Paramedic

A.A.S. / Certificate

Program Information

Career Community: Healthcare
Degree Type: A.A.S. or Certificate
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Paramedic A.A.S.?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR A.S.S. DEGREE: 63
EXPECTED HOURS FOR CERTIFICATE: 43

The Paramedic A.A.S. degree prepares AEMTs to use critical thinking skills to provide medical treatment for patients with illness or injury-related disease. The Paramedic provides medical care for patients, performing skills in a variety of settings including pre-hospital, emergency departments, critical care units and cardiac catheter labs.

What is Paramedic Certificate?

Paramedic training is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and psychomotor skills) and a blend of clinical/field experience. Upon successful completion of the Paramedic Certificate courses, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry’s written and practical examinations.  Upon successful completion of those examinations and other licensure requirements, the student will be eligible for the State of Tennessee Paramedic license. The Paramedic renders basic and advanced life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illnesses and continues this treatment while transporting these patients to the hospital.

What can I do with this degree?

There are many employment opportunities within the EMS field, including fire departments, police departments, hospitals, and ambulance services (both public and private). Some EMTs find work in the corporate or industrial world (like on an offshore oil platform) and others supplement their full-time employment by offering their services as an independent contractor for things like sporting events or film shoots.

A few of the many EMS-related career opportunities include

  • Ambulance EMT or Paramedic
  • Firefighter
  • Search and Rescue (SAR) Medic
  • Ski Patrol Medic
  • Critical Care or Flight Paramedic
  • EMS Instructor
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Program Outcomes

“To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/orEmergency Medical Responder levels.”

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Perform a comprehensive patient assessment
  • Deliver medications according to protocols
  • Deliver life-saving interventions according to protocols
  • Manage patient care while providing safe transportation to appropriate medical facilities
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences which could include: patients families/friends or other public safety and medical professionals
  • Apply knowledge acquired from the program’s general education requirements in a variety of non-clinical roles such as management, education, etc…

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov. A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

  • EMSP 1311 – Paramedic Clinical I (3 credits)
  • EMSP 1401 – Paramedic Skills Lab I (4 credits)
  • EMSP 1801 – Fundamentals of Paramedic I (8 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • EMSP 2402 – Paramedic Skill Lab II (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2412 – Paramedic Clinical II (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2802 – Fundamentals of Paramedic II (8 credits)
  • EMSP 2303 – Paramedic Practicum (3 credits)
  • EMSP 2403 – Paramedic Capstone (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2513 – Paramedic Field Internship (5 credits)
  • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • ART 1035 – Introduction to Art (3 credits)
    • MUS 1030 – Introduction to Music (3 credits)
    • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)

Paramedic Certificate

  • EMSP 1311 – Paramedic Clinical I (3 credits)
  • EMSP 1401 – Paramedic Skills Lab I (4 credits)
  • EMSP 1801 – Fundamentals of Paramedic I (8 credits)
  • EMSP 2402 – Paramedic Skills Lab II (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2412 – Paramedic Clinical II (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2802 – Fundamentals of Paramedic II (8 credits)
  • EMSP 2303 – Paramedic Practicum (3 credits)
  • EMSP 2403 – Paramedic Capstone (4 credits)
  • EMSP 2513 – Paramedic Field Internship (5 credits)

Accreditation Information

Cleveland State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
www.coaemsp.org

Paramedic Outcomes

2022 Graduates

Program Type: Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science Degree

National Registry Pass Rate: 95%
      First attempt pass: 55%
      First 3 attempts pass: 80%
      Overall attempt pass: 95%
Attrition: 4.8%
Retention: 95.2%
Job Placement: 95%

CoAEMSP

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