Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences coursework and accreditation information
Our bachelor of science degree consists of 124 semester hours credits. The first 30 hours of coursework include courses the student takes to prepare for certification as a paramedic. We offer these credit hours through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, or students can earn hours at any other college or university. Students who are certified paramedics, but do not have these credit hours are allowed to obtain them through a credit-by-exam process once they are enrolled in the program.
Our program's second portion of the degree is from the core curriculum and is made up of 42 semester hour credits. These general education courses are not offered at at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and must be transferred from a college or university.
The final 52 semester hour credits are offered through our online bachelor of science program. Our program is designed to meet a student's educational and career goals. Therefore, in consultation with the program director, the student may create an individualized curriculum of at least 52 semester credit hours from the bachelor of science courses.
The EMT Basic and Paramedic certificate programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). Learn more about our accreditation.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008. The institution's accreditation extends through 2018, and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center. Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the Health Science Center and not the Commission's office.