Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Paramedic Studies Certificate (PARM-CC)

Location(s): Capital


CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Paramedic Certificate Program is designed for students to acquire knowledge and skills in order to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care to those individuals needing advanced life support (ALS). Graduates of the program are skilled in advanced life support necessary to meet the needs of those agencies or institutions providing emergency medical services to the community.

Classroom, simulated laboratory and clinical experiences in the paramedic program include content and practice skills related to the emergency medical care of pre-hospital patients.

Included in the curriculum are certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). Upon successful completion of the certificate program, the graduate will be qualified to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) paramedic exam for national certification as a paramedic. The NREMT certification can then be used to obtain CT licensure as a paramedic. Additional fees are required for exam and state licensure.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the paramedic program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate theoretical information relevant to the role of entry-level paramedic. The graduate will:

  • Provide advanced emergency medical care for patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system
  • Integrate the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced level patient care and transportation
  • Function as a member of the comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight
  • Perform patient care interventions including invasive and pharmacological interventions to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with acute out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies
  • Utilize knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to develop advanced patient assessment strategies

Admission to the certificate program requires current certification as a Connecticut emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), and proof of at least 50 patient contacts in the prehospital environment. Candidates will also need to pass a drug screening, background check, and entrance exam.

Students will be required to maintain a Field Internship Student Acquisition Project (FISDAP) account and have access to a portable web-enabled device for all PMD classes. PMD 211 requires 220 hours of field experience which will occur at EMS agencies around the state.

The certificate program is designed to prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) paramedic exam. After passing this exam, the graduate will be able to apply for state licensure as a paramedic.

Capital Community College’s Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: 9355-113th St. N, #7709, Seminole FL 33775. Phone: (727) 210-2350, Fax: (727) 210-2354,  Email: mail@caahep.org. Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214-703-8445, 214-703-8992 (fax), www.coaemsp.org

All courses taken in this certificate program can lead to an associate degree in Paramedic Studies program.