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Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science EMSFO.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 64 - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Emergency Medical Services
Effective as of Fall 2021

This associate degree, though not required for entry level positions, may allow individuals to have higher earning potential and responsibilities within the fire service or expand opportunities that exist within other allied health fields.

What is the program about?

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fire Science option is designed to augment the skills of the practicing paramedic. Paramedics are challenged with a variety of courses to increase their skill sets in fire technical areas. Students will gain experience from currently practicing paramedics, fire fighters and managers. This degree allows students to capitalize on their paramedic education, positioning themselves for advancement within the fire service. A grade of C or better is required in all technical-level courses. Interested students should contact the EMS offices at (937) 512-5338 or contact an academic adviser. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll. This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

Program Outcomes

  • Discuss the behaviors of people when dealing with public service emergencies. Include characteristics related to EMS and fire and reflect on local, regional and historical perspectives.
  • Describe how EMS operates within a fire service model: Include characteristics of crew configurations, job duties, job satisfaction, cross training and delivery of health care services.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competency in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of paramedic education.

Career Opportunities

Careers with the fire service are beginning to change. Most departments will not require a degree for an entry level position. But departments are beginning to acknowledge the degree and give some preference for those entry level applicants with degrees. It is clear that to advance or get promotions with the fire services, degrees are needed.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • EMS 1150 AND EMS 1155


The EMT, paramedic, and professional firefighter certificates are embedded within this degree. Successful students within the specific courses for the EMT, paramedic, and professional firefighting programs will be eligible to sit for state certification testing and eventually become licensed / certified as EMTs, paramedics and firefighter II. No other licensure or certificate requirements exist within this degree.


Course Title Credits
BIO 1121 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) OR BIO 1141 (Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I) 3 - 4
COM 2211 (Effective Public Speaking) OR COM 2206 (Interpersonal Communication) 3
EMS 1150 Emergency Medical Technician: Lecture 5
EMS 1155 Laboratory for Emergency Medical Technician 2
EMS 2100 Applied Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology for Emergency Medical Services Provider 3
EMS 2105 Paramedic 1: Lecture 2
EMS 2110 Paramedic 1: Laboratory 2
EMS 2125 Paramedic 2: Lecture 5
EMS 2130 Paramedic 2: Laboratory 2
EMS 2135 (Paramedic 2: Clinical) OR EMS 2136 (Paramedic 2a: Clinical) AND EMS 2137 (Paramedic 2b: Clinical) 2
EMS 2150 Paramedic 3: Lecture 5
EMS 2155 Paramedic 3: Laboratory 2
EMS 2160 Paramedic 3: Clinical 1
EMS 2175 Paramedic 4: Lecture 2
EMS 2180 Paramedic 4: Field Experience 1
EMS 2200 Paramedic 5: Integration / Refresher Lecture 2
EMS 2205 Paramedic 5: Integration / Refresher Laboratory 1
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
FST 1102 (Firefighter I ) AND FST 1103 (Firefighter II Transition ) AND FST 1442 (Emergency Vehicle Operator) OR FST 1104 (Firefighter II ) AND FST 1442 (Emergency Vehicle Operator) 12
MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

The certificates within the degree meet accreditation standards. The EMT certificate meets the Ohio Division of EMS accreditation standards. The Paramedic certificate meets the Ohio Division of EMS and the CoAEMSP accreditation standards. The professional firefighting program is in compliance with all appropriate state laws/ rules.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.