Curriculum

Paramedic students practice airway management techniques in the skills lab.

The 34- to 42-semester-hour Paramedic Certificate Program includes lecture, lab, and internship experiences that prepare you to provide pre-hospital care to emergency patients. You’ll acquire the knowledge, psychomotor skills, attitudes and personal behaviors you need to function in the role of entry-level paramedic. Courses teach you to administer advanced life support, including IV initiation, endotracheal and nasotracheal intubation, drug administration by various routes, electrocardiogram interpretation, defibrillation, cardioversion, non-invasive pacing, and pleural decompression. Download our catalog.

Degree Plan

Credit HoursLecture HoursLab HoursExt. HoursContact Hours
Prerequisite requirement
EMT certification  5*
Transcripted anatomy/physiology coursework or
passing score on the anatomy/physiology competency exam
3*
Mini-semester I
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3 2 2 0 64
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3 2 2 0 64
EMSP 2544 Cardiology 5 5 0 0 96
EMSP 2160 Clinical - EMS 1 0 0 3 48
Total semester hours 12 9 4 3 272
Mini-semester II
EMSP 2534 Medical Emergencies 5 4 2 0 96
EMSP 2430 Special Populations 4 3 2 0 80
EMSP 2161 Clinical - EMS 1 0 0 3 48
Total semester hours 10 7 4 3 224
Mini-semester III
EMSP 2338 EMS Operations 3 2 2 0 64
EMSP 2143 Assessment Based Management** 1 0 2 0 32
EMSP 2362 Clinical - EMS 3 0 0 9 144
EMSP 2563 Clinical - EMS (field) 5 0 0 15 240
Total Semester Hours 12 2 4 24 480
GRAND TOTAL HOURS: 42* 976

 * Students who have previous EMT and Anatomy & Physiology coursework/experience will receive 8 hours credit for these two classes after completing the Paramedic class.

 ** EMSP 2143 - Assessment Based Management is the capstone experience.

Graduation Requirements

The academic performance requirements are rigorous. To complete the program, you’ll be required to demonstrate competency in knowledge and comprehension, psychomotor skills, and professional behavior. Each didactic course has a final written exam that requires a passing score of 75 percent, and quizzes with a 75-percent average. In addition, graduation requires successful completion of:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)
  • A research paper
  • A community service project
  • Lab assignments
  • Final practical examination
  • Final comprehensive examination
  • Clinical and field objectives
  • Professional behavior competencies
  • All basic and advanced skills exams