Paramedic

Course Description
The paramedic program covers all emergency medical concepts and techniques currently considered to be within the responsibilities of the paramedic (EMT-P) providing emergency care in a pre-hospital setting as set forth by the Unit of Emergency Medical Services of the State of Missouri. This program meets or exceeds course requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Missouri Unit of Emergency Medical Services. The education program will also cover topics related to the future trends and care methodologies in emergency medicine.

Overview of Paramedic Program
The Paramedic Education Program runs approximately twelve months in duration, consisting of a didactic (classroom and lab) phase, a clinical phase, and a field internship. Students are provided with a challenging, comprehensive education with true field and hospital experience. Students will complete a total of 1,250 “clock hours” for all three phases.

Curriculum
Role/Responsibilities
Injury Prevention – Medical/Legal issues, Ethics
Pharmacology
Vascular Access/Medication Administration
Human Development
Patient Communication & Documentation
Airway Management and Ventilation
Patient History/Physical Exam/Patient Assessment
Critical Thinking & Decision Making
Trauma Systems/Mechanism Injury
Bleeding & Shock
Soft-Tissue/Burns
Injuries
Respiratory
Cardiac Rhythm ID
Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Geriatrics
ACLS & PALS

Prerequisites/Requirements

  • Attend admission workshop
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician with experience

Personal and Physical Skills
Personal skills include sincere interest in people, ability to make judgments and decisions, work under stress, oral and written communications, meeting strict standards, and deal with people.

Physical activities include lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, standing for long periods, reaching, using hands, talking, hearing, seeing clearly up close and walking.

Related Occupations
There are some opportunities for advancement for those paramedics who want to continue working as medical professionals, but in some other capacity in the industry. Their training and experience qualify them to work as instructors, dispatchers, supervisors, operations managers, administrative directors, or executive directors of emergency services.

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level Paramedic is $30,000 (15.63 per hour) to an average of $50,000 ($26.04 per hour) for experienced workers.

Description of Profession
The paramedic provides advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care under medical command authority to acutely ill or injured patients and/or transports patients by ambulance or other emergency vehicle. The paramedic assumes the role of the leader of patient care, and must manage not only the patient, but the scene at which care is taking place. The paramedic might perform other medical services under medical direction outside the hospital environment. The paramedic should be able to:

Demonstrate an awareness of abilities and limitations.
Have the ability to relate to people.
Have the capacity to make rational patient care decisions under stress.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Applicants for admission and employment, employees and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District have assured they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in their programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District compliance with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is directed to contact the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Superintendent of Schools, Pike R-III School District, (573-485-2488).

 

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