Program Coordinator Darla Long
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.
The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.
The EMT course and Paramedicine program meet both the National and Illinois Department of Public Health educational standards.
The Lewis & Clark Community College Paramedicine 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 (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org.
Technical Standards: All students must be able to fulfill certain “technical standards”. These standards are the essential requirements of the EMT course & Paramedicine program that students must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable in the emergency medical services field. Technical standards for the students in the EMT course and Paramedicine program are listed below:
All students must possess the manual dexterity, physical stamina, and visual capacity to perform all required technical procedures.
Students must be able to communicate in an effectual manner. Students will be required to read and comprehend technical material, as well as write technical reports in a clear and concise manner. In addition, all students must be able to verbally communicate effectively with patients, coworkers, and other health care personnel.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patients’ needs and to understand instructions, emergency signals, and telephone conversation accurately. Visual and tactile ability sufficient to accurately observe and assess patients’ need for care. Detect and respond appropriately to odors to maintain environmental safety and provide for patient needs (e.g. foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath, smoke, gasses or noxious smells).
Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently.
Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment in emergency situations. Accurately evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.
Organize responsibilities, make decisions and function effectively in critical situations. Cope with strong emotions in others (e.g., grief) and provide emotional support. Adapt to changing environments and unexpected situations and respond in an emotionally controlled manner under stress.
Each applicant needs to assess his/her own ability to meet the above technical standards.
Application and Admission:
Apply for Selective Admission to the Paramedicine Program
Submit an official high school or GED transcript
Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended previously
If a high school senior, provide the following information:
- a list of senior year subjects planned
- an official transcript of the first six high school semesters
- Valid Illinois Emergency Medical Technician license
Completed NIMS 100.b & 700.a certification Academic Requirements - online training - offered for free at http://training.fema.gov/is/nims.asp
Valid class “C or B” driver’s license
Earn a cumulative GPA 2.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale from the last five years. If less than 15 credit hours have been completed at college level in the last five years, cumulative high school GPA will also be used
Qualify for ENGL-131 or ENGL-137 through the Assessment Center
- High school biology or a ‘C ‘or better in BIOL 130
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card (preferably from the American Heart Association)
Enroll in MYLC, New Student Orientation
Complete the PMED Entrance Examination through the Assessment Center. Test is comprised of basic EMT knowledge/scenarios
Make an appointment with the Program Coordinator after registering for the entrance examination
Paramedicine - PARAM.AAS
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Total: 11-12 Credit Hours
Total credit hours required for the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine: 60
Paramedicine - PARAM.CP
Certificate of Proficiency
Total credit hours required for the Certificate of Proficiency in Paramedicine: 45
Emergency Medical Technician - EMT.CC
Certificate of Completion
Total credit hours required for the Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician: 8