EMS - Paramedic
(47 credit hours)
|ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED
|EMS-Paramedic AAS Degree
(63-67 credit hours)
|EMS-Paramedic AAS Degree Completion|
Tracey Franklin, Program Coordinator
Paramedic classes are held on both Somerset South and Laurel North campuses. Somerset classes are hybrid with lecture on Monday. A new cohort begins every January. Laurel classes are Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. A new cohort begins every August.
Students must be an EMT in order to enter the program. EMT classes now offered on Laurel campus!
Modern emergency medical services (EMS) can trace its roots back to the 1960’s. This is when a formal curriculum and scope of practice was designed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since then, EMS has grown exponentially in education and in scope of practice.
As a mixture of public safety and healthcare, EMS requires a unique knowledge of field operations, anatomy and physiology, emergency procedures, and critical thinking skills. The paramedic is currently the highest skill set and level of training within EMS. Paramedics today can intubate, defibrillate, start intravenous lines for medication administration, start interosseous lines, perform needle decompression, and much more. The paramedic performs these skills autonomously, operating under standing orders approved by a physician.
- Sufficient visual acuity
- Sufficient auditory perception
- Sufficient gross and fine motor skills
- Sufficient communication skills
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functioning
Paramedic Completion Program-Earn your Associates Degree
Current nationally certified paramedics can participate in our online degree completion program earning college credits for their paramedic training to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree.
For information on EMS and Paramedic scholarships, pleas visit http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/health/ems.htm.
Zoll Scholarship - Deadline is April 14, 2017
Get information about the Zoll Scholarship here.
NOTES: The 2015 Somerset Cohort graduated with 100% first time cognitive National Skills testing. Also, all active students are currently employed at various EMS agencies.The Somerset Community College EMS-Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
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