Program Description

The Paramedicine associate of applied science degree program prepares students to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. The Paramedicine degree program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today's health services field. The Paramedic degree 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 EMT/EMT-I 1985/AEMT levels to a paramedic level. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure with the State Office of Emergency Medical Service and Trauma (SOEMST) as a paramedic.

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

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 248,000 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of EMTs and paramedics were as follows:

  • Ambulance services - 48%
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals - 28%
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private - 18%

The above percentages exclude volunteer EMTs and paramedics who do not receive pay.

Job Outlook

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. The need for volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

Earnings

The median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $33,380 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,990.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for EMTs and paramedics in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private - $35,990
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals - $35,620
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private - $30,800

Most paid EMTs and paramedics work full time. About 1 in 3 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016. Because EMTs and paramedics must be available to work in emergencies, they may work overnight and on weekends. Some EMTs and paramedics work shifts in 12- or 24-hour increments. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics have variable work schedules. For example, they may work only a few days per week.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited May 10, 2018).

Accreditation

The Paramedicine associate degree and diploma programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 25400 U.S. Hwy 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, Florida 33763 Phone: 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org.

Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 Rowlett, Texas 75088 Phone: 214-703-8445 Fax: 214-703-8992 http://www.coaemsp.org


Degrees:  Paramedicine PT13
Paramedicine Degree: PT13 (67 hrs)
core courses
General Education Core
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
3
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
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 Degree: PT13
occupational courses
 
EMSP 2110 Foundations of Paramedicine
3
EMSP 2120 Applications for Pathophysiology for Paramedics
3
EMSP 2130 Advanced Resuscitative Skills
3
EMSP 2140 Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts
4
EMSP 2310 Therapeutic Modalities of Cardiovascular Care
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 Microcomputers
3
Diploma
Paramedicine Diploma: PT12 (58 hrs)
core courses
 
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Paramedicine Diploma: PT12
occupational courses
 
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body
5
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
Diploma
EMS Professions Diploma: EP12 (42 hrs)
core courses
 
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
EMS Professions Diploma: EP12 
occupational courses
 
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body
5
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
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
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
TCCs
Emergency Medical Technician: EMJ1 (16 Credits)
 
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 (10 Credits)
(EMJ1 Required as a Pre-requisite)
 
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




*All program information subject to change without notice.

 

Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70 60
Reading Comp. 64 64
Arithmetic N/A 40
Algebra 57 N/A