(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)
This emergency medical technician-paramedic associate’s program will cover the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system, applying the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs. Students will learn how to maintain a patient’s airway and oxygenate and ventilate a patient, be able to take a proper history, and perform a comprehensive physical exam. Students will be able to properly administer medications and communicate effectively with other healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, and other allied health personnel. They will also be able to integrate pathophysiology principles, assessment findings, and critical thinking skills to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for trauma and medical patients of all ages. Graduates will be eligible to write the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians licensure exam and will be prepared for entrance into many challenging areas of hospital emergency departments, fire departments, and ambulance services.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Articulate the role of the emergency medical technician in the system
- Generate accurate patient assessments in chronic and acute settings
- Identify the needs of diverse populations in regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and lifespan issues with regard to paramedic training.
- Demonstrate basic life support in emergencies including, but not limited to, safety, trauma, cardiac, and other medical emergencies.
- Identify ethical and legal concepts to the practice of the EMT-paramedic.
- Describe the problems that a paramedic might encounter in a hostile situation and the techniques used to manage the situation.
Special Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this program, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Have a valid CPR certification
- Meet the state requirements for a completed criminal background and credit check
- Provide verification of required immunizations
- Sign an Essential Function Form
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, emergency medical technician and paramedic.
A minimum of 73.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.