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Pre-Emergency Medical Services Paramedic

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pre-Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is designed to help prepare students for admission to the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic AAS degree. Students enrolled in this CSC are not yet accepted into the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic AAS degree, but are completing their general education and prerequisite courses. After completing this CSC, students will need to apply for admission to the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic AAS degree.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic AAS degree.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: This program takes new students in the spring, summer, and fall semesters of each year. Students enrolled in this CSC are encouraged to meet with their program advisor after completing the first semester of courses. Completion of this CSC does not guarantee admission into the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic degree.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: The functional skills listed below apply to students entering the Pre-EMS Paramedic CSC, EMS – Emergency Medical Technician CSC, EMS –Intermediate CSC, EMS – Paramedic CSC, and EMS – Paramedic AAS degree. Students entering these programs must have the ability to:

  • Verbally communicate in person, via telephone, and telecommunications using the English language;
  • Hear spoken information from co-workers, patients, physicians, and dispatchers and sounds common to the emergency scene;
  • Lift, carry, and balance a minimum of 125 pounds equally distributed (250 pounds with assistance), a height of 33 inches, and a distance of 10 feet;
  • Read and comprehend written materials under stressful conditions;
  • Use a prescribed format to document patient information in writing or by entry into a computer program;
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and fine motor skills, with ability to perform all tasks related to quality patient care in a safe manner;
  • Bend, stoop, crawl, and walk on even surfaces; and
  • Meet minimum vision requirements to operate a motor vehicle within the state.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Those students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

HLT 143

Medical Terminology

3

0

3

BIO 141

Human Anatomy 
and Physiology I

3

3

4

BIO 142

Human Anatomy 
and Physiology II

3

3

4

___ ___1

Humanities/
Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral
Science Electives

3

0

3

TOTAL

22

6

24

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic 24

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1 PSY 230 is the recommended social/behavioral science elective. A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.