About This Program
Weekdays: Monday & Wedensday 6:30pm to 10pm
Weekends: Every other Saturday 9am to 3pm
Course Description: (PARAMEDIC COURSE)
The EMT-Paramedic program will teach and prepare you to achieve the highest level of certification for a pre-hospital provider. The course consists of an overall length of approximately 18 months which includes approximately (12) months of didactics, skills lab sessions and skills scenario evaluations followed by a (270) hour clinical internship with an assigned hospital preceptor where you will start to apply the knowledge and skills that you learned in a live patient setting. The clinical internship will be followed by a (250) hour field internship where you will ride on an EMS unit with an experienced Paramedic preceptor to further build upon the assessment, management and treatment skills developed during your classroom and clinical experiences and apply them to the out-of-hospital setting as a provider and team leader. At the conclusion of the program you must be able to demonstrate, through testing and evaluation, the competencies and skills required of the entry-level EMT-Paramedic.
The design of this program is based off the EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. The program consists of four components of instruction: didactic – skills laboratory/scenarios – clinical internship – capstone field internship. The didactic and skills laboratory/scenarios occur concurrently. After successful completion of these components the student will move onto the clinical internship followed by the capstone field internship. After successful completion of the four components the student will meet with the Program and Medical Directors to review and evaluate their terminal competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.
The emphasis of Paramedic education is based on the competence of the graduate, not the amount of education that they receive. The time involved in educating a paramedic student to an acceptable level of competence depends on many variables. The average paramedic program consists of 1000-1200 hours of instruction. This program consists of a minimum of(1008hrs.) of instruction over approximately 18 months. Course length, however, may vary according to a number of factors including, but not limited to:
The student’s basic academic skills competence
The student’s prior emergency/health care experience
Prior academic achievements
Clinical/Field/Academic resources available
Course Hours Breakdown:
Didactic: 326 hours
Skills Laboratory: 162 hours
Clinical Internship: 270 hours
Field Internship: 250 hours
Note: These hours are the minimum recommendations. Revisions to these hours may be required according to the student or course needs in order to achieve the competence of the program graduate.