Paramedicine - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Description

The Paramedicine Associate of Applied Science is designed for students seeking a career in emergency medical services and/or the fire service industry. The program meets or exceeds the required technical skills and knowledge necessary for national and state licensure. It is challenging and will require participants to spend between 600 and 800 hours in clinical and field settings. The program contains certification requirements at the emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic levels; students need to satisfy a computer-based and practical hands-on test through the National Registry of EMTs to complete certification.

Paramedics work in a variety of settings, including fire departments, private and public ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, emergency communication systems, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue, recreation, the US Forest Service as smokejumpers, and some rural clinical environments. Paramedics provide many services to their communities and often work in teams where communication and technical skills are expected.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply paramedic industry standards in the areas of emergency medical services operations, trauma, general medical emergencies, airway management, and cardiac care.
  2. Use medical communication effectively.
  3. Develop professional client relationships.
  4. Practice ethical and professional medical standards.
  5. Perform advanced life support safely in diverse conditions.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

Required:

  • Successfully complete the application process and be accepted into the program.

Recommended:

  • It is strongly recommended that candidates planning to enroll in the program have a strong background in high school or college math and chemistry, which will enhance the student’s success in anatomy and physiology and college-level math.

Other Entrance Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age to begin any EMT class and to be eligible test for state and national exams.
  • A current CPR for Health Care Providers card, which must remain current throughout EMT basic and paramedic classes, is required before placement into EMT or paramedic courses.
  • Uploaded and verified required immunizations as set forth in clinical agreement with St. Charles hospital system, including hepatitis B, current TB, MMR, annual influenza, tetanus within previous 10 years, varicella.
  • Prerequisite courses and those used to calculate points for selection can be found on the Emergency Medical Service page.
  • All students enrolled in an EMT or paramedic course and/or seeking agency affiliation requiring practical experience will have to pass a background check as a condition of their acceptance into a medical, fire, or other facility for training. Students who do not pass the background check may not be eligible to complete training at affiliated sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or to be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe their personal history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure or certification in their chosen field should contact the appropriate state board and the paramedicine program director.
  • Before entry into a health profession program, students must complete a 10-panel urine drug screen with Verified Credentials, Inc. With the exception of certain prescribed medications, students with a positive drug screen, which prevents them from attending clinical, will be disqualified from entering the program. See the Emergency Medical Services page and/or program handbook for more information.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

Material Costs

  • CPR for Healthcare Provider card: $79 
  • Background check: $55
  • Drug screen: $55.
  • Verified Credentials, Inc. immunization upload: $15.
  • My Clinical Exchange upload for St. Charles: $36.50
  • Immunizations: $20 to $200
  • Materials (stethoscope, field manual, uniforms, etc.): $50 to $250
  • Testing fees, including National Registry computer exams, practical skills testing, fingerprint/background, and possible travel outside the area for paramedic testing: $250 to $1,000

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Support Courses
AH 105Calculations for Allied Health (or one course from the foundational requirements math list) 13-4
Choose one of the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health
Customer Service
Business Human Relations
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Multicultural Issues in Human Services
HHP 242Stress Management3
or HHP 266 Nutrition for Health
or HHP 295 Health and Fitness
WR 121Academic Composition4
Core Courses
AH 111Medical Terminology I3
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
EMT 151Emergency Medical Technician Part A5
EMT 152Emergency Medical Technician Part B5
EMT 170Emergency Response Communication/Documentation2
EMT 171Emergency Response Patient Transport2
EMT 195Crisis Intervention for the Emergency Medical Provider3
EMT 290Paramedic Part I8
EMT 291Paramedic Part I Clinical3
EMT 292Paramedic Part II8
EMT 293Paramedic Clinical Part II3
EMT 294Paramedic Part III8
EMT 295Paramedic Clinical Part III3
EMT 296Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)1
EMT 297Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)1
EMT 298Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)1
FIRE 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
FIRE 130Rescue Practices3
Choose enough from the following to reach 4 credits: 24
Paramedic Co-op Work Experience
Paramedic Co-op Work Experience
Paramedic Co-op Work Experience
Paramedic Co-op Work Experience
Paramedic Elective:3-5
Cultural Anthropology
Microbiology
Survey of the Criminal Justice System
Advanced EMT Part I
Advanced EMT Part II
Psychology of Risk and Adventure
Applied Psychology
Mind and Brain
Mind and Society
Social Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
EMT Basic Oregon Certification
Total Credits95-99

Advising Notes

Students should contact the Admissions and Records office to obtain details for paramedic course selection and application process.

Speak with an advisor before registration for a list of recommended courses in categories that offer more than one option, such as the general education requirement.

Speak with the program director to make to understand state and national testing process for EMT and paramedic courses.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • All students will undergo drug screening, background check and immunization verification with the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College, prior to entrance into the EMT or Paramedic certification courses, at their expense. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program and the seat given to an alternate student if requirements are not initiated with the specified vendor by the due date indicated by the Paramedicine program. Students with a positive urine drug screen will be disqualified from entering the EMT or Paramedic certification courses at Central Oregon Community College, with the exception of certain prescribed medications. The program director will notify the student of positive drug screens and their resulting disqualification from the program. Students have a right to appeal the decision.
    • State requirements: 85 percent attendance in EMT or Paramedic classes; 100 percent attendance for clinical and field rotations; and students must pass the overall EMT or Paramedic class at a minimum of 76 percent to sit for state and national registry testing and certification.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed at an average of a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • Students must maintain a minimum overall 2.7 GPA to maintain enrollment in the program; students falling below an overall 2.7 GPA during the Paramedicine program will have one term to correct the deficit. Students who fail to bring their grades up may not be allowed to register the following term and complete the program. They may reapply for the following year if they meet current requirements as set in Paramedic program readmission policy. Students applying for readmission who have failed a course will have to repeat the entire program sequence.
    • Upon completion of EMT 151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A and EMT 152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B, students must pass the National Registry exam and be certified in the state of Oregon before continuing in Paramedic courses. Currently certified students do not need to retake the courses for the degree but must hold a current Oregon EMT License or higher to enter the Paramedic course. License must remain current during entire program including CWE; failure to maintain current license and CPR card will result in student removal from the program.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BI 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
EMT 151Emergency Medical Technician Part A5
EMT 170Emergency Response Communication/Documentation2
EMT 171Emergency Response Patient Transport2
FIRE 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
 Credits17
Winter
BI 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
EMT 152Emergency Medical Technician Part B5
EMT 195Crisis Intervention for the Emergency Medical Provider3
Paramedic Elective3-5
Cultural Anthropology 
Microbiology 
Survey of the Criminal Justice System 
Advanced EMT Part I 
Advanced EMT Part II 
Psychology of Risk and Adventure 
Applied Psychology 
Mind and Brain 
Mind and Society 
Social Psychology 
Introduction to Sociology 
Choose one of the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health 
Customer Service 
Business Human Relations 
Interpersonal Communication 
Small Group Communication 
Multicultural Issues in Human Services 
 Credits18-21
Spring
AH 105Calculations for Allied Health (one course from the foundational requirements math list)3-4
AH 111Medical Terminology I3
BI 233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
FIRE 130Rescue Practices3
HHP 242
Stress Management
Nutrition for Health
Health and Fitness
3
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits20-21
Second Year
Fall
If admitted/selected into the Paramedicine classes: 
EMT 290Paramedic Part I8
EMT 291Paramedic Part I Clinical3
EMT 296Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)1
 Credits12
Winter
EMT 292Paramedic Part II8
EMT 293Paramedic Clinical Part II3
EMT 297Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)1
 Credits12
Spring
EMT 294Paramedic Part III8
EMT 295Paramedic Clinical Part III3
EMT 298Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)1
 Credits12
Summer
EMT 280Paramedic Co-op Work Experience4
 Credits4
 Total Credits95-99

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