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Admission Requirements, Application, and Costs

The application period has closed. Please refer to the sections below for more information.
Download the Application here.

Please be sure to open the application in an Adobe product and not an internet browser. Also, please be sure to read through the entire packet before completing it.

Core Paramedic Program Admission Requirements

  • Applicants offered acceptance into the program must complete all EHS paramedic concentration lower-division requirements with a grade of “C” or higher before being admitted into the Paramedic Program. These include:
    • Concepts of Emergency Health Services (EHS 200/200Y)
    • English Composition (ENGL 100)
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 100)
    • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 285)
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 121 or STAT 350)
    • Concepts of Biology (BIOL 101 or BIOL 141)
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab (BIOL 251/251L)
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2 with lab (BIOL 252/252L)
    • General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 101 or CHEM 123)
    • General Chemistry 2 with lab (CHEM 102/102L or CHEM 124/124L)
  • Candidates must also possess:
    • Valid Maryland EMT certification or valid EMT certification from another state (NREMT and provisional are not accepted)
    • Documentation of 100 patient contacts as a certified EMT
    • Current grade point average of 2.5

Additional Requirements if Admitted

    • Paramedic concentration students must purchase malpractice insurance through the university.
    • Paramedic concentration students must purchase scrubs and clinical uniforms from the department while engaged in clinical and field experience.
      • Other fees and costs may be associated with participation in clinical and field training.
    • Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical and field experience sites.
    • Personal health insurance coverage is strongly recommended.
    • Acceptable verification of the status of physical health and immunizations
    • Actively engaged in patient care with a Maryland fire or EMS agency is STRONGLY encouraged.

Application Information

EHS paramedic concentration majors MUST submit a formal application to the paramedic track preceding the first semester that the student is eligible to take paramedic clinical courses. All second-year EHS students in the paramedic track will receive an email with the application attached or download it below. 

Individuals interested in the paramedic program are encouraged to contact the Paramedic Program Director to discuss their eligibility for admission into the program. They are encouraged to download and review the application as it contains much of the information regarding the program’s requirements. 

This year, the deadline for submission of the completed application is March 2, 2021. 

In addition to the application, the packet must also  be accompanied by:
  • Documentation of any EMS/fire experience
  • Copies of all fire and EMS certifications, including a current CPR (BCLS) certification and any instructorships
  • EMT call volume verification
  • A personal statement
  • A reference list to include four individuals who can attest to character and professional abilities
  • A statement identifying any incomplete prerequisites and how applicants will achieve them by the first day of class
  • Official transcripts from all college or university programs
    • An unofficial transcript from myUMBC is acceptable from current UMBC students.
    • A current and cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for application into the program.
  • Verification of a background investigation and drug screening.
    • The program reserves the right to require drug screening before or at any point in the program.

The application package, including the academic record, will be reviewed by a selection committee. We base the final selection of students for admittance into the program on their interviews, their ability to complete any remaining credit hours of EHS paramedic concentration lower-division requirements before the beginning of the first semester of paramedic clinical courses, and the student’s previous emergency care experiences. 

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will receive an invite to attend the virtual interview day on April 3, 2021. Applicants who are not eligible will receive a notification via email. All applications and materials submitted will become the property of UMBC, and the return of these materials will not occur. There are no refunds for the background and drug screenings.

***Applicants with a misdemeanor or felony convictions should contact the program director before applying.

Currently, the application period has closed, and the application is no longer available online. The application for our next cohort to begin in Fall 2022 will be available in January 2022. In the meantime, if you are interested in the program, please reach out to our program director

Download the 2021 Paramedic Application here: Paramedic Application 2021 Fillable Form

Please be sure to open the application in an Adobe product and not an internet browser. Also, please be sure to read through the entire packet before completing it.

Admittance to the Core Paramedic Program

Once all application materials are received and reviewed, applicants who meet the GPA requirements will be offered to participate in the interview and testing process, which entails interviewing with five pairs of interviewers, who are a mixture of current students and alumni. Each panel will pose several prewritten questions or scenarios and note the answers provided by the candidate. Candidates will also be required to take an EMT and a mathematics exam.

All of the information gained through the application process will be reviewed and scored. From this information, the selection committee will provide their recommendation to the faculty about which candidates they feel will be successful in our program. Within one to two weeks, candidates will receive notification as to if they have been granted admittance, granted conditional admittance in the instance of incomplete prerequisites, or declined admission to the program. If accepted into the core program, incoming students will be required to attend an orientation session held in early May.

Advanced Placement

The UMBC EHS Paramedic Concentration does not offer Advanced Placement, such as RN to Paramedic.

Transfer of Credit

The UMBC EHS Paramedic Concentration does not accept core paramedic courses from other institutions. It does waive EHS 202 and EHS 203 (EMT) for those students coming into the program who already possess a valid EMT certification. Transfer credit of EHS 202 and 203 and other courses are available through the Registrar’s Office.

Experiential Learning

The UMBC EHS Paramedic Concentration does not award credit based upon experience.

Program Costs 2021–2022

All costs subject to change

Tuition and Fees

Refer to the UMBC 2020-2021 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance website


NREMT                                                                                               $152

NR Practical                                                                                       $75


PALS                                                                                                    $40

ITLS                                                                                                     $25

ACLS                                                                                                    Included

Digital Resources

FISDAP                                                                                                 $230

LC Ready                                                                                             $38.99

Textbooks (New Prices)

            Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets 8th Edition          $366.95

Pharmacology for the Prehospital Professional                                  $98.95

Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation                              $165.95

12-Lead ECG Art of Interpretation                                                        $140.75

            AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support                                                  $79.00

            AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support                                                $56.75

            International Trauma Life Support                                                       $80.00

Uniforms and Required Equipment

            Scrub top, Scrub bottom, Program Polo shirt                                     $76

                        Prices vary by size

            Approved EMS footwear (boots/shoes)                                             Cost by student

            EMS pants                                                                                            Cost by student

            Stethoscope                                                                                         Cost by student

            Program Picture ID                                                                               $10

Background, Health, and Drug Screenings


            Medical and Physical                                                                           Cost by student

Miscellaneous Expenses

Skill laboratory fee – Junior Year                                                          $150

Skill laboratory fee – Senior Year                                                          $200

Malpractice Insurance                                                                           $18

            Travel, tolls, parking                                                                  Cost by student

            Vaccinations                                                                               Cost by student