Paramedicine (Diploma)

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 diploma program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today's health services field. The Paramedic diploma 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 diploma core requirements prior to enrolling in the EMSP courses.

 

Program Details

  • Major Code: PT12
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 55

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 diploma.  We accept up to 50 qualified applicants per cohort group.  (See admission requirement.)

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 established by TCSG is 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/drug screen$85
Examination Fees$300
Licensing Fee$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
ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology5
EMSP 2110Foundations of Paramedicine3
EMSP 2120Applications of Pathophysiology3
EMSP 2130Advanced Resuscitative Skills3
Second Term
EMSP 2140Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts4
EMSP 2310Therapeutic Modalities of Cardiovascular Care3
EMSP 2510Clinical Applications for the Paramedic I2
EMSP 2540Clinical Applications for the Paramedic IV1
Third Term
ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I3
EMSP 2330Therapeutic Modalities of Trauma Care4
EMSP 2520Clinical Applications II2
EMSP 2550Clinical Applications V1
Fourth Term
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3
EMSP 2320Therapeutic Modalities of Medical Care5
EMSP 2340Therapeutic Modalities/Special Patient Populations4
EMSP 2530Clinical Applications for the Paramedic III2
EMSP 2560Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VI1
Fifth Term
EMSP 2570Clinical Applications for the Paramedic VII1
EMSP 2710Field Internship for the Paramedic2
EMSP 2720Practical Applications for the Paramedic3

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 must repeat an evaluation of continued competency prior to being cleared for National Registry testing.

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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

Lori Pitts
Career Advisor
lori.pitts@sctech.edu
770-467-4489
Griffin Campus
Room 107