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.

Prospects of graduates

General characteristics of the graduate's professional profile(1st degree)

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 ( Level 1):

Graduate of the Emergency Health Care Medical Paramedic study programme:

Medical Paramedic

  • 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.

A graduate of the bachelor's degree programme in emergency health care
is independently competent in emergency health care:

  • take a basic medical history from a person in need of emergency 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

Applicants for external studies will be admitted after fulfilling the prescribed conditions:

1. completion of full secondary vocational education by matriculation examination in the field of study:

- paramedic or higher vocational education in the field of study paramedic with at least 1 year of professional experience in permanent employment in the Ambulance Service or in the basic components of the Integrated Rescue System (the applicant shall provide a matriculation certificate and a diploma),

- a qualified general nurse who performs the activity of a paramedic with at least 5 - years of professional experience in permanent employment in the Emergency Medical Service (the applicant shall provide a matriculation certificate and a diploma)

- a nurse who performs the activity of a paramedic with at least 5 -years of professional experience in permanent employment in the Emergency Medical Service (the applicant shall provide a matriculation certificate)

- nurse with at least 3 - years of professional experience in permanent employment in a health care institution, classified as an anaesthesiology nurse in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (the applicant shall provide a school leaving certificate)

2. a candidate with a completed upper secondary vocational education with a matriculation examination working in a permanent position in the Integrated Rescue System with at least 3 years of professional experience (the candidate shall provide a matriculation certificate)

3. certification of the employer on the job classification and length of professional experience shall be attached to the application form (permanent employment in the emergency medical service or in the basic components of the Integrated Rescue System at the time of applying for the study and throughout the study)

4. the admission procedure consists of a physical aptitude test - 100 m swimming (compulsory for all applicants)

5. fulfilment of the criterion 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 (applicants shall submit a recommendation of a general practitioner for study in the given field to the application form)

Additional information

The Dean of FZO PU reserves the possibility to modify the organization of the admission procedure depending on the number of applicants. In the case of a lower number of applicants for bachelor studies in the external form, meeting the admission requirements (less than 15), the faculty will not open studies in the 1st year of the external form in the academic year 2023/2024.The application form and fees will be refunded to the applicant.

Conditions for international students

Foreign applicants must pass the admission procedure, namely:

- written test in human biology within the scope of the gymnasium curriculum (in Slovak

- test of physical abilities - 100 m swimming.

In addition to the application form, foreign students must also provide proof of recognition of completed education. The decision on recognition of education from a foreign secondary school will be issued by the Regional Education Office in the Slovak Republic.

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

General information on the admission exam



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/ Candidates applying for external form of study do not need to fill in or prove their high school grades for each year. As proof of completion of secondary education, they must submit an officially certified high school leaving certificate with their application form.

3/ The application form must be accompanied by:

  • original receipt for 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
  • certification from the employer on the job classification and length of professional experience
  • 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/ Please send the application form by 31.03.2023 to the following address:

University of Prešov

Faculty of Health Professions

Partizánska 1

080 01 Prešov


9/ External form of study is charged according to Act No.131/2002 on Higher Education and its amendment No.363/2007 Coll. The amount of tuition fees is published on the faculty's website http://www.unipo.sk/fakulta-zdravotnictva

Form of entrance exam



  • 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)
  • potvrdenie zamestnávateľa o pracovnom zaradení a dĺžke odbornej praxe (paper form)

Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: 950 €
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 950 €

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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Detail of the study program


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Last update: 10.01.2024 12:42

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