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Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic and 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 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).


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 098 as documented by ACT, placement tests, or course completion, and students must hold current state and national EMT 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.

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

Qualification Courses (must be completed before enrolling in EMTP 201) 
BLGY 230:  Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BLGY 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II  3
Program courses 
EMTP 201: Introduction to Paramedic 4
EMTP 202: Airway Management and Ventilation 2
EMTP 203: Patient Assessment 2
EMTP 204: Treatment of the TraumaPatient 3
EMTP 205: Treatment of the Medical Patient I 5
EMTP 206: Special Considerations and Assessment based Management 3
EMTP 207: Operations 1
EMTP 208: Treatment of the Medical Patient II 4
EMTP 209: Applied Practice 3
EMTP 210: Paramedic Field Experience 4
EMTP 211: Paramedic Clinical Experience 3
EMTP 212: Paramedic Assessment and Review 2
Total credits for the Certificate of Technical Studies  42
Additional required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
MATH 102: College Algebra or  3
MATH 101: Algebra for College Students   
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
  Humanities elective 3
  Psychology elective  3
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic  60
Students must be certified as an EMT by the State of Louisiana prior to being accepted into EMTP 201.  Students must test out of or complete MATH 98 before being accepted into EMTP 201.   
*For transfer to a four year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriated mathematics course.

*Students must meet prerequisites before taking course.

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health

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