Starting fall 2019, Mercy College of Health Sciences will offer online courses for the paramedic certificate and Associate of Science in emergency medical services (ASEMS) degree. In addition to the new online class options, the expansion of these programs will include more flexible face-to-face options for students during the day, evening, and weekend. The new program formats will also include local and remote face-to-face skills labs throughout Iowa.
Upon completion of the paramedic certificate, students may take additional credits to earn an ASEMS degree, which will also have online course alternatives available.
“It’s going to be a game-changer for folks who just don’t have the time to attend courses face-to-face. We want to educate everyone who is interested in becoming a paramedic. By adding online and more flexible options, Mercy College will help make that possible for more people,” David Filipp, EMS Program Chair, stated.
Last year, Mercy College announced a program to shorten the path to the Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) degree for certified paramedics by recognizing common content areas between the two professions and providing course credit for these commonalities. In addition to the Paramedic to BSN program, Mercy College offers two other paramedic transition programs: the Military Medic to Civilian Paramedic and the Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.
"The addition of an online option for students seeking paramedic certification adds additional flexibility for students. Virtually all of the classroom-based courses for the Associate of Science in EMS degree can also be completed online. This demonstrates our commitment to the success of our students by providing the format of classes they need to fit their busy lives," Filipp said.
Mercy College was the first nationally accredited paramedic program in Iowa. The EMS program prepares paramedics in a variety of hospital, clinic, and ambulance service-based care settings. Mercy College has provided EMS education in central Iowa for over 30 years and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Mercy College is currently enrolling students in the paramedic certificate and ASEMS programs for fall 2019. The deadline to apply is July 15th. To apply and learn more about the Mercy College EMS programs, visit www.mchs.edu/EMS.
About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide-range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Mercy College’s liberal arts and sciences education develops compassionate caregivers and leaders. Visit www.mchs.edu or call (515) 643-3180 to learn more.