2015-16 College Catalog

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Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

Application Code 132

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

This area of study prepares graduates to provide immediate care for the critically ill or injured at the site of an emergency. Emergency care is maintained during transport of patients to hospital settings. Instruction includes classroom and clinical experience. Successful completion of the area of study leads to eligibility to take state and national certification examinations in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.  Graduates are employed by fire and rescue organizations, hospitals, private ambulance companies and other health care agencies. Current EMT-B certification* and all required prerequisite courses must be verified for enrollment in EMSP-160, along with proof of experience as an EMT-B as outlined by Code of Maryland (COMAR) regulations.

General Education Core

English Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition


Arts & Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH-105Fundamentals of Public Speaking


Social & Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSYC-101General Psychology


Biological & Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I



BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology


BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I



Course NumberTitleCredits
-Mathematics Core Course


Required Courses Related to Major

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II


EMSP-160Prevention and Management of Emergency Situations


EMSP-200Airway, Patient Assessment, and Trauma Management


EMSP-205Medical Emergencies I


EMSP-210Medical Emergencies II


EMSP-215Medical Emergencies III


EMSP-230Paramedic Internship and Evaluation


HEAL-105Drug Calculations


Total Credit Hours: 65

*For information on obtaining EMT-B certification, contact the office of Admissions and Advising or the program director for Emergency Medical Services. 

A grade of “C” or better is required in paramedic, mathematics, and science courses.

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, the safety/well-being of the paramedic, and medical/legal and ethical issues which are intended to improve the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community.
  2. 2. Integrate a complex depth and comprehensive breadth of knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems.
  3. 3. Integrate comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations into the written and oral communication with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  4. 4. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of pathophysiology of major human systems.
  5. 5. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of life span development.
  6. 6. Apply fundamental knowledge of principles of public health and epidemiology including public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness and injury prevention.
  7. 7. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology to formulate a treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient.
  8. 8. Integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patient airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages.
  9. 9. Integrate scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression; this includes developing a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning to modify the assessment and formulate a treatment plan.
  10. 10. Integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for a patient with a medical complaint.
  11. 11. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of cardiac arrest and peri-arrest states, and integrate a comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent arrest.
  12. 12. Integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression to implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for an acutely injured patient.
  13. 13. Integrate assessment findings with principles of pathophysiology and knowledge of psychosocial needs to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for patients with special needs.
  14. 14. Apply knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure safe patient, public, and personnel safety.
  15. 15. Perform a comprehensive history and physical examination to identify factors affecting the health and health needs of a patient; formulate a field impression based on an analysis of comprehensive assessment findings, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology; relate assessment findings to underlying pathological and physiological changes in the patient’s condition; integrate and synthesize the multiple determinants of health and clinical care; and perform health screening and referrals.
  16. 16. Communicate effectively in a manner that is culturally sensitive and intended to improve the patient outcome.
  17. 17. Perform, safely and effectively, all psychomotor skills within the National EMS Scope of Practice Model and state Scope of Practice at this level.
  18. 18. Function as a role model of exemplary behavior including, but not limited to: integrity, empathy, self-motivation, appearance/personal hygiene, self-confidence, communications, time-management, diplomacy, respect, patient advocacy, and careful delivery of service.
  19. 19. Perform basic and advanced interventions as part of a treatment plan intended to mitigate the emergency, provide symptom relief, and improve the overall health of the patient, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and modify treatment plan accordingly.
  20. 20. Report and document assessment findings and interventions; collect and report data to be used for epidemiological and research purposes.
  21. 21. Perform a patient assessment, and develop a treatment and disposition plan for patients with complaints.
  22. 22. Function as the team leader of a routine, single patient advanced life support emergency call.
  23. 23. Ensure the safety of the rescuer and others during an emergency.