This emergency medical technician-paramedic associate 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 their program, the student should be able to:
1. Summarize the role of emergency medical services personnel in the health care system.
2. Manage patients accurately in chronic and acute settings.
3. Integrate ethical and legal concepts in all actions when serving the needs of diverse patient populations.
4. Intervene with basic and advanced life support techniques in a variety of emergency situations.
5. Express leadership as a paramedic in all interactions with patients in emergency settings.
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
- Meet the Essential Functions of an Emergency Medical Services Provider
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.