This program is designed to prepare students as paramedics. The program is approved by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services; and the curriculum adheres to the 1998 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. The content includes, but is not limited to, the six divisions of the DOT Curriculum: pre-hospital environment, preparatory, trauma, medical, OB/GYN/neonatal, and behavioral emergencies.
The Paramedic provides emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients in primarily the pre-hospital setting under a physician`s direction. Reinforcement of basic skills in English, Mathematics, and Science appropriate for the job preparatory programs occurs through vocational classroom instruction and applied laboratory procedures or practice. The Paramedic performs Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Life Support (ALS) procedures. ALS procedures include venipuncture and initiation of intravenous fluids, administration of medications, interpretation of electrocardiograms, defibrillation, and endotracheal intubation. All of the advanced life support skills are performed under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician.