Paramedic Science

Paramedic Science

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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. 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. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.

Paramedic Science is an intense program designed for individuals involved in pursuing a career in the Emergency Medical Services field. The program consists of classroom lectures, practical labs and approximately 400 hours of clinical internships. Students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Examination after successful completion of the Paramedic Science core courses, only if the student has maintained a letter grade of “C” or higher in all Paramedic Science courses and credit “CR” in all Paramedic Clinical courses.

What You’ll Learn
The Paramedic possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. The student completing an Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic Science will complete, in addition to the Paramedic courses, general education courses that will better prepare the student to enter the workforce and progress to competitive job markets and management positions. See the current advising sheet for more details. 

Credits Required:  66 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Career Settings
Paramedics are employed by public and private emergency services organizations and businesses.

Potential Employers

  • Cabell County EMS
  • Jan-Care
  • Kanawha County EMS
  • Lawrence County, Ohio EMS
  • Putnam County EMS