The relatively new profession of Paramedicine offers an exciting and challenging career in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Paramedics are members of the health care team that provide advanced level care in the pre-hospital environment under the direction of a physician. Employment opportunities are available with municipal and private ambulances, fire departments, hospitals, clinics, and in industrial settings. The steady increase in opportunities has also created a variety of EMS related leadership and instructional positions.
Admission into the Paramedicine program requires that a student be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) for six months and with 50 documented EMS calls. Applicants must also complete an aptitude exam and interview with the paramedic faculty. Existing Paramedics may apply to have certain courses waived if working towards a degree.
The student will gain entry-level competency to many new skills including comprehensive patient assessment, endotracheal intubation, intravenous therapy, medication administration, cardiac rhythm interpretation, and defibrillation. Students will also take general education courses consisting of math, English, and psychology. The required science courses include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Included in the curriculum are certifications in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and PHTLS (Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support). Additional fees are required for these courses. The program meets or exceeds all requirements for the DOT National Standard Paramedic curriculum.
The clinical component of the program consists of approximately 700 hours of clinical time in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical facilities, and paramedic services. Students complete a portion of their field internship with a high volume EMS service in a major city. Upon satisfactory completion, the student receives an Associate degree in Paramedicine and is eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s paramedic exam.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
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