Emergency health care

The Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Prešov is an institution whose main task is to educate students in accredited non-medical study programmes at the level of contemporary knowledge, scientific and research results.

The profession of paramedic is specific in the demands placed on applicants for study, who, in addition to the necessary professional, theoretical knowledge, must also demonstrate sufficient physical fitness and psychological resilience. The core knowledge topics of the study field of emergency health care are linked to the theory and practice of pre-hospital emergency health care. They synthesize knowledge from preclinical, clinical and social-behavioral disciplines to help students acquire the knowledge and skills to build a professional and personal profile as a paramedic.

The scope of study includes theoretical knowledge, practical and technical skills. Clinical exercises are an integral part of the teaching, which students will complete in basic inpatient wards, selected intensive care units, emergency medical service operations centres, mobile ambulance and ambulance ambulance services, within the fire brigade and civil defence units. Practical training includes participation in various drills, tactical interoperability exercises and specialised courses.

Prospects of graduates

General characteristics of the graduate's professional profile

The graduate of studies in the field of emergency health care of the study programme paramedic will acquire knowledge of medical sciences, humanities subjects and specific subjects of emergency health care, on which the activities of a paramedic are based, in particular emergency medicine and intensive care, medical and crisis management, related medical disciplines, applied sciences such as professional communication, ethics, law and legislation.

The graduate of the first degree of higher education in the bachelor study programme in the field of study of emergency health care acquires professional competence for the performance of professional work activities of a paramedic within the meaning of the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No. 334/2010 Coll. on the scope of practice of a paramedic in the emergency medical service. A paramedic who has acquired professional competence to perform professional work activities shall perform, independently or in cooperation with a doctor, professional work activities in emergency medical care resulting from generally binding legislation and corresponding to the scope and content of the acquired education of the minimum standard of education pursuant to Slovak Government Regulation No 296/2010 Coll. on professional competence for the exercise of the health profession, the method of further education of health professionals, the system of specialisation fields and the system of certified work activities, as amended, and the recommended study plan.

Saving human life in various situations and environments is an activity that requires people who are physically and mentally prepared at a high professional level. The profile of a graduate is characterised by the unity of moral, professional-theoretical and professional-practical competence.

The graduate of the study programme "Paramedic" is able to think independently and react promptly, purposefully, quickly, prudently and decisively in situations related to saving life and health. He/she is able to make changes, take risks, take responsibility, improvise. Knows current legislation related to the provision of health care. Can competently provide expert pre-medical first aid, including selected special procedures, in crisis and life-threatening situations. Is competent to communicate in rescue activities at a professional medical level.

Graduate knowledge:

Theoretical knowledge :

Graduate of the Emergency Health Care Medical Paramedic study program:

  • performs professional work activities in the provision of emergency health care within the scope of his/her competences,
  • uses professional medical, paramedic and nursing terminology,
  • understands the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating in particular to emergency medicine, emergency health care, disaster medicine, integrated rescue system,
  • possesses the knowledge of the related medical sciences and humanities necessary for the practice of his/her profession,
  • uses interdisciplinary knowledge in the provision of expert, individualised and comprehensive care for patients with life- or health-threatening conditions,
  • applies educational methods with an emphasis on health protection, accident and emergency prevention and first aid,
  • adheres to generally applicable legislative regulations and ethical, occupational health and safety standards,
  • participates in research in the field of emergency medical services,
  • implements the latest scientific knowledge in clinical practice,
  • communicates and collaborates effectively in both horizontal and vertical interpersonal relationships,
  • professionally resolves crisis situations,
  • works with the use of modern information and communication systems and technologies,
  • cooperates with other components of the integrated rescue system,
  • knows the rules of road safety and mobile ambulance driving using warning signs,
  • knows how to navigate in the terrain,
  • applies the principles of disinfection and sterilisation, anti-epidemiological measures,
  • works responsibly and creatively in a team, directs the activities of the rescue team when necessary,
  • identifies changes in patient safety behaviours, observes safe medication administration, identifies all forms of violence.
  • participates in pre-hospital emergency care and ambulance service education
  • knows the distribution and forms of drugs, the action of drugs and the factors that influence them, the interrelationships of drugs, the different groups of drugs and their action on different anatomical and physiological systems, the methods and principles of the correct administration of drugs, with emphasis on their application in emergency situations
  • knows the latest and expanding knowledge in selected clinical fields: internal medicine, surgery, trauma surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics, psychiatry, neurology with a focus on intensive and emergency medicine
  • knows the theory, methods and procedures of disaster medicine
  • knows the latest and expanding knowledge of psychology and ethics in emergency services
  • knows the theory of management in the professional activity of the paramedic
  • know and master a foreign language at a level that enables the study of foreign professional literature and basic communication with foreigners

Practical skills and competences (Level 1).

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health CareBachelor of Science in Emergency Health Care

  • clinical experience in a health care facility in the various departments of clinical disciplines under the professional supervision of nurses and physicians,
  • practical skills in emergency medical services under the professional supervision of paramedics and in an emergency medical services operations centre.

The graduate of the bachelor's study programme in emergency health care
is able to independently:

within the framework of emergency health care

  • take a basic medical history from a person in need of urgent health care, his/her relatives, and other witnesses to the event,
  • observe, assess and record vital signs using appropriate clinical
    and technical means,
  • perform an assessment of a person's health status and make an occupational diagnosis
    within the scope of training received,
  • perform initial treatment of all injuries, including bleeding,
  • perform airway clearance, ensure airway patency
    and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
  • use automatic and semi-automatic external defibrillators,
  • provide peripheral venous access, including intraosseous, and administer saline
    to maintain patency of venous access,
  • administer oxygen therapy by inhalation,
  • conduct preterm labor, perform the first treatment of the newborn, nurse the parturient,
  • treat pneumothorax in a non-invasive way,
  • introduce gastric probes,
  • introduce a urinary catheter in women,
  • sample biological material when necessary,
  • sample capillary blood for diagnostic purposes,
  • position and immobilize the person, taking into account the extent and nature of the injury or illness, and extricate within the limits of their capabilities,
  • immobilise injured parts of a person's body,
  • warm or cool a person in the event of injuries caused by low or high temperatures,
  • treat an amputee suitable for reimplantation,
  • provide transport of the person,
  • continuously monitor and ensure that the person's needs related to health, illness and dying are met,
  • treat drains, peripheral vascular catheters, indwelling urinary catheters, probes, cannulas
    and stomas,
  • ensure the safety of intervention,
  • ensure landing pad safety and navigation of the helicopter ambulance in the field,
  • provide care for the body of a dead person.

Upon written authorization from the professional representative of the appropriate emergency medical service provider and after consultation of the procedure with the physician of the appropriate emergency medical service provider, is qualified to independently administer:

  • and other crystalloid solutions, not just saline,
  • 40% glucose solution intravenously in diagnosed hypoglycemia,
  • adrenaline intravenously, intraosseously, or endotracheally in circulatory arrest.
    • nitrates orally,
    • acetylsalicylic acid orally,
    • clopidogrel orally,
    • non-opioid analgesics orally, intramuscularly or fractionated intravenously,
    • adrenaline for anaphylactic shock.
    • treatment in cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
    • analgesics,
    • furosemide,
    • diazepam,
    • magnesium sulphuricum,
    • methylprednisolone,
    • antidotes,
    • antiemetics,
    • antihistamines
    • heparins,
    • for interclinical transport of a person, treatment as prescribed by the physician who indicated the transport.

In addition to the above, independently performed professional work activities, he/she is qualified to collaborate with a physician in:

  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intubation and controlled breathing, defibrillation and administration of drugs,
    • administration of all types of medication in the prescribed manner,
    • preterm labour, treatment of the parturient and the newborn after delivery,
    • catheterisation of the bladder in children and men,
    • small surgical procedures,
    • administration of transfusion and blood derivatives,
    • deployment of esophageal compression probe.

In addition to the following professional activities, a graduate of the bachelor's degree program in emergency health care is able to:

  • assist in the driving of a motor vehicle of an ambulance ambulance,
  • maintain radio and telephone communication with the emergency medical service emergency operations centre and all components of the integrated rescue system
    and co-operate in navigating in the field,
  • rescue persons in emergency situations in cooperation with other components of the integrated rescue system,
    • participate in the transport of a person from the scene of an incident by available ways and means.

Additional knowledge, skills and abilities of the graduate:

After graduation, the graduate is able to:

  • shape and expand their professional and personal profile in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and languages,
  • be reasonably adaptable in related fields, logical thinker, able to apply acquired knowledge, practical skills and problem-solving abilities,
  • is able to work independently and in a team, coordinate the work of a team, continuously educate himself/herself, take a sustained interest in the development of his/her field by studying professional literature, master important manual skills, act purposefully, prudently and decisively in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
    • use knowledge of psychology and pedagogy in the education and training of new members of the rescue team.
  • be able to continue their own professional and professional development,

Definition of the graduate's areas of application:

The graduate of the 1st degree of the study programme in the study field of emergency health care will be employed as:

  • a paramedic in the emergency medical service as a crew member of an ambulance, ambulance, ambulance with mobile intensive care unit equipment or helicopter ambulance,
  • paramedic paramedic of an emergency medical service operations centre,
  • medical worker in the military health service of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic,
  • medical paramedic in an ambulance of the Fire Rescue Corps,
  • medical rescuer in the ambulance of the Mountain Rescue Service,
  • health paramedic in the emergency room.

Graduates of the paramedic study programme will be employed as professional paramedics:

  • in individual components of the Integrated Rescue System in paramedic practice
  • in pre-hospital emergency care
  • in the emergency department
  • in management
  • in research
  • in education and training
  • in medical activities of the armed forces
  • in the fire brigade
  • in other forces active in saving health and life.

A graduate of study in the field of study in emergency health care of the study program paramedic from obtains a full first degree in emergency health care with an orientation to emergency health care.

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Conditions of admission
  1. completed secondary education with a high school diploma
  2. admission procedure consisting of two parts:

- Part 1: written test in human biology within the scope of the grammar school curriculum (min. 60% success rate) or SCIO test of General Studies prerequisites

- Part 2: motor skills test (compulsory for all candidates)

3. applicants who have a study average of up to 1.50 - without passing the written test(applicants shall provide school-confirmed end-of-year report cards for grades 1-3 and mid-year report cards for grade 4 or grade 5 of secondary school with their application form. If the school does not certify the benefit, applicants must provide officially certified school reports). If applicants do not provide the above, they will be required to take a written test in human biology - point 2).

The applicants must also submit a written test in human biology - point 2).

4. meeting the criteria of medical fitness for the profession according to the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No.364/2009, which establishes the criteria of medical fitness for applicants for medical study fields (the applicant shall submit a certificate from a general practitioner on medical fitness to the application form).

Additional information

Detailed information about the Motor Ability Test is published on the website of the Faculty of Health Professions of PU :


SCIO's General Studies Aptitude Test (GSAT) under the National Comparative Examinations (NCE), is being conducted by SCIO on six dates (prior to the faculty admission date) during the academic year 2021/2022 and in several cities in the country. It is possible to take the NTS test more than once, and applicants will always be credited with the best result (minimum pass mark is 50th percentile).

The NTS test can be taken more than once.

If a student succeeds on the SCIO test, i.e., achieves a 50 percentile or higher,he or she no longer takes the faculty written test in biology, but the faculty will give full credit for the admissions process.

If a student fail the SCIO test, the student has the option of taking the faculty written test in biology on the given admission date, and the faculty will not consider the SCIO test score.

Testing dates, sample tests, and the requirements for signing up for testing are posted at http://www.scio.sk/nps/. Signing up for the SCIO test and paying the associated costs is the responsibility of each applicant.

The Faculty does not organise these tests and does not register or invite candidates to take them. A candidate who duly applies for the examination will receive an invitation to the examination approximately 10 days before the examination by email from SCIO. The candidate does not submit his/her result to the faculty. The candidate's result is given to the faculty exclusively by SCIO. However, each candidate must give his/her consent to SCIO to hand over his/her results (he/she will do so as part of the application form for the HE examination)


SCIO tests are optional and are not a condition for admission, the applicant does not have to take them !!!

Conditions for international students

Part 1: written test in human biology within the scope of the grammar school curriculum (in Slovak language).

Part 2:movement aptitude test.

Foreign students shall also submit proof of recognition of completed education with the application form. The decision on recognition of education from a foreign secondary school shall be issued by the Regional Education Office in the Slovak Republic.

The following documents shall be submitted with the application: certificate of medical fitness, curriculum vitae, high school diploma, curriculum vitae and proof of payment of the admission fee.

General information on the admission exam


1/ Application Form

a) Paper application form (admission fee 35 EUR): applicants purchase the university application form designed for undergraduate studies at the form shops, fill in all parts of it thoroughly, attach other required documents and send it to the address of the Faculty of Health Professions of PU

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b) Electronic form of application (admission fee 30 EUR) Applicants fill in and submit the electronic application form on the website of the University of Presov https://mais.unipo.sk/eprihlaska/pages/odosielatel/rozhranie_odosielatela.mais. Subsequently, it is necessary to print out the electronic application form, attach all other required documents and send it by post to the address of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the PU. Without receiving the printed electronic application form together with the additional documents, the electronic application form is invalid and the applicant will not be included in the admission procedure.

2/ Applicants applying for full-time admission must fill in and provide evidence of their high school grades for each year. The application form must include the end-of-year report cards for Years 1-3 and the mid-year report for Year 4. This benefit must be confirmed by the secondary schoolon page 3. If the secondary school does not certify the benefit, the applicant must submit notarised report cards for each year with the application form. After the matriculation examination, applicants shall submit a notarised matriculation certificate with their application form.

3/ The following documents are required to be submitted with the application form:

  • original receipt of payment of the admission fee or proof of bank transfer
  • officially certified copy of the matriculation certificate (if you are graduating in the current school year, you will submit the MV as soon as you have passed the matriculation exams),
  • recommendation from a medical practitioner for studies in the given field
  • structured curriculum vitae
  • application form must be signed in the applicant's own handwriting (page 3)

4/ In case the applicant wants to apply for more study programmes at the Faculty of Physical Education PU in Prešov, he/she must submit a separate application for each study programme separately and pay the application fee for each application separately.

5/Only the applicant who submits a duly completed application form, encloses all required attachments and pays the admission fee within the set deadline will be invited to the admission examinations.

6/ The admission fee will not be refunded by the faculty.

7/ Send the application form by 31.03.2023 to the following address:

University of Prešov

Faculty of Health Professions

Partizánska 1

080 01 Prešov


Form of entrance exam

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written test in human biology within the scope of high school curriculum

  • Apply the application for study


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Anticipated number of applicants to be accepted

  • leaving certificate (paper form)
  • medical certificate (paper form)
  • CV (paper form)
  • doklad o zaplatení poplatku za prijímacie konanie (paper form)

Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: cost free
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 1000 €

The fee for admission procedure
application form: 35 €
E-application form: 30 €

Billing information

account number IBAN: SK 11 8180 0000 0070 0008 2677


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Money institution: Štátna pokladnica Radlinského 32 810 05 Bratislava

Address for sending the application form:

University of Prešov

Faculty of Health Sciences

Partizánska 1

08001 Prešov

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Detail of the study program

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