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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science
Patrick & Henry Community College

This degree program is designed for students who wish to become a Paramedic. The program prepares students with the knowledge and skill to enter the field of emergency medical services. Other courses in this program include social sciences, English, and humanities. Students who complete this program with success may apply for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification exam

Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the program will: demonstrate minimum proficiency in General Education Skills which are defined as oral communication, written communication, mathematical/problem solving, scientific reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking; demonstrate ability to apply concepts and skill required to practice as a paramedic level provider; demonstrates required clinical skill competencies to deliver appropriate client care; administer medications within the scope of practice as a paramedic provider; demonstrate acceptable workplace skills, attitudes, and behaviors; appropriately interpret ECG readings and provide ALS intervention; and demonstrate competency identifying human organs and listing specific functions of organs that make up organ systems


Program Credit Requirements
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Requirements
Required Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
67
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
67
Course AR Group 146 Plan
67
SDV 100 Requirement
1
SDV 100 Requirement
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
BIO 141/ 142 Requirement
8
BIO 141/142 Requirement
8
Earn 8 credits: Complete the following
Earn 8 credits: Use the following rules
Complete the following
Use the following rules
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
OR
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
OR
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
OR
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
AND
Complete courses from the following Course list:
ENG 111 Requirement
3
ENG 111Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
PHI 220 Requirement
3
PHI 220 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
PSY 230 Requirement
3
PSY 230 Requirement
3
Earn 3 credits: Complete the following
Earn 3 credits: Use the following rules
Complete the following
Use the following rules
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
OR
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
AND
Complete courses from the following Course list:
EMS Requirements
48
EMS Requirement
48
Earn 48 credits by completing courses from the following Course list:
HLT 105 Requirement
1
HLT 105 Requirement
1
Earn 1 credits by completing courses from the following Course:
GPA Requirement 146
0
This requires a minimum GPA of 2
Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me?
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Patrick & Henry Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?

Functional Abilities required for the program include:

  • verbally communicate in person, via telephone and telecommunications using the English language;
  • hear spoken information from co-workers, patients, physicians and dispatchers and in sounds common to the emergency scene;
  • ability to lift, carry, balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance);
  • ability to interpret and respond to written, oral, and diagnostic form instructions;
  • read road maps, drive vehicle, accurately discern street signs and address numbers;
  • read medication/ prescription labels and directions for usage in quick, accurate, and expedient manner;
  • communicate verbally with patients and significant others in diverse cultural and age groups to interview patient, family members, and bystanders;
  • discern deviations/changes in eye/skin coloration due to patient’s condition and to the treatment given;
  • document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such;
  • perform with good manual dexterity all tasks related to advanced emergency patient care and documentation;
  • bend, stoop, balance, and crawl on uneven terrain;
  • withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture.
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Program Successes & Highlights
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Patrick & Henry Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Admission Application
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College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
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Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions No special requirements; No application fee
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
29-2042.00Emergency Medical TechniciansAssess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
29-2043.00ParamedicsAdminister basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations