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  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Admission Requirements
  4. Program Curriculum
  5. High School Course Recommendations

Program Overview

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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform a comprehensive patient assessment on a patient and communicate the findings to a physician.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information to implement the treatment plan for patients in the pre-hospital settings.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all pre-hospital skills including cardiac rhythm recognition, airway management, and medication administration.
  • Recognize that paramedics are an essential component of the continuum of care and service as linkages among health resources.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Accuplacer placement test scores OR exempt (you must place into ENG 111 and MAT 108)
  • HS biology with lab OR College Biology with lab (within last 10 years)
  • PSB Allied Health Entrance Exam with a score of 50%+ in Total Academic Aptitude OR Exemption from Accuplacer OR placement (through Accuplacer) into ENG 111 and MAT 108.
  • PSB with a score of 50%+ in Natural Science OR College Biology with lab (within last 10 years)
  • State EMT License or National Registry.
  • Current BCLS/CPR Health Care Provider or equivalent card.
  • Verification of required ambulance runs.
  • Program information session (student must call the department chair to schedule)
  • Joint review of files with department chair.

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High School Course Recommendations

Highly Recommended Courses
Algebra I
College Prep Biology

Recommended Courses
Algebra II
College Prep Chemistry

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