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2012-2013 Catalog 
    
    Jan 20, 2021  
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Prehospital Basic Life Support, Letter of Recognition


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Career Programs Building, Room 165, 240-500-2436

Award: Letter of Recognition in Prehospital Basic Life Support

Total Credit Hours: 11 credit hours.

Purpose: Prepares students for work in the Emergency Medical Services field. Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the Maryland and National Registry certification tests.

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 EMT to meet the needs of individuals in times of an emergency.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Letter of Recognition in Prehospital Basic Life Support will be able to:

  1. Identify patients in need of emergency medical care.
  2. Provide basic life support for medical and trauma patient.
  3. Determine the most appropriate transport of patients to primary care facilities.
  4. Communicate effectively with patients in various “Special Populations.”
  5. Demonstrate safe and effective application of all required EMT skills.
  6. Successfully integrate knowledge and skills in a prehospital setting while being monitored by a preceptor.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • College placement tests in mathematics, English, and reading, with a minimum placement in ENG 098 
  • 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
  • English as a Second Language students may require other testing to verify English language competency
  • 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 EMS laboratory. All paramedic students must receive:

  1. A minimum grade of 70% in each course.
  2. 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 cannot complete the program due to Affective Domain issues 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.

Other state-mandated requirements must be met in order to qualify for state certification testing.

Letter of Recognition Requirements (11 Credits)


Criminal Background Checks


A criminal background check may 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 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

Drug Screen


Students may be required by a clinical site 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 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.

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