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EMS Academy at WKU offering credit, noncredit options for EMT programs

The Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy (KEMSA) at WKU is now offering credit and noncredit options for EMT-Paramedic and EMT-Basic programs.

KEMSA Director Lee Brown said while both options provide the same EMT training, each offers advantages.

The noncredit option is less expensive and students do not have to take a college entrance exam or wait for admission to college, she said.

The credit option allows students to earn credits toward a future degree, earn credentials while pursing a degree and apply for financial aid, Brown said. Students can complete a degree they’ve already started or opt to begin and complete an associate’s degree in paramedicine, she said.

Classes for both the basic and parademic tracts are scheduled to begin at the end of August.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training provides the student with the knowledge to recognize symptoms of illness and injury and to provide emergency medical care. Regional EMS systems utilize two levels of practice, EMT-B and Paramedic, which are governed by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

More information about the programs is available from the KEMSA website or by contacting Sharon Woodward in Continuing Education at (270) 745-1910 or the KEMSA office at (270) 745-5865.

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