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2012-2013 Catalog 
    Jan 26, 2021  
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paramedic Emergency Services, EMT-I to EMT-P Bridge, Certificate

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Carer 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: Certificate in Paramedic Emergency Services

Total Credit Hours: 24 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 Certificate in Paramedic Emergency Services will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and the underlying pathophysiology of various medical and traumatic conditions.
  2. Explain the benefits of nutrition and exercise to the practicing paramedic.
  3. Apply knowledge of scene management principles in the class, clinic, and field.
  4. Assess the patient utilizing scene survey, physical exam, history taking, and diagnostic tools.
  5. Use critical thinking to manage scenes, determine proper patient care, and evaluate changing conditions.
  6. Apply local, state, and federal law to prehospital practice.
  7. Competently perform all paramedic skills safely.
  8. Demonstrate consistent positive behavioral characteristics (Affective Domain).
  9. Demonstrate collaborative skills, including communication, documentation, and teamwork, in working with others in the classroom, clinical, and field setting.
  10. Demonstrate effective use of equipment and resources.
  11. Explain the role of prehospital care in a larger context.
  12. Sit for the NREMT-P Examinations.

Admission Requirements
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 by the first day of class.

  • Current Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Certification
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • College placement tests in mathematics, English, and reading. Students must place at the   and MAT 098  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)
  • Students must be capable of performing to the technical standards of the program

Program Requirements
Students practice selected procedures on each other in the college EM EMS laboratory. All paramedic students must receive:

  1. A minimum grade of 70% in each paramedic course
  2. A minimum of 70% on the final exam for each course
  3. A mark of satisfactory for both the simulation 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 by the Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services 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.

EMT-I to EMT-P Bridge Certificate Course Sequence

Selection Criteria

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. Admission is also based on interviews conducted by the Medical Director and faculty members of the Paramedic Emergency Services Program.

Technical Standards

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.

Please see the Paramedic Emergency Services Degree Admission Requirements 

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