The Paramedic curriculum is a rigorous 15 to 18-month sequence of instruction. This program is for students who have worked as EMTs for at least 6 months at full-time capacity, or the equivalent part-time experience (960 hours), wishing to become paramedics. The first three quarters are didactic (classroom) instruction, meeting two days a week. During the second quarter of didactic instruction students will concurrently attend hospital specialty rotations (operating room, obstetrics, etc.) The final quarters include the emergency department hospital rotations and an ambulance field internship. Students may opt to take the emergency department hospital rotations while concurrently attending didactic to shorten the overall time spent for program completion.
The curriculum exceeds state law requirements by providing instruction based upon the U.S. DOT National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and the Paramedic Instructional Guidelines, Title 22 Chapter 4, Paramedic Basic Scope of Practice, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, National Registry of EMTs paramedic examinations, and studies of current nation-wide protocols and expanded practices.
Graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement and are qualified to apply to the State for paramedic licensure. Licensure is a legal requirement to work as a paramedic in California.
Program Learning Outcomes
• Graduates will become knowledgable in multiple areas of anatomy and pathophysiology of various illness and injury which will help the paramedic to provide competent patient care.
• Graduates will have outstanding clinical assessment and skills.
• Graduates will meet or exceed the requirements for state licensure in California.
The program prepares students for employment as paramedics working for ambulance services, fire department agencies, air ambulance medical operations, and hospital emergency departments.
Units required for Major: 70
Units required for Certificate: 58
Optional Associate Degree Requirements:
Perspective paramedic employees have a much higher success rate of employment into the fire service, and 9-1-1 service with an Associates degree in paramedicine. We encourage prospective students to look into this option and consider long term career planning.
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 57, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Certificate of Achievement (55 units)
• BIOL 40A, B and C (15 units)
*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or better in the recommended sequence. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core courses for the degree or certificate. It is also recommended that the courses be taken in sequence.
AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
• Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria and application to the program can be found on the Paramedic Program website. http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/paramed/
• High school diploma or GED certificate.
• Current BLS (CPR) AHA Healthcare Provider or ARC Professional Rescuer certification.
• Possess a current EMT-1 License.
• A minimum of six months full-time OR equivalent part-time experience with an EMS provider agency (960 hrs)
• Meets the National EMS Educational Technical Standards available at: http://www.ems.gov/EducationStandards.htm
• MATH 105 or higher or equivalent
• BIOL 40 A, B and C or equivalent
• One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
Core Courses: (58 units)
FallParamedic Certificate of Achievement - (58 Units)
EMTP 60A Paramedic Cognitive & Affective IA (9 units)
EMTP 60B Paramedic Cognitive, Psychomotor & Affective IB (3 units)
AHS 50A Introduction to Allied Health Programs (1.5 unit)
EMTP 61A Paramedic Cognitive & Affective IIA (9 units)
EMTP 61B Paramedic Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIB (3 units)
EMTP 63A Paramedic Hospital Specialty Rotations (1 unit)
AHS 50B Interprofessional Patient Competencies (0.5)
EMTP 62A Paramedic Cognitive & Affective IIIA (9 units)
EMTP 62B Paramedic Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIIB (3 units)
EMTP 63B Paramedic Hospital Emergency Department Rotations (3 units)
EMTP 64A Paramedic Ambulance Field Internship I (8 units)
EMTP 64B Paramedic Ambulance Field Internship II (8 units)
The Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.Academic Year: 2014-2015Current status: ApprovedLast update: 2014-04-24 16:22:52
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