The Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Associate of Applied Science degree is an optional track for currently licensed (CoAEMSP) Paramedics wanting an A.A.S. degree. The candidate must be attending or have graduated from a Paramedic school of a regionally accredited college recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The degree will enhance the practice of the Paramedic by improving the quality of patient care through increased written communication skills reflected in patient care report writing, improved psychological assessments, ethical conduct and knowledge of science. Paramedic graduates from outside the State of Tennessee must meet the same requirements as the Tennessee candidates (Tennessee Department of Health: Emergency Medical Services) and will be evaluated on a case by case basis to qualify for the degree. If the candidate does not meet the above requirements, he/she will not qualify for the degree.