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    Oct 19, 2018  
2016-17 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2016-17 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]


Public Safety

Emergency Medical Science Diploma - Paramedic Track (D45340)



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Paramedic Online Hybrid Track

The Emergency Medical Science Diploma curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to provide advanced emergency medical care as a paramedic for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system and prepares graduates to enter the workforce. Students will gain complex knowledge, competency, and experience while employing evidence-based practice under medical oversight, and serve as a link from the scene into the healthcare system. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take state and/or national certification examinations. Employment opportunities include providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies, hospital specialty areas, industry, educational and government agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Examine and analyze the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess the need for emergency medical care, perform appropriate medical care based on assessment findings of the patient's condition, lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury.
  2. Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system, perform the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to assessment and management of emergency patients, be able to properly administer medications, and apply effective communication with patients, peers, and healthcare professionals.
  3. Perform airway management including oxygenation and ventilation of a patient.
  4. Demonstrate a proper history and perform a comprehensive physical examination on any patient, and communicate findings to others.
  5. Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the medical patient.
  6. Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient.
  7. Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for neonatal, pediatric and geriatric patients, diverse patients, and chronically ill patients.
  8. Demonstrate integration of pathophysiological principles and analyze assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for patients with common complaints.
  9. Perform safety management principles at the scene of an emergency.

Accreditation


The Gaston College EMS Education Emergency Medical Science - 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). To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727.210.2350 www.caahep.org. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett TX 75088, Phone: 214.703.8445 FAX: 214.703.8992 www.coaemsp.org.

Admission Information


Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program MUST meet the Gaston College admission requirements. Admission to the general college does not guarantee admission to the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program.

Additional Requirements

  1. Complete an application packet for the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program and attend an information session. Notification will sent to all applicants.
  2. Provide a copy of valid driver's license.
  3. Meet with an academic advisor or program director from the Department for EMS Education.

Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program Admission Information

  1. Meet the equivalent receiving >7 score for each level or take DMA 010, DMA 020 and DMA 030
  2. Meet the equivalent completing an Essay Composite Score >151 or take DRE 097 and DRE 098
  3. Maintain an overall GPA minimum of 2.0 in college level coursework in related classes and core courses in the EMS program of study.

Students Admitted to the Emergency Medical Science Program

In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of "C" in all EMS and other related curriculum courses, applicants accepted in the Emergency Medical Science - Diploma Program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in the EMS program.

  • Attend a program orientation session.
  • Complete a Student Medical Form, provided by the Department for EMS Education, documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health.
  • Immunizations/records are required by the clinical agencies. Criminal Background Check, and drug screening.
  • Comply with current clinical affiliation agreements.

Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student will not be allowed to continue in the Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided the compliance information during an information session.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: EMS Testing, FISDAP Clinical Competency Tracking, uniforms (shirts, pants, shoes, and jacket), stethoscope, physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, and drug screening.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical, laboratory, and class activities. Clinical and EMS field internship experiences may be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, evenings, and weekends.

Students who seek credit for EMT Certification, taken through continuing education, may request to seek course credit by examination or experiential credit. Experiential credit is obtained by successfully completing the NREMT computer adaptive testing and receiving subsequent national registration as an EMT.

Note: The Paramedic Diploma is an accelerated evening/weekend program with the majority of course work online through the Internet.  The program requires students to attend campus psychomotor lab sessions, hospital clinical lab sessions, EMS field internship and testing on campus.  Students must have a computer with Internet access and e-mail capabilities to participate in this option.  Experience with online learning is expected and students should take an online course prior to applying to the Diploma track.   Upon successful completion of the program the student will qualify to be awarded a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science. Most courses in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science.

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Total Credit Hours: 11


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Total Program Hours: 48


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