Paramedic

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General Information

A Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is 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. They manage many emergencies including cardiac, respiratory, and trauma events. Paramedics are licensed to administer medication, perform and interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use other complex biomedical equipment. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health-care system.

The Paramedic education program is three semesters beyond the EMT-Basic course. The program draws its students from individuals already possessing a valid EMT state certification and having completed Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of C or better. Students must complete Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of C or better to be eligible to continue past the first semester of the paramedic core curriculum. Each student must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Paramedic classes are admitted each spring on a competitive entrance basis and may include an interview by the instructor and/or committee.

Individuals that successfully satisfy all the requirements of the Paramedic program will be awarded a Certificate from Co-Lin. To be eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree, the student must successfully complete the EMT course, all academic course requirements, and all paramedic courses.

For more information, contact the career-technical counselor at 601-446-1168.

Program Goal 

The goal of the Emergency Medical Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Special Admission Requirements

  1. Meet the general admission requirements of Co-Lin
  2. Complete an application packet for Emergency Medical Technology and submit all required documentation
  3. Must be 18 years of age upon entrance into the program
  4. High School Diploma or GED
  5. Minimum ACT score of 16 required
  6. Current American Heart Association BLS Health-care provider card
  7. Present completed Health Occupation Examination form signed by a medical doctor stating the student is medically capable of the educational and job demands of an EMT and Paramedic
  8. Present current immunization record, including proof of negative TB skin test
  9. Complete the college's Hepatitis B Policy form
  10. Interview with Program Director/Advisory Committee
  11. If accepted, complete drug and alcohol testing, criminal background check, and fingerprinting at the student's expense and based on state rules and regulations
  12. If accepted, submit to substance abuse testing at any time
  13. Must maintain a minimum grade average of 80 for continued enrollment and successful completion of the program

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312; Rowlett, TX 75088; 214-703-8445; FAX 214-703-8992; www.coaemsp.org