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Paramedic

 
The Paramedic Program at Union County College is designed for working EMT's who wish to further their education and emergency intervention skills. Prospective students should have an interest in pathophysiology of disease, pharmacology, dosage calculation, and be able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment.
 
Paramedics must be confident leaders who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position. They must have excellent judgment and be able to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient. In addition, paramedics must be self-disciplined, able to establish rapport, utilize effective communication skills with patients from diverse backgrounds and different age groups, and function independently at an optimum level in a non-structured environment.
 
The program meets or exceeds the National Standard Curriculum set forth by the US Department of Transportation and adheres to New Jersey State Paramedic Regulations NJAC 8:41 and 8:41A. The program is approved and sanctioned by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Emergency Medical Services www.state.nj.us/health/ems/
 
The Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Under the authority of this Letter of Review, the Paramedic program graduates will meet the eligibility requirement of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination related to "graduation from a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic program." All other NREMT requirements for admission to the Paramedic examination must be met by the individual.
Individuals may contact CoAEMSP at: 
         8301 Lakeview Pkwy
         Suite #111-312 
         Rowlett, TX 75088 
         Main 214-703-8445 
         Fax 214-703-8992 
         www.coaemsp.org
 
The Paramedic Degree Program is intended for prospective students who desire an academic degree.
 
Prospective students must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the degree program:
 
  • Have a current New Jersey EMT and Heath Care Provider CPR certification
  • Have worked at least one year as an EMT or demonstrate appropriate experience for enrollment
  • Have a New Jersey Driver's License with clean record
PMD course enrollment requires successful completion of: 
 
  • College-entry level competency in English and Math - Completion of any required developmental English and Math courses.
  • Acquisition of hospital sponsorship from a New Jersey Department of Health approved Mobile Intensive Care Unit Hospital.
  • Submission of 2 applications for acceptance into the Paramedic Degree Program. The first is the application to Union County College. The second application is submitted to the Paramedic Program, which is then sent directly to the clinical site to obtain hospital sponsorship. The program application, directions and timeline for submission can be obtained from the Paramedic Program coordinator or Department Secretary (908-791-4917).
  • Attendance at a mandatory orientation session after being accepted by a hospital for sponsorship. The exact date for the orientation will be provided upon offering of sponsorship by a clinical site. There is no makeup session for this mandatory session.
  • Submission at the orientation session of the following: a clear criminal background check, demonstration of vaccination status, proof of two step PPD skin test, and clean 5 panel drug screen results. The fees associated with these tests are paid by the student.
  • Payment of the sponsorship fee directly to the clinical site, upon acceptance of sponsorship.

There is a Paramedic Program Procedure Manual which has policies that may differ from those in the Union County College Student Handbook in order to meet specific program and clinical sponsor requirements.

 
Upon successful completion of the paramedic program graduates will be able to:
 
  • Perform competently in the roles and responsibilities outlined in the New Jersey state paramedic scope of practice.
  • Manage pre-hospital patient care based on appropriate emergency medicine and paramedic science.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and their family members/significant others, and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in decision-making processes to improve the health and welfare of pre-hospital patients.


Paramedic Application

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Paramedic Curriculum

Fall - Semester 1

PMD 110 - Paramedic I*
BIO 105 - Anatomy and Physiology I
MAT 113 - Math Applications

Spring - Semester 2

PMD 111 - Paramedic II
BIO 106 - Anatomy and Physiology II
ENG 101 - English Comp I

Summer I - Semester 3

PMD 112 - Paramedic Clinical I

Summer II - Semester 4

PSY 101 - General Psychology

Fall - Semester 5

PMD 211 - Paramedic Clinical II - Field Experience
ENG 102 - English Comp II OR
ENG 122 - Introductory Technical and Business Writing OR
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication

Spring - Semester 6

PMD 212 - Paramedic Clinical III - Field Experience


Notes:

* Enrollment in PMD 110 requires successful demonstration of college entry-level competency in English and math. In addition, students must have sponsorship from a clinical affiliate hospital site.
**All of the general education courses listed must be completed to receive the AAS degree. Paramedic courses are sequential and are to be taken in the order listed.

 

Career Options

Graduates of the program are eligible for NJ and National Paramedic certification, which allows them to obtain employment as a Paramedic. Graduates may also transfer to a 4-year institution for continuation of a bachelor’s degree.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Applied Science Degree

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