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Faculty Spotlight: Alex Dougherty, Graduate Assistant, Emergency Medical Care

Alex Dougherty - Graduate Assistant Emergency Medical Care EKU

Alex Dougherty is a master’s student who also earned his bachelor’s degree in paramedicine from EKU. He’s currently a graduate assistant for the Emergency Medical Care degree program. When asked about why he was so passionate about EMS, he had this to say, “Paramedicine became a passion for me when I was a junior in high school, I’ve always had an interest in the medical profession but in a prehospital setting. The passion grew when I went through EKU Paramedicine program because of all the different aspects and avenues this profession has to offer.

His view is that EKU is a home away from home as he feels incredibly comfortable here with the students, as well as faculty and staff. The ability to network and build professional relationships with EMS professors and other leaders in the industry is highly important to him as he advances in his career. Alex feels that this is a special place. 

“The program itself is truly unique,” said Dougherty. “It offers a bachelor’s degree in paramedicine, not too many colleges/universities offer that. This program is academically intense and challenges your mental stamina but in my opinion, this is the only program that prepares students to be excellent providers/practitioners and have a successful career in the medical profession.” 

Learn more about how to advance your EMS career with a degree from Eastern Kentucky University. For more information, email Brenna Holmes or call 859-429-1367.  

Published on February 20, 2016