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Paramedicine Technology

Program Description

The paramedic technology program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today’s health services field.The paramedic technology program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention and advancement.The program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills from the basic EMT level to retrain as a paramedic.Applicants may enroll as a generic student or as a graduate of the diploma program. Graduates of the program receive a paramedic technology degree and are eligible to sit for the paramedic certification test.

Nature of the Work

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient’s condition, while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following protocols and guidelines, they provide emergency care and transport the patient to a medical facility. EMTs and paramedics operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.

Employment

EMTs and paramedics held about 210,700 jobs in 2008. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas.Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month.

Job Outlook

Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Job prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services.

Earnings

Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location of their jobs, as well as their training and experience. Median hourly wages of EMTs and paramedics were $14.10 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.77. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in May 2008 were $12.99 in other ambulatory healthcare services and $15.45 in local government.

In 2008, about 27 percent of EMTs and paramedics belonged to a union or were covered by a union contract.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos101.htm



View Degrees
Paramedicine Degree (70 hrs)
core courses
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
3
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
Program-Specific Electives
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
3
Non-General Education Courses
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
1
 
Paramedicine
occupational courses
EMSP 2110 Foundations of Paramedicine
3
EMSP 2120 Apps for Pathophysiology
3
EMSP 2130 Adv Resuscitative Skills
3
EMSP 2140 Adv Cardiovascular Concepts
4
EMSP 2310 Therap. Mods Cardiovascular
3
EMSP 2320 Therapeutic Modalities of Medical Care
5
EMSP 2330 Therapeutic Modalities of Trauma Care
4
EMSP 2340 Therapeutic Modalities for Special Patient Populations
4
EMSP 2510 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic I
2
EMSP 2520 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic II
2
EMSP 2530 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic III
1
EMSP 2540 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic IV
1
EMSP 2550 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic V
2
EMSP 2560 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VI
1
EMSP 2570 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VII
3
EMSP 2710 Field Internship for the Paramedic
2
EMSP 2720 Practical Applications of the Paramedic
3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
 


View Diplomas
Paramedicine Diploma (60 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
 
Paramedicine
occupational courses
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body
5
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
EMSP 2110 Foundations of Paramedicine
3
EMSP 2120 Apps for Pathophysiology
3
EMSP 2130 Adv Resuscitative Skills
3
EMSP 2140 Adv Cardiovascular Concepts
4
EMSP 2310 Therap. Mods Cardiovascular
3
EMSP 2320 Therapeutic Modalities of Medical Care
5
EMSP 2330 Therapeutic Modalities of Trauma Care
4
EMSP 2340 Therapeutic Modalities for Special Patient Populations
4
EMSP 2510 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic I
2
EMSP 2520 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic II
2
EMSP 2530 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic III
1
EMSP 2540 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic IV
1
EMSP 2550 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic V
2
EMSP 2560 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VI
1
EMSP 2570 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VII
3
EMSP 2710 Field Internship for the Paramedic
2
EMSP 2720 Practical Applications of the Paramedic
3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
 


View Available TCCs
Emergency Medical Technician: EMJ1
EMSP 1110 Intro. to the EMT Profession
3
EMSP 1120 EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology
3
EMSP 1130 Medical Emergencies for the EMT
3
EMSP 1140 Special Patient Populations
3
EMSP 1150 Shock and Trauma for the EMT
3
EMSP 1160 Clinical and Practical Applications for the EMT
1
 
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: EMH1
EMSP 1110 Intro. to the EMT Profession
3
EMSP 1120 EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology
3
EMSP 1120 EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology
3
EMSP 1130 Medical Emergencies for the EMT
3
EMSP 1140 Special Patient Populations
3
EMSP 1150 Shock and Trauma for the EMT
3
EMSP 1160 Clinical and Practical Applications for the EMT
1
EMSP 1510 Advanced Concepts AEMT
3
EMSP 1520 Advanced Concepts for AEMT
3
EMSP 1530 Clinical Application AEMT
1
EMSP 1540 Clinical & Practical Apps AEMT
3
Stand-Alone
 




*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
62
81
N/A
37
Diploma
32
79
50
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

McPherson, James
Barnes, Bryan