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Emergency Medical Services Administration

EOU is the only school on the West coast offering a degree in emergency medical services administration that meets standards set by the National Fire Academy.

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Designed primarily for paramedics and EMT’s seeking advanced knowledge related to the management and administration of emergency medical systems (EMS) and is available entirely online.

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❏ Step 1: Fill out the Undergraduate Transfer Online /Onsite Application.

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❏ Step 2: If you have completed coursework at another university, have an official copy of all transcripts sent to:

Eastern Oregon University Attn: Admissions
One University Blvd.
La Grande, OR 97850

❏ Step 3: Consider Financial Aid options.

Admitted students who register for at least 6 credits per term may be eligible for Financial Aid. More information is available on the Financial Aid Website.

❏ Step 4: Send a copy of all state training certificates, NFA course completion records and a copy of your unofficial transcripts to:

Dan O’Grady, B.S.
EOU Portland
Clackamas Community College
Harmony Campus-Rm130
7738 SE Harmony Rd
Portland, OR 97222
Phone: 541.962.3341

NOTE: If you are interested in registering for an EMSA Course, but do not wish to pursue a degree through EOU, you may register for up to 8 credits per term as a non-admitted student. Fill out the Non-Admitted Student Form and submit it to Admissions in La Grande, OR. Students intending to complete the EMSA degree must apply for admission to Eastern Oregon University.

EMSA core curriculum

  • BA 225 Business Communications
  • EMSA 305 Foundations of EMS Systems
  • EMSA 307 Emergency Medical Services Risk Management and Safety
  • EMSA 309 Emergency Medical Services Communications Management
  • EMSA 311 Management of Emergency Medical Services
  • EMSA 313 Legal, Political and Regulatory Environment of Emergency Medical Services
  • EMSA 315 Emergency Medical Services Education
  • EMSA 317 EMS Quality Management
  • EMSA 405 Finance of Emergency Medical Services Systems
  • EMSA 407 Emergency Medical Services Public Information and Community Relations
  • EMSA 411 Analytical Approaches to Emergency Medical Services
  • EMSA 413 Management of Transport Services
  • EMSA 415 Community Risk Reductions in Emergency Medical Services
  • FSA 336 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials
  • FSA 345 Multiculturalism in Emergency Services
  • FSA 423 Labor Management Relations
  • BA 462 Leaders and Leadership Process

100% Online

Complete coursework from almost anywhere. In addition to online faculty support, EOU has regional advising centers located throughout Oregon. This allows EOU to serve community and regional needs by engaging in partnerships that support student learning. Find a center near you for additional support in completing the program.

“I enrolled in the Emergency Medical Service Administration (EMSA) program at EOU in fall 2015 with a specific goal in mind: to become a contributing leader in the field of emergency medicine. I have followed a non-traditional path with regards to my education. I enlisted in the Army right out of high school and after 6 years of service I was medically discharged due to a parachute accident during an airborne jump. Through this experience, I developed an interest in emergency medicine and began pursuing the required education to become an EMT-Paramedic.

I currently work as an incident medical specialist on wildfires while taking classes full time at EOU. The EMSA advising team is extremely helpful and willing to work with students based on their individual background and existing commitments. I was granted permission to complete my paramedic program concurrently with the EMSA program. The flexibility of the online format is great as it allows me to work while taking courses. As a veteran, EOU’s team was able to guide me through the process of using my GI Bill benefits to the fullest. The knowledge gained from my EMSA courses directly applies to the field and is essential to understanding the leadership and administrative responsibilities in emergency medicine. “

Peter Byrne
Emergency Medical Service Administration
Incident Medical Specialist


“Our program fills in the gaps to give managers the skills they need, but typically don’t receive with on-the-job training alone. We cover everything from communications to legal aspects and the fundamentals of business with courses tailored directly to the specialized field of emergency medical healthcare.”

~ Kevin Walker
EMSA Program Chair
Professor, College of Business

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  • Supervisors
  • Operations managers
  • Administrative or Executive Directors of Emergency Services
  • Dispatchers
  • Instructors

Contact Us

Kevin Walker, J.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor
FSA and EMSA Program Chair

Dan O’Grady, B.S.
FSA and EMSA Administration Degree Advisor
EOU Portland
Clackamas Community College
Harmony Campus-Rm 130
7738 SE Harmony Rd
Portland, OR 97222

The Emergency Medical Services Administration Program is based upon the National Fire Academy FESHE Model Curriculum for an Emergency Medical Services bachelor’s degree. This program is designed for EMTs and paramedics who desire advanced knowledge related to the management and administration of EMS systems.

Concurrent enrollment in an EMT program is acceptable, however, students must have EMT certification or licensure as a condition of graduation. Students that enter the program with an associate’s degree will complete their bachelor’s degree as a BA, BS, or BAS depending on how they enter the program.

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