Paramedicine, Diploma (PT12) Diploma


Campus Locations: Thomasville

The Paramedicine diploma program prepares students 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. Paramedics 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. The Paramedicine diploma program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today's health services field. The Paramedic diploma program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills from the EMT/EMT-I 1985/AEMT levels to a paramedic level. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure with the State Office of Emergency Medical Service and Trauma (SOEMST) as a paramedic.

Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters

Program Effectiveness Data

Entrance Date: Paramedic specific courses begin at the start of the Spring Semester each term.

Program Admission: Spring Semester

Entrance Requirements: . Refer to Admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: 18 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Applicants for the Paramedicine Program MUST have completed an approved EMT program and AEMT course. The appilcant must also hold (at minimum) a valid EMT certification (NREMT or Georgia). American Heart Association BLS certification, Physical Exam, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Toxicology will be required prior to clinical rotations.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be granted permission to take the licensing examination.

Program Final Exit Point: Paramedicine, Diploma. Eligible to apply for the National Registry of Paramedic Boards. The state of Georgia recognizes the National Registry.

Credits Required for Graduation: 61 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Program Accreditation: The Paramedicine associate degree and diploma programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33756, Phone: 727-210-2350, http://www.caahep.org, upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, Texas 75088, Phone: 214-703-8445, Fax: 214-703-8992, http://www.coaemsp.org. The Paramedicine program is approved by the Georgia Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma, 1608 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 200, College Park, GA 30349-5576, Phone: 770-996-3133, http://ems.ga.gov.

Cost
Books: $595.70
Fees: $526.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $2,621.70
Books: $351.40
Fees: $516.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $2,367.40
Fees: $351.00
Tuition: $1,300.00
Total: $1,651.00
Fees: $576.00
Tuition: $1,100.00
Total: $1,676.00
Fees: $301.00
Tuition: $500.00
Total: $801.00
Curriculum Outline (61 hours)
1: Basic Skills Courses (9 Hours) 9
ENGL 1010

Co-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels or ENGL 0090. Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

3
MATH 1012

Co-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or appropriate learning support exit point, or MATH 0090. Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

3
PSYC 1010

Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
2: Institutional Credit (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3
3: Occupational Courses (49 hours) 49
ALHS 1011

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

5
EMSP 2110

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course introduces the student to the role of the paramedic in today's healthcare system, with a focus on the prehospital setting. This course will also prepare the student to 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. Topics include: EMS Systems; Research; Workforce Safety and Wellness; Documentation; EMS System Communication; Therapeutic Communication; Medical/Legal and Ethics; Life Span Development; Public Health; Incident Management; Air Medical; Scene Size-Up; Primary Assessment; History Taking; Secondary Assessment; Monitoring Devices; and Reassessment.

3
EMSP 2120

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course expands the concepts of pathophysiology as it correlates to disease processes. This course will enable the student to apply the general concepts of pathophysiology to the assessment and management of patients in the emergency setting. Topics include: Pathophysiology.

3
EMSP 2130

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course will equip the paramedicine student with an expanded knowledge of pharmacology, as well as skills used to manage the respiratory system. Students will learn to use these advanced resuscitative skills to mitigate patient care emergencies, and to improve the overall health of the patient. Topics include: Principles of Pharmacology; Medication Administration; Emergency Medications; Airway Management; Respiration; and Artificial Ventilation.

3
EMSP 2140

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course equips the paramedicine student with an expanded knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and electrophysiology of the cardiovascular system. Students will also examine the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, and will begin to integrate advanced assessment skills (including ECG interpretation) into the assessment of cardiac patients. Topics include: Anatomy, Physiology, and Electrophysiology of the Cardiovascular System; Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease; Assessment of the Cardiac Patient; Electrocardiographic (ECG) interpretation.

4
EMSP 2310

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course will enable the student to integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for a patient experiencing a cardiovascular emergency. Topics include: Cardiovascular Emergencies and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

3
EMSP 2320

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course will enable the student to integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for a patient experiencing a medical emergency. Topics include: Medical Overview; Neurology; Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders; Immunology; Infectious Disease; Endocrine Disorders; Psychiatric; Toxicology; Respiratory; Hematology; Genitourinary/Renal; Non-Traumatic Musculoskeletal Disorders; Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat; and Assessment of Medical Emergencies.

5
EMSP 2330

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course will enable the student to integrate a comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of traumatic: cardiac arrest and peri-arrest states; shock, respiratory failure or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent arrest. This course will also include integrating 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. During this course, the student will complete a nationally recognized pre-hospital trauma course (i.e. PHTLS, ITLS, ATT, etc.). Topics include: Shock and Trauma Resuscitation; Trauma Overview; Bleeding; Chest Trauma; Abdominal and Genitourinary Trauma; Orthopedic Trauma; Soft Tissue Trauma; Head, Facial, Neck, and Spine Trauma; Nervous System Trauma; Special Considerations in Trauma; Environmental Emergencies; Multi-System Trauma; and Assessment of Trauma Emergencies

4
EMSP 2340

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course will enable the student to 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 various special patient populations. During this course, the student will also complete a nationally recognized pediatric course (i.e. EPC, PALS, PEPP, etc.). Topics include: Obstetrics; Gynecology; Neonatal Care; Pediatrics; Geriatrics; and Patients with Special Challenges.

4
EMSP 2510

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2510 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - I is the first course in a series of courses including EMSP 2520, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2550, EMSP 2560 and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

2
EMSP 2520

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2520 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - II is the second course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2550, EMSP 2560 and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

2
EMSP 2530

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2530 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - III is the third course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2520, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2550, EMSP 2560 and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

2
EMSP 2540

Pre-requisite(s): None This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2540 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - IV is the fourth course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2520, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2550, EMSP 2560 and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

1
EMSP 2550

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2550 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - V is the fifth course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2520, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2560 and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

1
EMSP 2560

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2560 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - VI is the sixth course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2520, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2550, and EMSP 2570. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

1
EMSP 2570

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission This course provides the paramedicine student with supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings. EMSP 2570 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic - VII is the last course in a series of courses including EMSP 2510, EMSP 2520, EMSP 2530, EMSP 2540, EMSP 2550, and EMSP 2560. The successful completion of all of these will result in meeting all standards required by the State Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma (SOEMST). Topics include: Clinicals.

1
EMSP 2710

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Provides supervised field internship experience in the prehospital advanced life support setting. Topics include: Field Internship.

2
EMSP 2720

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Allows opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking skills and assessment based management techniques through competency based evaluations relevant to the practice of a Paramedic. Topics include: Assessment Based Management for Paramedics.

3
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Program Chair

Paramedicine Program Chair
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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