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    Jun 23, 2018  
2014-2015 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]


Public Safety

Emergency Medical Science, Paramedic, A.A.S. (A45340)



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The Emergency Medical Science 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.

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

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
  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.
  10. Apply general knowledge and understanding of managing an emergency medical services system.

Admission Information


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

Additional Requirements

  1. Meet with an academic advisor or program director from the Department for EMS Education.
  2. Provide proof of English proficiency. This may be established by making a minimum total score of six (Internet Based), 207 (computer based), or 540 (paper based) on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  3. Complete an application for the Associate Degree Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program. This form is available in Department for EMS Education, APS 104.

Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic Program Admission Information

  1. Meet the equivalent or take DMA 030.
  2. Meet the equivalent of DRE 098.
  3. An overall GPA minimum of 2.0 in college level coursework in related classes and core courses in the EMS program of study.

Competitive Admission Criteria

  1. The following criteria are used by the Department for EMS Education faculty in the selection process of qualified paramedic program applicants into the Emergency Medical Science program:
  2. Accuplacer scores.
  3. Number of general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of "C") by the end of fall semester in which the application was submitted.
  4. Grade Point Average (GPA) in required general education courses (see Program of Study).
  5. Program Application.

 

Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the Department for EMS Education Director/Emergency Medical Science Chair in consultation with the EMS Education faculty.

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 curriculum courses, applicants accepted in the Emergency Medical Science - Paramedic program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in the EMS program.

  • A completed North Carolina Community College Student Medical Form, provided by the Department for EMS Education, documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health.
  • Immunizations required by the N.C. Community College System and clinical agencies. Criminal Background Check, FBI fingerprinting, and random drug screening to 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 upon conditional acceptance into the paramedic program.

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, jacket), stethoscope, physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, FBI fingerprinting, and drug screening at a time designated by the EMS faculty.

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 morning, afternoons or evenings, and weekends.

Students who seek credit for EMT-Basic 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.

FIRST YEAR


SECOND YEAR


Total Program Hours: 66


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