Be Needed as a First Responder with an EMS Degree from Hodges U
If you like the idea of being on the front line of help for others, then an Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) might be for you. If you’re considering the field of EMS, where you work as a Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician, Hodges offers you the opportunity to learn in an environment that provides hands-on instruction with Instructional Technology that far exceeds tech found at state universities. Our EMS program has been designed based on the needs of hospitals, private ambulance companies, and fire departments in Naples and Fort Myers’ communities. That means, once you’ve obtained your degree, you’ll be ready to work in your field.
How do you know if this is the right pathway for you? If you like variety in your workday, enjoy working outside, like helping others, stay calm in life-changing situations, have the ability to think critically and quickly to solve a problem, are physically fit, work well in a team environment, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of emergency situations (including the good, the bad, and the ugly), this may be the right path for you.
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Get Started in EMS
Where you start depends on where you are in your Emergency Medical Services career. Our admissions staff will help you determine the best course for your EMS Degree Program based on your prior experience, prior education, and educational goals.
Hodges University’s EMS Pathway has been designed to meet you where you are and provide the foundation for you to succeed in your career goals. Our Associate of EMS program is designed around working adults and we offer the courses you need to propel you forward on-campus and online. You’ll be able to take your health science courses and traditional Associate of Science courses online. The Paramedic courses are available on-campus.
Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services
Hodges’ Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services will prepare you for entry-level positions as a Paramedic or EMT in the health care field. Additionally, our program will give you a strong foundation in liberal arts and health sciences that you’ll be able to apply immediately.
This program will teach you all you need to know to become a successful paramedic during the clinical instruction and field internship phases of the program. At Hodges, we ensure you know how to handle your first day as a Paramedic by following the U.S. Department of Transportation and EMT Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. Why? To ensure you receive direct supervised experience in local hospitals and ambulance services. You’ll be able to rotate through local clinical settings and advanced life support response units while performing the very paramedic skills you learn in our program prior to graduation. Plus, we’ll help you find a rewarding job after you sit for your state board certification or national registry examination.
Another great part about choosing Hodges for your degree is that our degrees are “stackable,” which means they work together to get you ahead faster. When you complete your Associate of Science degree at Hodges, your credits will transfer over immediately to a Bachelor’s of Science Program of your choosing. So, you’ll be able to build on the pathway that you started as you continue your education.
Careers You’ll Be Able to Pursue
The career outlook for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Emergencies, natural disasters, acts of violence, and an aging population means this educational and career path will offer you the opportunity to meet your future goals.
Some of the positions you might hold with an Associate in Science in Emergency Services from Hodges University might include Paramedic, Firefighter Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Services Operations Manager, Emergency Medical Services Sales Representative. The O*Net Details for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics gives you an idea of what to expect from a position in the emergency field. Fields where you might work include, fire-rescue departments, public and private ambulance services, aero-medical services, hospitals, and police departments.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for EMTs and Paramedics is $33,800. Depending on where you work and the number of hours in your shift, your pay may vary. We have the pathway for you to grow, advance your career, and earn more money!
While not guaranteed, with an Associate of Science Degree in EMS, you’ll be able to pursue high-paying careers including:
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – $19,924 – $49,797
- Paramedic – $30,668 – $68,899
(All wage information gathered from www.payscale.com)
You will experience the success you deserve with an Emergency Medical Services Degree from Hodges U.
Kevin Nelmes - Hodges Graduate and Adjunct Professor
Long before Kevin Nelmes discovered Hodges University and its management program, he built a 20+-year career in private security, tactical medicine, and explosive detection with working K9. Additionally, he spent 15 years working (EMS) in Southwest Florida and has taken his educational background in management and used it as a unique way to grow personally and professionally, all while continuing to help others in need.
Although much of his work remains sensitive in nature, Nelmes became accustomed to reading and tracking people, which saw him traveling to various countries throughout the world working to stop the criminal industry of human trafficking. However, after spending six years working full time and constantly traveling, life presented the opportunity for him to settle down. “I told myself, ‘I need to leave all this behind me. I want to start a family,” so I decided to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) in 2002 and a firefighter the same year”.
In 2008, Nelmes began looking for ways to upgrade his skill set, saying, “I knew I wanted to continue to teach, and as fire and EMS progressed, I knew I needed to get a baccalaureate degree in order to teach within the fire and EMS field.”
After speaking to individuals in fire/EMS and law enforcement, Nelmes learned of Dr. John Meyer, who taught management at Hodges University. Hearing positive feedback from those who enjoyed his style of teaching, Nelmes enrolled in the university’s Bachelor of Science in management (BSM) wheel program. “I chose the BSM program at Hodges University, and I can honestly say, mainly because of Dr. Meyer. It is unique in that you can steer your projects toward areas you are passionate about. There was no limitation in terms of cultivating diversity in students or application of the material,” he said. “Dr. Meyer made the material come alive; he could connect with the room, the individual and the concept at every single point. He is one of my greatest inspirations for teaching.”
As part of the BMS program, students learn about finance, evaluating human resources and human capital, and they receive an overall background in management and leadership techniques in preparation for managing a company and/or organization.
While in the program, Nelmes found himself immersed in research for various projects, one in particular that focused on the creation of a security model to be used by the canine program in Nigeria to thwart the efforts of Boko Haram through explosive detection.
Looking to broaden his reach in the canine world, he redeployed what he learned and taught from ‘the military’s lessons learned’ in Programs of Instruction (POI) format and transitioned them to select civilians, federal law enforcement, and specialized staff supporting the United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF) community, utilizing and integrating working canine medical care programs. As a result, in 2016 he was selected by Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) to become an instructor and improve its model.
Combining his professional, educational and personal experience, Nelmes spends much of his time teaching for organizations such as Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA), Urban Shield, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and the Committee for TECC/K9-TECC Working Group.
In addition, not only is he continuing to work for local fire and EMS, but he returned to his alma mater in August 2017 to serve as an adjunct faculty member and has also been referenced as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a newly written book by Robert Scali, a former United States Army Special Forces medic (18D), called “Unconventional Close Protection Training Manual.”