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Paramedic program fact sheet

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Associate of Science (533.1)

Paramedics care for patients at the scene of an accident or sudden illness and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. They are vital members of both the health care delivery system and public safety first responder network. They receive extensive education in the use of advanced procedures, medications and specialized equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Through careful patient assessment and team-oriented medical care, paramedics help prevent and reduce death and disability from illness and injury.

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Paramedics generally work for ambulance services or fire departments but some paramedics find employment in hospital emergency departments, aeromedical services, medical clinics, sports medicine, tactical medicine, industrial medicine and similar occupations.

The Associate of Science degree program prepares individuals for employment as an advanced life support provider and for advancement into supervisory roles or further education.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the credential examinations of the National Registry of EMTs to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic. The credential is recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Health for Pennsylvania certification as a paramedic.

Students must meet pre-program requirements, which include current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Pennsylvania, a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program. Admission to the college and completion of any developmental level courses is required.

A criminal history or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility to take the registry exams or obtain state certification. A majority of states require a license or certification to practice as a paramedic.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of the paramedic.
  2. Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the paramedic profession.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, family members and other health care providers.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate treatment interventions according to paramedic treatment protocols.
  5. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to emergency situations.

The CCAC Paramedic Program has received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214.703.8445, www.coaemsp.org.

This program is accredited as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Institute by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Universal Precautions training and certification is provided.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63

First Semester    Credits
  
BIO-115 
BIO-162
Human Biology in Health & Disease or 
Anatomy & Physiology 2

 5
4

PAM-101

Foundations of Paramedic Practice

 4

PAM-102

Airway Management & Pharmacology

 5

PAM-112

Paramedic Clinical 1

 1

                   

Total

 14-15

Second Semester 

PAM-103

Cardiology & Pulmonology

 5

PAM-104

Shock & Trauma

 4

PAM-105

Special Patient Populations

  3

PAM-116

Paramedic Clinical 2

2

 

 Total

 14

Summer 

 ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

 PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

 Total

 6

Third Semester 

PAM-201

Medical Emergencies

 5

PAM-202

Integrated Paramedic Concepts 1

 2

PAM-213

Paramedic Clinical 3

  1

PAM-214

Paramedic Field Externship

 4

 

 Total

 12

Fourth Semester 

PSY-108

Human Growth & Development

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

 

Computer Information Technology
Elective1

1-3

 

Mathematics Elective2

3-4

 

 Total

13–16

1Recommended CIT elective: CIT-100 Computer Fundamentals & Applications or CIT-615 Computer Applications in Health Care.

2 MAT-100 or higher. MAT-195 Business Math is suggested for non-transfer students.

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Paramedic    

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Certificate (534.1)

Paramedics care for patients at the scene of an accident or sudden illness and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. They are vital members of both the health care delivery system and public safety first responder network. They receive extensive education in the use of advanced procedures, medications and specialized equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Through careful patient assessment and team-oriented medical care, paramedics help prevent and reduce death and disability from illness and injury.

Paramedics generally work for ambulance services or fire departments but some paramedics find employment in hospital emergency departments, aeromedical services, medical clinics, sports medicine, tactical medicine, industrial medicine and similar occupations.

The certificate program prepares individuals for entry-level employment as a paramedic in an emergency medical service or other medical setting.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the credential examinations of the National Registry of EMTs to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic. The credential is recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Health for Pennsylvania certification as a paramedic. 

Students must meet pre-program requirements, which include current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Pennsylvania, a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program. Admission to the college and completion of any developmental level courses is required. Progression to the paramedic associate degree program is possible for all students having completed the paramedic certificate program.

A criminal history or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility to take the registry exams or obtain state certification. A majority of states require a license or certification to practice as a paramedic.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of the paramedic.
  2. Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the paramedic profession.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, family members and other health care providers.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate treatment interventions according to paramedic treatment protocols.
  5. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to emergency situations.

The CCAC Paramedic Program has received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214.703.8445, www.coaemsp.org.

This program is accredited as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Institute by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate:  40–41

First Semester 

 Credits

BIO-115
BIO-162 

Human Biology in Health & Disease or 
Anatomy & Physiology 2 

5
4

PAM-101

Foundations of Paramedic Practice 

 4

PAM-102 

Airway Management & Pharmacology 

 5

PAM-112 

Paramedic Clinical 1 

1

                 

Total   

14-15

Second Semester 

PAM-103

Cardiology & Pulmonology

5

PAM-104

Shock & Trauma

 4

PAM-105

Special Patient Populations     

 3

PAM-116

Paramedic Clinical 2

 2

 

Total   

 14

Third Semester 

 PAM-201

Medical Emergencies

5

 PAM-202

Integrated Paramedic Concepts

 2

 PAM-213

Paramedic Clinical 3

1

 PAM-214

Paramedic Field Externship

4

 

 Total

12

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