Prerequisites MAY include that one:

  • must have a valid driver’s license
  • have a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • must be 18 years of age
  • pass a physical examination
  • must pass a background check
  • must have current immunization records
  • must pass drug screening –  and stay drug free
  • may not have received a dishonorable military discharge
  • must have successfully completed ENG 101 or take the college placement exam and score into ENG 101
  • must hold a current CPR card

In addition to the above, for paramedic course programs a student:

  • must hold a current CPR card
  • must possess Maryland EMT-Basic or National Registry certification
  • must possess documentation of active EMS experience
  • four recommendations
  • maintain a “C” or above average in EMS previous courses
  • an affiliation with a MD fire or EMS agency (strongly encouraged)

Program Information

The UMBC Department of Emergency Health Services undergraduate studies are comprised of two tracks: Management Track and Paramedic Track.  Both tracks (programs) allow a student to obtain a B.S. in Emergency Health Services and to have an EMS education that is state accredited.

A Minor in Emergency Health Services can be obtained by completing a minimum of 18 credits. This is the Minor course program, an EMT-Basic course that is required to enter UMBC’s EMT-paramedic track program.

The school’s EHS department also requires the student seeking a paramedic track major to submit a formal application by March 31, preceding the first semester the student is eligible to take paramedic clinical courses (usually Jr. year).

The paramedic training certification program includes both didactic and clinical skill experiences. The paramedic program provides high excellence for education in the ability and science of pre-hospital advanced life support EMS care.

Once the EMT paramedic track program is completed, students will be qualified to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Examination (NREMT).

Additional Information and Requirements

Whether a new student, or transferring from another educational institution, those seeking a degree may begin the application process online.


Students entering MD paramedic courses are required to purchase malpractice insurance through the university. Other fees will be in the way of books, equipment, scrubs, and clinical uniforms which must be worn when working in the clinical and field environments.

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County also has a Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program. It is a “post graduate education” for a licensed nurse or paramedic providing training and a standardized level of care in inter-facility transport.

Contact Information

University of Maryland-Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
General Phone: (410) 455-1000