Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Paramedic

Healthcare Simulation Center

2006 Linn Hall

319-398-1269

www.kirkwood.edu/paramedic

Entry time
Spring

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms)

Paramedics provide the highest level 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 physician oversight. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The paramedic is a link between the scene into the health care system.

Paramedics provide advanced care in a variety of settings. Utilizing critical thinking skills, paramedics rapidly assess, treat and stabilize injured or ill patients and provide transport to or between hospitals. Settings may include ground and air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units or cardiac cath labs. Along with advanced assessment techniques, paramedics utilize medications, cardiac monitoring and interpreting, defibrillation and advanced invasive skills as guided by state and local protocols, as well as the medical direction of each service.

The Paramedic program follows the current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The standards prepare the EMT and AEMT for the more advanced scope of practice of the paramedic. This allied health program has a mandatory background check for clinical purposes.

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

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Prerequisites**

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I OR

4

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & Physiology*

 

HSC-117

Basic Medical Terminology*

2.5

EMS-300

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician*** OR

8

EMS-260

Emergency Medical Technician I AND

 

EMS-350

Emergency Medical Technician II AND

 

EMS-365

Emergency Medical Technician II Clinical

 

MAT-707

Algebra Mastery I OR

3

 

other college level math course

 

 

 

17.5

Term 2

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication*

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*

3

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II OR

4

BIO-181

Homeostatic Physiology*

 

EMS-641

Introduction to Paramedicine

3

EMS-642

Pharmacology for Paramedicine

3

 

 

16

Term 3

EMS-643

Cardiorespiratory Paramedicine

3

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

EMS-644

Paramedic Clinical I

3

EMS-645

Paramedic I

2.5

 

 

11.5

Term 4

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 & Environmental Emergencies

4

 

 

16.5

Term 5

EMS-650

Medical and Psychological Emergencies

4

EMS-651

Paramedic Fieldwork

4

EMS-652

Paramedic Clinical III

4

EMS-653

Paramedic III

1

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Humanities or History/Culture Course*

3

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

76.5

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I OR

4

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & Physiology*

 

EMS-300

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician*** OR

8

EMS-260

Emergency Medical Technician I AND

 

EMS-350

Emergency Medical Technician II AND

 

EMS-365

Emergency Medical Technician II Clinical

 

HSC-117

Basic Medical Terminology*

2.5

MAT-731

Introduction to Math*+

2

 

 

16.5

Total program credit hours

16.5

*Courses may be taken before beginning the paramedic core curriculum portion of the program, with program directors permission.
**Prerequisite courses must be taken before acceptance into the program.

***Students are recommended to take EMS-260, EMS-350 and EMS-365. EMS-300 may be taken instead.
Current paramedics may also complete the degree requirements, with credit awarded for previous EMS course work, if successfully completed prior to Summer 2016.

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