Health Professions AAS – Paramedic Science Program

Code: AAS.HP.PAR

An emergency medical technician (EMT) provides basic life support to patients in the pre-hospital environment. Paramedics bring the emergency department to the field by providing critical treatment and advanced life support — equivalent to treatments offered in the first 15-20 minutes of care in the emergency room. Paramedics and EMTs, both EMS practitioners, work cohesively to stabilize the patient’s condition during emergency transport and transfer.

The program’s curriculum employs a workforce development model. Students complete all general education courses in the first year followed by core courses in the second year. Students can also easily transfer completed general education courses that meet transfer guideline criteria. During field assignments, students fulfill externship hours on paramedic units three days per week in varied geographic response areas. Through integrated instruction, laboratory and clinical experience, students strengthen skills and bridge knowledge gaps.

Program Length: 24 months

Preadmissions: Program Admissions Exam and EMT skills screening, Active NJ EMT License

GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50

Required General Education prerequisite courses: BIO-109, BIO-209, MAT-100 elective, PSY-101, PSY-201, SOC-101, WRT-101, WRT-201 or WRT-202.

Application Deadline: February 1

Program Admits: Fall Semester

Note: This regional program utilizes clinical education sites throughout the state of NJ. Students will be required to travel to distant sites and provide their own transportation.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit a professional code of conduct.
  • Provide compassionate care to all populations while respecting cultural differences.
  • Comply with all state and federal regulation/laws for an entry-level paramedic.
  • Utilize a systematic assessment to determine appropriate modalities for medical and trauma patients of all ages.
  • Demonstrate skill proficiency in all entry-level psychomotor skills, utilizing them when clinically appropriate and at the correct time to improve patient outcomes.
  • Function as a member of the paramedic team by using effective communication and proper behavior that promotes customer service and efficient care.
  • Correctly identify potential hazards to promote a safe environment for self, coworkers, patients and bystanders.
  • Use critical thinking skills to properly manage and diffuse stressful environments.
  • Identify personal stress and utilize stress management techniques to ensure physical and emotional health.

Career Pathways

Paramedic: Hospital, Fire Department, ER  Medical Device Sales Representative 
 
 

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*  3
BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Second Semester

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

PSY-201Child Psychology

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Third Semester

PAR-101Principles of Paramedic Science I

4

PAR-102Paramedic Patient Care Techniques I

4

PAR-103Paramedic Diagnostic Methods I

3

PAR-104Paramedic Clinical Concepts I

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Winter Term

PAR-200Paramedic Cardiac and Trauma Care

2

Total Credit Hours:2

Fourth Semester

PAR-201Principles of Paramedic Science II

4

PAR-202Paramedic Patient Care Techniques II

4

PAR-203Paramedic Diagnostic Methods II

3

PAR-204Paramedic Clinical Concepts II

4

Total Credit Hours:14

Summer Session

PAR-205Paramedic Clinical Concepts III

3

PAR-206Paramedic Field Externship I

4

PAR-207Paramedic Field Externship II

2

Total Credit Hours:10

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities and Social Sciences

PSY-101General Psychology

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20

Program Requirements

PAR-101Principles of Paramedic Science I

4

PAR-102Paramedic Patient Care Techniques I

4

PAR-103Paramedic Diagnostic Methods I

3

PAR-104Paramedic Clinical Concepts I

3

PAR-200Paramedic Cardiac and Trauma Care

2

PAR-201Principles of Paramedic Science II

4

PAR-202Paramedic Patient Care Techniques II

4

PAR-203Paramedic Diagnostic Methods II

3

PAR-204Paramedic Clinical Concepts II

4

PAR-205Paramedic Clinical Concepts III

3

PAR-206Paramedic Field Externship I

4

PAR-207Paramedic Field Externship II

2

Total Credit Hours: 40

Program Support Requirements

MAT  Mathematics Elective* 3
PSY-201Child Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

*Mathematics Elective: select MAT-130 Contemporary Mathematics, MAT-150 Statistics I, or MAT-155 Finite Mathematics.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.