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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

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What is Emergency Medical Services?

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.

The EMS-Paramedic Certificate Program prepares students to function in the emergency medical profession as a paramedic to deliver emergency care in a variety of environments. The paramedic primarily provides pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill and/or injured individuals while working on an ambulance, mobile advanced life support unit, industrial on-site unit, fire departments, emergency departments and other agencies. This program provides a comprehensive course of study that prepares the graduate for licensure as a Paramedic (EMTP). The curriculum is structured based on the National EMS Education Standards and regulations set forth by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). The three-phase curriculum is designed to provide the student with the cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills, and affective behaviors necessary to competently perform as a Paramedic. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Registry Paramedic Exam and may earn a certificate upon completion of the program. Enrollment in the EMS-Paramedic Certificate Program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process is followed. Students must hold current unrestricted certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Kentucky or hold a current unrestricted registration with the National Registry EMT as an EMT to be eligible for paramedic program admission.

What is an Emergency Medical Technician?

The primary focus of the EMT is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. EMT’s function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. EMT’s perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

What are my career choices?

This program prepares individuals for positions in agencies and institutions that provide emergency response services.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Certificates

*Offered on the Laurel campus, Clinton center and Russell Center.

First Year – First Term
Class Credit Hours
EMS 105 - Emergency Medical Technician 6
CPR 100 - CPR Healthcare Professionals (1)
Total 6-7

*Offered only on the Laurel campus.

Fall Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 120 - Seminar in Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
EMS 121 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Lab Skills 2
Total 6
Spring Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 125 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Clinical Experience 3
EMS 130 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Field Internship 3
Total 6

Total credit hours for certification: 12 

Applicants must be a certified KY EMT upon entering the first term. Offered only on the Somerset campus.

Prior to Admission
Class Credit Hours
BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 4
or BIO 137 and BIO 139 (8)
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology 3
Total 7 (11)
First Term
Class Credit Hours
EMS 201 - Principles of Paramedicine I 6
EMS 203 - Practicum I - Clinicals 1
EMS 204 - Paramedic Lab I 2
Total 9
Second Term
Class Credit Hours
EMS 202 - Principles of Paramedicine II 5
EMS 206 - Practicum II 3
EMS 207 - Paramedic Lab II 1
Total 9
Third Term
Class Credit Hours
EMS 205 - Principles of Paramedicine III 6
EMS 208 - Principles of Paramedicine IV 6
EMS 209 - Paramedic Lab III 2
Total 14
Fourth Term
Class Credit Hours
EMS 212 - Practicum III - Field  4
EMS 213 - Principles of Paramedicine V  2
Total 6

Total credits for certificate: 45-49

Special notes: If BIO 135 has been completed, then BIO 137/BIO 139 is not necessary.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Applicants must be a certified KY EMT upon entering the first term. Offered only on the Somerset campus.

Complete Prior to Admission:
Class Credit Hours
BIO 135 Basic Anatomy & Physiology with Laboratory 4
OR BIO 137 and BIO 139  (8)
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology 3
Total 7 (11)
First Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 201 - Principles of Paramedicine I 6
EMS 203 - Practicum I – Clinicals 1
EMS 204 - Paramedic Lab I 2
ENG 101 - Writing I 3
MAT 110 - Applied Mathematics 3
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 202 - Principles of Paramedicine II 5
EMS 206 - Practicum II 3
EMS 207 - Paramedic Lab II 1
Oral Communications 3
Digital/Computer Literacy 0-3
Total 12-15
 
Third Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 205 - Principles of Paramedicine III 6
EMS 208 - Principles of Paramedicine IV 6
EMS 209 - Paramedic Lab III 2
Total 14
Fourth Semester
Class Credit Hours
EMS 212 - Practicum III – Field
EMS 213 - Principles of Paramedicine V 2
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
Heritage/Humanities 3
Total 12
Total credits for degree: 60-64

EMS-Paramedic Admissions Point System 
Additional Costs for SCC EMS-Paramedic Program

 

EMS Application

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.

All transitional courses must be completed. 

Unrestricted KY Paramedic or NRP certification required.

Licensed paramedics will be awarded thirty-eight (38) semester credit hours upon completion of:

  1. Applying to the college of choice
  2. Submitting a letter of intent and a copy of required licensure/certification to program coordinator with validation by the Registrar
  3. Completing at least nine (9) credit hours from the degree-granting institution
  4. Meeting the 25% residency requirement for the degree granting institution and completion of the following courses:
EMS Paramedic Degree Completion
Courses Credit hours
BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy & Physiology with Laboratory OR 4
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (8)
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology 3
ENG 101 - Writing I 3
Heritage OR Humanities 3
MAT 110 - Applied Mathematics or higher level math course 3
Oral Communications (COM 181 or COM 252) 3
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
CIT 105 - Intro to Computers 3
Total credit hours 25-29

Location

EMS - Paramedic

  • Paramedic classes are held on the Somerset South campus.
  • Somerset classes are hybrid and meet on Wednesdays. A new cohort begins in January. Deadline to apply is first Friday in November.
  • Students must be an EMT in order to enter the EMS - Paramedic program. 

EMT

  • EMT classes are held on the Somerset, Laurel Campus, Clinton center and Russell Center.
  • The Advanced EMT program is offered on the Laurel Campus and Clinton Center.

Paramedic Program with Outcomes  

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.  

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 80%.  

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program.  

The most recent retention rate was 83.3%.

Technical Standards

  1. Sufficient visual acuity
  2. Sufficient auditory perception
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor skills
  4. Sufficient communication skills
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functioning

Scholarship Opportunities

For information on EMS and Paramedic scholarships, please visit the College Scholarships page for EMS and Paramedics.

Accreditation 

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 of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org 

To contact CoAEMSP:
214-703-8445
www.coaemsp.org 

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in 17 months if you maintain full-time status. This is a year round program.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Samantha Feldman

EMS - Paramedic 

Program Coordinator

(606) 451-6818

samantha.feldman@kctcs.edu

Tracey Franklin

EMS - Paramedic 

Instructor

(606) 387-3718

tracey.franklin@kctcs.edu

Tanya Cowan

EMS - Paramedic

Somerset Administrative Assistant

606.451.6764

tanya.cowan@kctcs.edu 

Kathy Howard

EMS - Paramedic

Laurel Administrative Assistant

606.878.4831

kathy.howard@kctcs.edu