Paramedic Certificate Program
The Department's Paramedic certificate program prepares students for careers in pre-hospital
emergency medicine and enables graduates to be employed as field paramedics in a variety
of settings, such as fire-rescue departments, private ambulance services and aero-medical
services, to name a few. The program can be completed in three to four semesters,
depending on the student’s desired course load. Advanced EMT is pre-requisite to
the program. Other information pertinent to this program is described below.
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75088
fax (214) 703-8992
The following chart reflects the Department of EMS Education’s three-year student success averages that were reported to our accrediting body, CoAEMSP.
University of South Alabama
Written Exam Success Average
Practical Exam Success Average
|3 Year Average||77.8%||98%||76%||77.8%|
Program of Study – 3 semesters
|EMS 212 Foundations of Paramedicine||3|
|EMS 214 Paramedic EKG||3|
|EMS 216 Paramedic Assessment & OPS||3|
|EMS 217 Paramedic Clinical Internship I||3|
|EMS 240 Special Populations||3|
|EMS 242 Paramedic Emergency Care I||3|
|EMS 244 Paramedic Emergency Care II||3|
|EMS 245 Paramedic Skills Labs||1|
|EMS 247 Paramedic Clinical Internship II||2|
|EMS 295 Paramedic Skills Labs||6|
|EMS 297 Comprehensive Review & Exam||1|
The State of Alabama mandates the National Registry of EMT's examination at the EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic levels of practice. Only those students who have met all academic requirements of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Registry examination.
In accordance with State EMS regulations, each student must be a state licensed Advanced EMT prior to beginning his or her paramedic instruction. All other criteria for progression and completion will be listed in each course syllabus and will be mandatory.
Students are responsible for all personal healthcare expenses, including those resulting from injury or illness, while engaged in learning experiences required by the department. Students will be required to show proof of health insurance or a signed waiver while in the program. Students must show proof of all required immunizations.
Students are responsible for all travel expenses to and from clinical and field internship sites. Students are responsible for the purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies for their internships. Students must maintain current Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification and Advanced EMT licensure throughout the program of study.
In some communities, Paramedics provide a large portion of the out-of-hospital care and represent the highest level of out-of-hospital care. In communities that use emergency medical dispatch systems, Paramedics may be part of a tiered response system. In all cases, Paramedics work alongside other EMS and healthcare professionals as an integral part of the emergency care team. The Paramedic's scope of practice includes invasive and pharmacological interventions to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with acute out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies.
Emergency care is based on an advanced assessment and the formulation of a field impression.
The Paramedic provides care designed to minimize secondary injury and provide comfort to the patient and family while transporting the patient to an appropriate healthcare facility. The Paramedic has knowledge, skills, and abilities developed by appropriate formal education. The Paramedic has the knowledge associated with, and is expected to be competent in, all of the skills of the EMR, EMT, and AEMT. The major difference between the Paramedic and the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is the ability to perform a broader range of advanced skills. These skills carry a greater risk for the patient if improperly or inappropriately performed, are more difficult to attain and maintain competency in, and require significant background knowledge in basic and applied sciences.
The Paramedic is the minimum licensure level for patients requiring the full range of advanced out-of-hospital care. The scope of practice is limited to advanced skills that are effective and can be performed safely in an out-of-hospital setting with medical oversight.
The Paramedic transports all emergency patients to an appropriate medical facility. The Paramedic serves as part of an EMS response system, ensuring a progressive increase in the level of assessment and care. The Paramedic may make destination decisions in collaboration with medical oversight. The principal disposition of the patient encounter will result in the direct delivery of the patient to an acute care facility.
In addition to emergency response, Paramedics often perform medical transport services of patients requiring care within their scope of practice.
- Airway and Breathing
- Perform endotracheal intubation
- Perform percutaneous cricothyrotomy
- Decompress the pleural space
- Perform gastric decompression
- Pharmacological Interventions
- Enteral and parenteral administration of approved prescription medications
- Access indwelling catheters and implanted central IV ports for fluid and medication administration
- Administer medications by IV infusion
- Maintain an infusion of blood or blood products
- Medical/Cardiac Care
- Perform cardioversion, manual defibrillation, and transcutaneous pacing