Programs

Paramedicine (Degree)

Program Description
The goal of the Paramedicine Applied Associate in Science degree program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) domains, enabling licensed graduates to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. The Paramedicine degree program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today's health services field. The Paramedic degree program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills from the EMT/EMT-I 1985/AEMT levels to a paramedic level. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure with the State Office of Emergency Medical Service and Trauma (SOEMST) as a paramedic. Students are encouraged to complete the degree core requirements prior to enrolling in the EMSP courses.

Program Details

  • Major Code: PT13
  • Award Level: Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 67

Note: Criminal background checks and drug screens are required by licensing agencies and clinical affiliates.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements and are classified as learning support or provisional status must take the prescribed learning support courses prior to registering for any of the EMSP courses or general core courses.

Students applying for admission to the Paramedicine diploma or degree programs must have a current EMT, EMT-I, or AEMT certification or licensure. Students with EMT or EMT-I certification/licensure will be updated on the advanced EMT modules in the first-term courses.

Students may be required to complete secondary evaluations of general education competency and/or career-oriented personality traits for purposes of evaluating the predictability of such instruments for success in the EMS related programs.

Prospective students wishing to transfer from another technical college, or returning students who have been away from the program for more than two years, must complete a competency exam for each EMSP course transferred or carried forward. Students who have been inactive from a program for more than five years will need to complete the entire complement of EMSP courses unless they are currently licensed as paramedics.

Students must be registered by an advisor during or following a mandatory program orientation.

Prospective students already certified or licensed as paramedics who wish to complete degree requirements may receive up to 41 credit hours of experiential credit with documentation of a current national paramedic certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Licensed paramedics not currently nationally registered may receive experiential credit upon becoming nationally registered. Students must complete remaining degree requirements and complete a minimum of 18 credit hours at Southern Crescent Technical College in order to be awarded the degree.

Candidate Selection and Prerequisite Requirements

Currently there is no competitive admission process for the Paramedicine program.  We accept up to 50 qualified applicants per cohort group and classes are filled on a first come/first served basis.  (See Admission Requirements.)

Public Safety Employment Awareness Statement

A criminal history will not hinder a student from receiving a certificate, diploma, or degree in a Public Safety program from Southern Crescent Technical College; however, a student with a criminal background may be denied employment in the public safety field.

Note: Criminal background checks and drug screens are required by licensing agencies and clinical affiliates.

Grading Standards

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.  The grading scale is established by TCSG as follows:

A = 90 to 100

B = 80 to 89.99

C = 70 to 79.99

D = 60 to 69.99

F = Less than 60

Grade averages are not rounded up.

Note:  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must complete all clinical requirements before field internships may be scheduled and prior to completion of the EMSP 2720 final exit exam. Completion of field internships that are delayed by more than one term following completion of the final exit exam must repeat an evaluation of continued competency prior to being cleared for National Registry testing.

Readmission Policy

Prospective students wishing to transfer from another technical college, or returning students who have been away from the program for more than two years, must complete a competency exam for each EMSP course transferred or carried forward. Students who have been inactive from a program for more than five years will need to complete the entire complement of EMSP courses unless they are currently licensed as paramedics.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

ItemCost
Textbooks$400
Uniforms$100
Background check/drugscreen$85
Certification Costs$300
Licensure Cost$75

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

TermCourseTitleCredits
First Term
BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I1
EMSP 2110Foundations of Paramedicine3
EMSP 2120Applications of Pathophysiology for Paramedics3
EMSP 2130Advanced Resuscitative Skills for Paramedics3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective - Choose One3
MATH 1111, MATH 1100*, MATH 1101*, OR MATH 1103
Second Term
BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II1
EMSP 2140Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts4
EMSP 2310Therapeutic Modalities of Cardiovascular Care3
EMSP 2510Clinical Applications I2
EMSP 2540Clinical Applications IV1
Third Term
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric3
EMSP 2330Therapeutic Modalities of Trauma Care4
EMSP 2520Clinical Applications II2
EMSP 2550Clinical Applications V1
Fourth Term
Social/Behavioral Sciences elective - Choose One3
ECON 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111
EMSP 2320Therapeutic Modalities of Medical Care5
EMSP 2340Therapeutic Modalities for Special Patient Populations4
EMSP 2530Clinical Applications III2
EMSP 2560Clinical Applications VI1
EMSP 2570 Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VII1
Fifth Term
Humanities/Fine Arts elective - Choose One:3
HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
General Core elective: (Required)3
Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, II or IV (See Gen Ed Table)
EMSP 2710 Field Internship for the Paramedic2
EMSP 2720 Practical Applications for the Paramedic3

*Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Note:  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must complete all clinical requirements before field internships may be scheduled and prior to completion of the EMSP 2720 final exit exam. Completion of field internships that are delayed by more than one term following completion of the final exit exam must repeat an evaluation of continued competency prior to being cleared for National Registry testing.

Note: Students enrolling in the Paramedicine program have the potential for routine or unplanned exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious body material pathogens in the normal conduct of student instructional activities. For further information please visit http://www.dtae.org/dtaepolicy/docs/04-03-17.html. 

Accreditation:The Paramedicine Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs in accordance with standards established by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs.  Outcomes data for the program is outlined below:

National Registry Cognitive Exam Results (three year average):

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National Registry Practical Exam Results (three year average):

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Retention Rate by cohort group:

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Attrition is largely due to personal issues that interfere with a student being able to complete program requirements with their cohort group.  These issues may be economic, social, or employment related.  Students who are not successful academically are afforded opportunities to retake failed courses in order to achieve their academic goals.

 

Positive Placement by cohort group:

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Most students entering the paramedic program are employed in the field already.  Those who are not generally become employed within the first two semesters of the program.  Graduates maintain their employment status routinely, although the specific employer may change.  This assists us in maintaining high positive placement rates.

 

CAAHEP

The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedicine Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 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
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Main: (727) 210-2350
http://www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlettt TX 75088
Main: (214) 703-8445
Fax: (214) 703-8992
http://www.coaemsp.org

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Program Faculty

Director/Instructor
Lynette McCullough
lynette.mcullough@sctech.edu
770-229-3488
Griffin Campus
Medical Building Room 313

Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
James Anderson
james.anderson@sctech.edu
770-412-4595
Griffin Campus
Medical Building 113

Career and Academic Planning

Tyreece Echols
Career Advisor
tyreece.echols@sctech.edu
770-467-4489
Griffin Campus
Room 107