Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Paramedic

Healthcare Simulation Center

2006 Linn Hall

319-398-1269

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Spring

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Paramedics provide one of the highest levels of pre-hospital emergency care. 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. They 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.

Career opportunities: ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, other health care facilities.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

(Must be taken before acceptance into the program)

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

EMS-200

Emergency Medical Technician

8

HSC-117

Basic Medical Terminology

2.5

MAT-731

Introduction to Math

2

 

 

15.5

First Semester

BIO-181

Homeostatic Physiology

3

EMS-641

Introduction to Paramedicine

3

EMS-642

Pharmacology for Paramedicine

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

 

 

15

Second Semester

EMS-643

Cardiorespiratory Paramedicine

3

EMS-644

Paramedic Clinical I

3

EMS-645

Paramedic I

2.5

ENG-105

Composition I

3

 

 

11.5

Third Semester

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy

1

EMS-646

Paramedic Clinical II

4

EMS-647

Paramedic II

3.5

EMS-648

Special Patient Populations in Emergency Medical Services

4

EMS-649

Trauma and Environmental Emergencies

4

 

 

16.5

Fourth Semester

EMS-650

Medical and Psychological Emergencies

4

EMS-651

Paramedic Fieldwork

4

EMS-652

Paramedic Clinical III

5

EMS-653

Paramedic III

1

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

74.5

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