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Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic Major

Associate in Applied Science degrees provide two years of instruction to develop knowledge and skills leading to employment of career advancement in specialized fields. These degrees are not intended as transfer programs.

AWARD:  Associate in Applied Science

LENGTH:   4 Semesters

PURPOSE:
The paramedic major prepares selected students to qualify as practitioners of emergency medical services in a variety of health service facilities. After successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam.

EMS Application

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES:
Employment opportunities for the paramedic include pre-hospital care agencies, municipal fire departments, emergency departments in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments,
physician’s offices, clinics, industry, and home health care agencies.

POTENTIAL CERTIFICATION:

Special Link: Two Year Intermediate - Paramedic Outline

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The applicant must meet the following requirements for admission to the required EMT courses. Interested students should contact the Paramedic Coordinator for academic advising.
1. Be accepted as a student to the college.
2. Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the GED. Verification of high school graduation or GED is required by Virginia OEMS for this level of certification. Submission of official transcripts or GED scores is mandatory for all applicants.
3. Complete the Placement test unless appropriate college level English or Math courses have been successfully completed. If any developmental courses in reading, writing or math are needed as indicated by student's scores, these courses must be completed successfully before the student's EMS Education program application file will be considered and reviewed for admission.
4. A cumulative college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all related and general education requirements completed before admission into the EMS Education program.
5. Students holding a current Virginia Certification as either an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic or EMT-Enhanced, or holding current National Registry and/or Virginia EMT-Intermediate certification, will be given priority for admission into the program and may be considered for advanced placement after all other admission requirements are met.
6. Submit an EMS Program application form along with required paperwork, i.e. high school transcripts, college transcripts, current EMS certification, etc. during the specified EMS Education program application period.

Admission Procedure: Applications to the paramedic program will be accepted during the specified application period. After the application period has concluded, all completed application files will be reviewed and considered. Qualified applicants will be accepted into the EMS program on a first come, first served basis. This is based on the date and time the application file is completed. Incomplete files will not be considered. A completed application file includes the following:
1. The completed EMS Program Application form.
2. Official transcripts of all secondary school work and all prior college work other than PHCC.
3. Results of the college placement test if not from PHCC.
4. A copy of your Virginia EMT-B certification. Because the Paramedic program addresses the educational needs of students with a variety of experiences and prior education, a limited number of entering class positions may be designated for certified EMT-Intermediates who graduated from accredited programs or for prospective high school graduates who also have been enrolled at PHCC as part of EMT-B approved program of dual enrollment. Interested high school sophomores should see their counselors in the spring of their sophomore year. Interested high school juniors should see their counselors in the fall of their junior year. The typical physical demands of a paramedic include the following: full range of motion including handling and lifting patients and/or equipment, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. The job generally requires standing, walking for extensive periods of time, and working in all type of environments. The paramedic should be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. The job settings may have stressful conditions and/or irregular hours. There is a potential for exposure to communicable diseases. After admission to the clinical phase, the prospective student is provided with a Paramedic Physical Examination form that must be completed by a physician prior to enrolling in the clinical or field intern classes.

Upon admission, all students are required to undergo mandatory drug screening. Students must have a negative drug screen in order to begin the clinical or field intern classes. Any charges or costs for drug screening will be the responsibility of the student. Estimated cost of the drug screening is $21. Please note that any prospective EMS student with a criminal conviction needs to speak with the EMS Program Director prior to enrollment at PHCC. Certain convictions will prevent the person from being licensed as an Emergency Medical Services Provider in Virginia. Students must produce a satisfactory criminal background check to the standards of all clinical agencies used by the college for experiential learning prior to enrolling in the EMS program. Any charges or costs to secure the evaluation will be the responsibility of the student. (estimated cost $15)

Readmission Requirements: Any student wishing to reenroll in the paramedic program must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at PHCC to be considered. A student who wishes to re-enter the EMS Program Student Handbook. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. The EMS faculty will consider each student’s application for readmission and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the EMS program and space availability.

Students who fail an EMS course or withdraw for any reason from the EMS Program may be readmitted to the paramedic program only once. All re-admissions are at the discretion of EMS faculty.

Advanced Placement: Currently certified Virginia EMTEnhanced or EMT-Intermediate providers may be eligible for advanced placement. (NREMT-Intermediate will be accepted).

Financial Requirements: In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, this program requires additional expenses.

Approximate costs include:
Uniforms $150
Physical Examination $100
Books $500
Malpractice Insurance $75
AHA BCLS CPR certification $80
Standardized Tests $25
Criminal Background Checks $15
Drug Screening $21
Transportation to clinical agencies, seminars, etc. as required

Transfer of EMS Credit:Students seeking to transfer credit received from EMS courses at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis by the EMS faculty. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, course syllabi, achievement scores and selected data from the course instructor in order to determine placement in the EMS program, subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among EMS programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there might be an interruption in program progression.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Special Accreditation Status: The program is accreditated by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS:
Students must successfully complete all of the requirements listed below to receive the Award.


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (14 CREDITS):
ENG 111 College Composition I (3)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology (3)
SOC 200 Principles to Sociology (3)
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
PED/HLT Elective (2)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (57 CREDITS):
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (6)
EMS 120 EMT - Basic Clinical (1)
EMS 151 Intro. to Adv. Life Support (4)
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition (2)
EMS 155 ALS Medical Care (4)
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care (3)
EMS 159 ALS Special Populations (2)
EMS 170 ALS Internship I (2)
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II (2)
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II (1)
EMS 201 Professional Development (2)
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
EMS 207 Adv. Pt. Assessment (3)
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology (4)
EMS 211 Operations (2)
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Intern. III (1)
EMS 243 ALS Internship III (1)
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Intern. IV (1)
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV (1)
EMS 299 Supervised Study in Emergency Medical Services (1)
EMS Elective (3)
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts (3)
NAS 150 **Human Biology (4)
SDV 108 College Survival Skills (1)

**Student may substitute BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 142 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)


Minimum required for degree: 71 Credits


SAMPLE SCHEDULE:


FIRST YEAR
Summer Semester
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (6)
EMS 120 EMT - Basic Clinical (1)
NAS 150 **Human Biology (4) or substitute
              BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4) or BIO 141 Human
              Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
PED/HLT Elective (2)
SVD 108 College Survival Skills (1)

Fall Semester
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support (4)
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition (2)
EMS 157 ALS – Trauma Care (3)
EMS 170 ALS Internship I (2)
EMS Elective (1)
ENG 111 College Composition I (3)

Spring Semester
EMS 155 ALS Medical Care (4)
EMS 159 ALS Special Populations (2)
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II (2)
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II (1)
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
EMS Elective (1)

SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
EMS 201 Professional Development (2)
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment (3)
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III (1)
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III (1)
EMS Elective (1)
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology (3)

Spring Semester
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology (4)
EMS 211 Operations (2)
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Inter. IV (1)
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV (1)
EMS 299 Supervised Study in Emergency Medical Services (1)
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications (4)
SOC 200 Principles to Sociology (3)

Total Semester Hours: 71