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Paramedicine

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Paramedicine program is designed to provide advanced techniques of emergency care, stabilization, and immobilization of victims of illness and injury. The techniques of emergency care include but are not limited to assessment, detailed physical examination, recognition and documentation of signs and symptoms of illness and injury, critical thinking and diagnosis intervention, and the evaluation of the interventions. The techniques of assessment include but are not limited to electrocardiograph rhythm identification, administration of oxygen, defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing, and advanced airway techniques. The techniques for immobilization of the victim include but are not limited to the use of specific immobilization devices, peripheral intraosseous and central intravenous techniques, and preparation and care during transportation.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5513
Total Credits Required
47.5-62.5
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  2. Explain and demonstrate common techniques of emergency medical care, including assessment and stabilization of the patient.
  3. Identify and treat emergencies related to basic electrocardiograph (ECG) arrhythmias according to the American Heart Association standards and guidelines and local protocol.
  4. Perform the procedures unique to pediatric and neonatal transport.
  5. Describe the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved Paramedic drug box.
  6. Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy and use of MAST (medical anti-shock trouser) suit.
  7. Identify and treat behavioral emergencies.
  8. Identify and treat medical emergencies including diabetic, environmental, toxicological, obstetric and genitourinary emergencies.
  9. Administer parenteral medications.
  10. Identify and treat respiratory emergencies.
  11. Describe the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects, and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved Paramedic drug box.
  12. Identify and treat cardiovascular emergencies including (ECG) electrocardiographic interpretation.
  13. Classify the types of medical emergencies and identify appropriate treatment protocols.
  14. Perform a Primary and Secondary Survey including medical history.
  15. Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy for patients in emergency situations.
  16. Identify diagnostic characteristics of soft tissue injuries and appropriate treatment processes.
  17. Describe and demonstrate the planning and preparation process for emergency incidents using Incident Command Systems (ICS).
  18. Define the role and responsibilities of emergency response and operations for the Emergency Paramedic.
  19. Perform the procedures unique to pediatric and neonatal transport.
  20. Identify and treat central nervous system emergencies.
  21. Identify and explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention.
  22. Describe the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, and incident management systems by identifying all relevant steps for first responders.
  23. Identify and treat central nervous system emergencies.
  24. Define commonly used medical terminology in the health care setting.
  25. Demonstrate effective communications skills with hospital personnel and with team members, patients and others at the scene of an emergency.
  26. Describe the structure and basic physiology of the human body.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

$36,200

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Admission Criteria

Prior to being considered for and accepted into the program, students must complete specified exams and an oral interview with the EMT/FSC department. Additionally, students must have a recommendation from a referring agency. Finally, students should seek department advisement on completing program prerequisites prior to acceptance into the program.

Prerequisite

EMT101 or current validation in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer or permission of Program Director.  EMT/FSC104 or Arizona State EMT Certification or equivalent or Arizona State Paramedic certification or equivalent or permission of program director.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EMT235 Basic ECG Rhythm Analysis and Interpretation in the Emergency Setting RC 3
EMT236 Pharmacology in an Emergency Setting RC 3
EMT240 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) RC 2
EMT242 or
EMT265
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers: Advanced RC 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EMT245 or
EMT246
Trauma Management I or Trauma Management II RC 2–4
EMT272AA Advanced Emergency Medical Technology RC 12.5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EMT272AB Advanced Emergency Medical Technology RC 12.5
EMT272LL Advanced Emergency Medical Technology Practicum RC 7.5
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=98144).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019