May 23, 2019  
2019-20 Catalog 
    
2019-20 Catalog

Paramedicine


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Program Coordinator Darla Long

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics 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.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Paramedicine Program

  1. Perform basic and advanced life support technical skills as an entry level paramedic
  2.  Use problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills as an entry level paramedic
  3. Exhibit behaviors, attitudes, and responsibility consistent with the professional judgment and ethics of an entry level paramedic
  4. Successfully pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and/or Illinois professional licensure exam

Student Learning Outcomes for the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

  1. Complete, comprehend, and apply the skills and knowledge of  all aspects of the Emergency Medical Technician class
  2. Successfully challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam in order to obtain a State of Illinois Emergency Medical Technician License

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:

  1. All students must possess the manual dexterity, physical stamina, and visual capacity to perform all required technical procedures.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently.

  5. Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills and critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment in emergency situations. Accurately evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.

  6. 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 for the EMT course:

  • Apply to L&C
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript

  • Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended previously

  • Qualify for ENGL 131 or ENGL 137 through the L&C Assessment Center

  • BLS CPR card (preferred prior to the beginning of class)

  • 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

Application and Admission to the Paramedicine Program: 

  • 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

Academic Requirements:

  • 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 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

First Year


Total: 12 Credit Hours


Total: 14 Credit Hours


Total: 7 Credit Hours


Second Year


Total: 16 Credit Hours


Spring Semester


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

First Year


Total: 9 Credit Hours


Total: 14 Credit Hours


Summer Semester


Total: 4 Credit Hours


Second Year


Total: 13 Credit Hours


Spring Semester


Total: 5 Credit Hours


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


 

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