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Paramedic Science

For more complete information about prerequisite courses, the application process, and other important admission information, refer to the HPPLC [PDF File] Paramedic Science handout.

Admission GPA Statistics for SOM HPP, including Paramedic Science.

Description of the Profession

Paramedics provide emergency patient care in the pre-hospital setting. They determine the nature and extent of victims' emergencies, immobilize fractures, supply intravenous therapy, and provide other life-saving interventions for victims of acute illness or injury.


Skills and Characteristics Important to this Profession

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, empathy, ability to work quickly and make good decisions under pressure, effective interpersonal communication, ability to perform moderate to heavy lifting, and the ability to work with a team of care givers.

Description of the Indiana University Paramedic Science Programs

IU Bloomington does not offer a Paramedic Sciences (PS) program, but pre-PS students may complete the prerequisites at IUB and then transfer to IUPUI. The IU School of Medicine Health Professions Program at IUPUI offers an AS in Paramedic Sciences. The course of study requires the completion of 1 (one) year (26 - 33 cr hrs) of prerequisite work at IUB or another campus / college. Once admitted to the PS program, students complete 1 (one) year of professional work at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Prior to being admitted to the professional program, students must fulfill all preprofessional requirements.

Other Accredited Programs

For a list of accredited EMS / Paramedic Programs, please refer to the Committee on Accreditation of Education for the EMS Professions.

For a list of EMT training programs in Indiana, visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security EMS Certification > IDHS Training Opportunities > Categories > EMS Training

Additional Notes and Recommendations

HPPLC advisors strongly encourage high school and other prospective IU students who are thinking about pursuing the paramedic science degree to earn their first aid and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification during high school, or during the summer after their high school graduation. Earning at least first aid certification prior to entering college is helpful. Doing so can alleviate certain time constraints during freshman year of college. (Many hospitals, volunteer first departments, and similar sources offer first aid and EMT certification courses.)

Job Shadowing / Observation

Job shadowing / observation is the best way for you to get a first hand look at a given profession and determine whether or not it is one you wish to look into further. HPPLC advisors strongly encourage you to take advantage of any such opportunities that arise during high school; or, if you are already in college, to arrange shadowing / observation as soon as possible. Refer to the PDF document below for further shadowing / observation information.

Additional Resources

We strongly encourage you to follow the advice on the Health Professions and Prelaw Center's Human Anatomy (ANAT-A 215) Study Tips page.

If you are interested in other health professions, utilize the resources on our Other Health Professions page, which is largely designed for those exploring careers in health.

We also encourage you to sign up for the HPPLC email list associated with your program(s) of interest. Feel free to sign up for more than one list.



This information was prepared for Indiana University Bloomington students by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. Please note that specific requirements and policies can change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for obtaining the most current information directly from application and testing services, financial aid resources, and the schools and programs in which they have an interest. Refer to each program's web pages, bulletins, and other publications for the most current information. Students are responsible for understanding degree course requirements, as well as other requirements, policies, and procedures related to the degree(s) they are pursuing; for enrolling in appropriate courses; for understanding IU policies/procedures; third-party policies/procedures; and for following through properly with regard to all of the preceding.