• Paramedic (534.2)


    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 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.

    This 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.

    Student 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.  Students must also meet pre-program requirement, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology 1 orBIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.  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 exam 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.

    This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727.210.2350, www.caahep.org 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.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    *BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science or BIO-151 General Biology 1 is a prerequisite to BIO-161.
    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-161Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    PAM-101Foundations of Paramedic Practice4
    PAM-102Airway Management and Pharmacology 5
    PAM-112Paramedic Clinical 11
    Total Credits: 14

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-162Anatomy & Physiology 24
    PAM-103Cardiology and Pulmonology5
    PAM-104Shock and Trauma4
    PAM-105Special Patient Populations3
    PAM-116 Paramedic Clinical 22
    Total Credits: 18

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    PAM-201 Medical Emergencies5
    PAM-202Integrated Paramedic Concepts4
    PAM-213Paramedic Clinical 31
    PAM-214 Paramedic Field Externship4
    Total Credits: 14
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 46
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