Career Programs Building, Room 165, 240-500-2436
This program of study is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.
Total Credit Hours: 67 credit hours.
Purpose: Prepares students to sit for the National Registry Written and Practical Examination and state licensure as Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. There is a fee for the national exam.
Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into several areas of study and experience and consists of lecture, laboratory, clinical experience, and field experience. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills of the paramedic to meet the needs of individuals in times of an emergency. Courses in general education provide the student with the scientific and social background to function as an effective person, citizen, and healthcare provider.
Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Emergency Services will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and the underlying pathophysiology of various medical and traumatic conditions.
- Explain the benefits of nutrition and exercise to the practicing paramedic.
- Apply knowledge of scene management principles in the class, clinic, and field.
- Assess the patient utilizing scene survey, physical exam, history taking, and diagnostic tools.
- Use critical thinking to manage scenes, determine proper patient care, and evaluate changing conditions.
- Apply local, state, and federal law to prehospital practice.
- Competently perform all paramedic skills safely.
- Demonstrate consistent positive behavioral characteristics (Affective Domain).
- Demonstrate collaborative skills, including communication, documentation, and teamwork, in working with others in the classroom, clinical, and field setting.
- Demonstrate effective use of equipment and resources.
- Explain the role of prehospital care in a larger context.
- Sit for the NREMT-P Examinations.
Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should inform their advisors at the earliest opportunity so that their course selection can be planned.
Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Paramedic Emergency Services Program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Registration before the first day of class.
- Current Emergency Medical Technician - B Certification
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- College placement tests in mathematics, English, and reading. Students must place at the and levels.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all program courses is required.
- Foreign educated students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or AACRAO International Education Services (IES).
- Students must be capable of performing to the technical standards of the program.
Students practice selected procedures on each other in the college EMS laboratory. All paramedic students must receive:
- A minimum grade of 70% in each paramedic course, and
- A minimum of 70% on the final exam for each course, and
- A mark of satisfactory for both the skills laboratory and clinical experiences. Students who receive a final mark of unsatisfactory in the skills laboratory or clinical experience, despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to progress in the paramedic program and will receive a final grade of “F” for the course.
Students who do not meet program or course standards that result in termination from the paramedic program are not eligible for readmission. This includes students who cannot meet safety standards, students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Conduct, and the criminal code described by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
General Education Requirements (29 Credits)
Biological and Physical Science
Social /Behavioral Science
Paramedic Course Sequence:
Program Requirements (38 Credits)
Degree Requirements (67 Credits)
Students will be admitted to the paramedic emergency services program each fall. The paramedic program is limited to 18 students per academic year and a total of 36 students in the program. This limit is based upon availability of clinical locations and the number of clinical hours required by the program. If more than 18 students apply to the paramedic program within one academic year, selection will be based on experience and previous course completions.
Criminal Background Checks
All paramedic students who are offered admission to the paramedic program will be required to submit to a complete criminal background check. A separate criminal background check may also be required by a clinical site prior to beginning a clinical experience. Criminal background check results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of the background check, and as a result, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the paramedic program.
Individuals applying to take the National Registry Paramedic exam may be required to submit to an additional criminal background check depending upon the state in which the individual seeks licensure. Reference to various state requirements are the responsibility of the student. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians provides an explanation of General Denial, Presumptive Denial, and Discretionary Denial, which can be obtained from the Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services or by consulting the National Registry website at www.nremt.org.
All paramedic students who are offered admission to the paramedic program will be required to submit to a drug screen. Drug screen results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. A random drug screen may also be requested at any time during the paramedic program if a paramedic faculty member or a clinical facility representative has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is impaired and poses a safety concern to patients or others. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of drug screen results, and as such, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the paramedic program.
Readmission to the Paramedic Program
Students who withdraw from, or fail courses in the paramedic sequence and desire readmission tot he paramedic program must submit a letter of re-entry to the Coordinator, Paramedic Emergency Services. Readmission cannot be assured and is based on progression criteria for each course and the availability of seats.
Transfer from Other Colleges
Students transferring to HCC from other colleges who seek admission as a first time student into the paramedic program must be enrolled as an HCC student. In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the same requirements as other first time students and will be selected according to the same criteria. Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be received by the application deadline. A transfer evaluation will be done on all transcripts by the Office of Admissions and Registration to determine which courses a student may transfer to HCC for credit. Required science courses that are older than seven years must be repeated.
Transfer from Other Paramedic Programs
Students transferring to HCC who have been enrolled in another paramedic program must be enrolled as an HCC student and submit transcripts from all colleges attended. A transfer evaluation will be done on all transcripts by the Office of Admissions and Registration to determine which courses a student may transfer to HCC for credit. Required science courses that are older than seven years must be repeated. In addition to the transfer evaluation, the student’s transcript will be forwarded to the Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services for an additional evaluation. An interview with the Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services, the program’s Medical Director, and a reference check from the student’s previous paramedic program may be required. A decision is then made by the Coordinator and the Medical Director as to whether the student will be admitted to the paramedic program. Any decision made by the Coordinator and the program’s Medical Director is considered final.
Transfer to Baccalaureate Program in Emergency Health Services
No more than half of the baccalaureate degree, with a maximum of 60 paramedic and non-paramedic credits, will be accepted from any community college. This program is designed as a transfer program for persons wishing to obtain their Baccalaureate Degree.
There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.