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Paramedic (AS) Public Safety Total Units: 50.25
Term Effective: Fall 2019

Description:

The Paramedic program provides technical and practical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the California Administrative Code to gain licensure as a paramedic by the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority. Students must be 18 years of age and be a California Certified EMT (Title 22, Section 100157) to enter the program.

The paramedic functions as an extension of the emergency department physician. The paramedic is responsible for the assessment, treatment and stabilization of the sick or injured patient utilizing advanced life support equipment and techniques at the scene of the incident and en-route to the medical facility. Specific responsibilities include: patient interviewing, physical examination, critical decision making, cardiac monitoring and interpretation, defibrillation, intravenous therapy, drug therapy, intervention in emotional crises and advanced airway management. Functional job analysis mandates a paramedic must be in good physical condition and able to lift, carry and balance objects in excess of 125 lbs. They must be able to receive and interpret oral and written communications in a timely manner.

Employment of Paramedics by the year 2010 is expected to be above the average growth for all occupations primarily because of the rapidly expanding aging population. Recent surveys show that there is more demand for Paramedics, who are usually placed as soon as they complete required licensure because of their advanced training and experience.

A Paramedic certificate is also available.

Certification Note:
All public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for licensure (refer to CA Health and Safety, Title 22, Section 100178.1).

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Complete the National Registry written exam;
  2. complete the National Registry Skills Exam; and
  3. demonstrate professional behavior consistent with criteria for employment as a licensed paramedic in the state of California.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Paramedic (AS) program are:

  • Complete 50.25 units from
    • Paramedic Major Prerequisites
    • Paramedic Major Core Requirements

Paramedic Major Prerequisites - complete 11.75 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
ANAT 40 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
EMC 103 Emergency Medical Technician5.50
EMC 109 Introduction to Paramedic0.25
EMC 114 Basic Arrhythmia Recognition Course2.00
 
Paramedic Major Core Requirements - complete 38.50 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
EMC 131A Paramedic Clinical Practicum 12.00
EMC 131B Paramedic Clinical Practicum 23.00
EMC 133A Paramedic Theory 1A - Preparatory9.50
EMC 133B Paramedic Theory 1B - Trauma Emergencies2.50
EMC 133C Paramedic Theory 2A - Medical Emergencies8.00
EMC 133D Paramedic Theory 2B - Pediatric and other Emergencies3.50
EMC 134 Paramedic Field Practicum10.00

Term Effective: Fall 2019

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Paramedic - effective Fall 2018
Paramedic - effective Fall 2015
Paramedic - effective Fall 2014
Paramedic - effective Fall 2012
Emergency Medical Tech-Paramedic - effective Fall 2005
Emergency Medical Tech-Paramedic - effective Fall 2002

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Notes:

Student's participating in the program must have the following:

High school diploma/GED
Current EMT- 1 certificate
Current health care provider CPR certification
Current immunizations (MMR, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, negative TB Skin test)
Evidence of good health verified by a physical examination
Background clearance

EMC program staff registers students into EMC 133A through D and 131A after enrollment is complete. Students are unable to enroll independently.
EMC 109 is taken in the Spring before the Paramedic Academy begins. Enrollment into EMC 109 is based on approval from EMC Program.
EMC 133A begins in early August and continues into Fall semester. EMC 131A is a co-enrollment with EMC 133A.

Outside coursework for EMC 114 and ANAT 40 may be accepted for application to the Paramedic Academy. Determination of acceptance is made on a case by case basis. Prospective students should review the student learning objectives for each course and compare them to the outside coursework prior to taking the class(es).

ANAT 58 may be considered as a substitute for ANAT 40

Contact
Information
Phone Email Website
(707) 836-2907
ahsieh@santarosa.edu
Public Safety