Thank you for your interest in the University of South Alabama’s Emergency Medical Services certificate and degree programs. At USA EMS Education, the vast majority of our courses are offered each semester and we have no waiting list. Our Paramedic Certificate program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters. The first semester is EMT Basic, the second is Advanced EMT, and the following three are Paramedic courses. We look forward to having you join our program.
Your first step as a prospective student is to complete an application for admission to the University of South Alabama. After that, you will need to request all transcripts from high school or other colleges be sent to USA by following the directions as outlined by the Admissions Department. You may apply online for a fee of $35.00 by visiting USA’s Admissions website at: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/admissions/index.html.
Once you have been accepted as a student, you will need to fill out, complete and return the required documentation and paperwork as discussed below. Our EMS Student Paperwork Packet is available for download at the bottom of this page. The packet includes a checklist of entry requirements, also seen below. The documents listed on the checklist are required and must be submitted to our department in order to meet with an advisor and register for courses.
The following items must be turned in to Lindsey Johnston, the student secretary, before an advising appointment is scheduled. Each item must be checked off, and her signature is required at the bottom of this page. Once all documentation requirements are met, each student must then complete a Drug and Background check, which is a Federal requirement. Following the completion of all entry requirements, the student will be scheduled for advisement and will be enrolled into classes.
- Hepatitis B series: Student must have started the first of three shots. The second is required 30 days after the first, and the third is due 6 months afterwards. Students must turn in immunization updates as they are received. If your HEP B series was taken more than 10 years ago you must have a titer drawn. If your titer is negative you must begin the HEP B series again.
- Varicella Zoster: Varicella Zoster is the immunization for Chicken Pox. You must show proof of the Varicella Zoster vaccine or a positive titer. Varicella Zoster titers are accepted regardless of the date.
- MMR: MMR record is required. MMR is usually a childhood immunization. If you do not you’re your childhood record of MMR you must have a titer drawn. If your titer is negative you must get an MMR booster.
- Tetanus, TDAP or DPT: Must have a Tetanus shot that is less than 10 years old.
- Current FLU/H1N1: Must have a FLU shot that is less than 1 year old. Flu shots are required yearly while in our program. Keep in mind that FLU shots are only available during certain months. If your FLU shot will expire and you will be taking courses in semesters which are not during FLU season you must get the FLU shot while available in order to take courses for the remainder of the year. If you are a new incoming student to our department without a current FLU shot and it is not FLU season, please notify Lindsey Johnston. The Student Health Department on campus, as well as Mobile Walgreen’s locations, is working with our department to keep FLU shots for our students year round.
- Negative TWO-STEP TB skin test: Two-step TB Skin test is administered then read 48-72 hours later. You must then have another reading 7 days later. If you know you are prone to false positive TB tests, please bring documentation of a clear Chest XRAY. Two-step TB skin test are required yearly in our program.
- Photo I.D. (Driver’s License or Student Visa): Must remain current. If your driver’s license expires you must turn in a new copy.
- Current Health Insurance Card: You must maintain health insurance throughout the duration of our program. We must have a copy on file. If your insurance changes you must submit a new card at that time. If your health coverage status changes for any reason, you must immediately notify Lindsey Johnston and Scotty McArthur. Student Health Insurance is available for purchase each semester at USA’s Student Health Department.
- Current AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers Certification or Red Cross CPR PRO only: You must maintain active CPR certification throughout the duration of our program. If your card is expiring, you must renew and turn in a new certification card. AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers is offered in our department on the first Monday of each month for a $40.00 fee. You must register and pay in advance to reserve your place in the class. Classes are usually from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. See our department’s front desk receptionist for registration.
- Signed Student Paperwork Packet
- Drug & Background Screening: Drug and background screening are done through Certifiedbackground.com using Code NV61. See the Student Welcome letter for step-by-step instructions on how to complete this screening process.
Please see the following additional information:
- For the required background and drug screening:
- Go to Certifiedbackground.com
- Enter program code NV61
- Complete and submit background portion of screening
- Within 24-48 hours you will receive an email from certifiedbackground.com authorizing you to go for your drug screening. Print the letter attached to the email and take it to the lab listed for testing.
- All results are automatically forwarded to our department
- The cost for the drug and background screening is $75.00
- You must currently have or obtain at this time CPR certification via American Heart Association’s CPR for Healthcare Providers or Red Cross CPR PRO. No other CPR certifications are accepted by our program. You must maintain active CPR certification throughout the duration of our program. If your card is expiring, you must renew and turn in a new certification card. AHA CPR for Healthcare Providers is offered in our department on the first Monday of each month for a $40.00 fee. You must register and pay in advance to reserve your place in the class. Classes are usually from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. See our department’s front desk receptionist for registration.
- In addition to your classroom hours, EMT Basic students will complete Clinical Internship hours (rotations). Each student will complete two shifts of eight hours each in the Emergency Room at a USA affiliated hospital and two shifts of twelve hours each with an ambulance service. If you are enrolling in the Advanced, Intermediate or Paramedic program you clinical internship hours will be different. These will be discussed with you by your advisor.
- Additional required costs (approximate pricing) are as follows:
- Textbook for Basic EMT students only: Pre-hospital Emergency Care 10th edition (ISBN# 0133369137) $120.00
- Internship Field Guide $5.50
- Uniform shirt and patches: available at Leo’s Uniform Shop in Mobile $35.00
- National Registry Exam Fee $70.00
- Clinical uniform: all students will wear our department’s clinical uniform on their scheduled lab days and while representing our department during clinical internship hours. The uniform consists of our blue student uniform shirt and patches (see details above), black or navy pants, black socks, and black non-skid shoes.
- National Registry Exam: At the completion of each semester our students who have successfully passed the courses at their level will schedule and take the National Registry Exam. Upon passing the exam students can apply for their state license at the level of completion. National Registry Exams are taken after the Basic EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic semesters.
Further questions will be answered in your New/Transfer Student Orientation session OR advising appointment. Students who are required to register for an Orientation Session by the university DO NOT need to schedule an additional advising as you will meet with advisors at your orientation.
To turn in the required documentation for advising and entry into the program, you may do so by emailing the information to Lindsey Johnston, Student Records Secretary, at email@example.com. You may also fax the items to 251-461-1823 or you may bring the items in person to our department at 600 Clinic Drive, Suite 400, Mobile, AL 36688. As soon as you have turned in all required documents an advising appointment will be scheduled for you. If you have other questions not addressed in this packet you may call our office at 251-461-1832.
If you are interested in bachelor’s courses, or are an existing Paramedic interested in pursuing a bachelor’s in EMS please contact Jason Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ronald Morgan at email@example.com.
Current EMS license holders: Current National Registry certification and State of Alabama EMT, Advanced EMT, or Intermediate license is required for admission to all levels of our program higher than the Basic EMT program. If you are an out-of-state EMS license holder or transferring from a non-National Registry state, please contact David Garmon for Alabama EMS licensure requirements. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOBET V: HOBET V exam score of 60 or above is required of all students before they are permitted to enroll in the Paramedic program. National Registry Advanced EMT/Intermediate certification and State of Alabama Advanced EMT/Intermediate license is also required to enroll in the Paramedic program. Click for HOBET V information.
International students must submit a TOEFL score of 80 or above before entry to the EMS program will be approved. The IELTS exam will not be used as an admission requirement to the Department of EMS Education.
Once you get those documents, you can schedule a time to turn them in to our secretary, Lindsey Johnston. Once you have cleared the background check, then you will be allowed to schedule your advising session.
Advising Packets can be downloaded here: