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2011 - 2012 General Catalog



Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic

Paramedics perform advanced medical assessment, stabilization, and treatment of patients in emergency situations on scene and during patient transport to a hospital.

The Bossier Parish Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


To prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domain, who
meet state and national expectations within the profession.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective written, electronic, and verbal communication with patients and other healthcare providers to effectively convey, collect, and document patient assessment and treatment information;
  2. critical analysis of scene and patient assessment that leads to an accurate field impression and appropriate application of therapeutic interventions in response to medical and trauma emergencies;
  3. application of mathematical operations in the calculation of medication dosage and the interpretation of graphs and data;
  4. behaviors consistent with the NAEMT code of ethics; and
  5. the ability to perform those treatment and intervention skills appropriate to the role of the paramedic.

Specific Requirements:

Selection for the program is based on grade point average for qualification courses and submission of a complete program application by the established deadline. Students applying for paramedic program courses must submit all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section), pass a drug/alcohol screen, undergo a comprehensive background check, pay a clinical fee, and meet all additional Bureau of EMS and clinical site requirements.

Prior to beginning program classes, students must test out of READ 099 and MATH 097 as documented by ACT, placement tests, or course completion, and students must hold current state and national EMT Basic credentials.

Paramedic program classes are offered as both a day and evening program. Paramedic training is intense involving over 1,000 hours of didactic, laboratory, clinical, and field training.

Advanced standing into specific EMTP courses may be granted to students who have successfully completed paramedic training, hold current Paramedic certification from the National Registry of EMTs and the State of Louisiana and have a minimum of 3 years experience as a paramedic. Credit will be granted upon successful completion of all courses in the Paramedic curriculum and submission of required documentation. All other graduation requirements must be met.

Upon successful completion of the Paramedic program courses, a student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians- Paramedic exam and apply for State certification.

Required courses for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic:

Qualification courses (must be completed before enrolling in EMTP 201)
BLGY 224: Human Anatomy 3
BLGY 224L: Human Anatomy Lab 1
BLGY 225: Human Physiology 3
Total qualification course hours: 7
Program Courses
EMTP 201: Introduction to Paramedic 4
EMTP 202: Airway Mgt/Ventilation 2
EMTP 203: Patient Assessment 2
EMTP 204: Treatment of the Trauma Patient 3
EMTP 205: Treatment of the Medical Patient I 5
EMTP 206: Special Considerations 3
EMTP 207: Operations 1
EMTP 208: Treatment of the Medical Patient II 4
EMTP 209: Applied Practice 3
EMTP 210: Field Experience 4
EMTP 211: Clinical Experience 3
EMTP 212: Assessment and Review 1
Total credit hours for Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic: 42

Additional courses that must be completed to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic:

Program courses
*ENGL 101: Composition & Rhetoric I 3
*ENGL 102: Composition & Rhetoric II 3
Humanities Elective 3
*MATH 102: College Algebra 3
Psychology Elective 3
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
Total additional course hours: 18
Total credit hours for Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic 60

*Students must meet prerequisites before taking course.

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