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Lake Superior State University

Paramedic Technology

Program Description

Paramedics are trained to aggressively manage all types of emergency situations by providing scene control, emergency medical care and patient transport to a medical facility or trauma center. The paramedic is an integral part of the health care team, serving as an extension of the hospital emergency department. Paramedics provide a variety of skilled functions in the pre-hospital phase of patient care, often the most critical period of care. The professional paramedic is highly motivated and qualified by education and certification to provide pre-hospital care under the supervision of a physician director of the Emergency Medical Service System.

This associate of applied science degree is designed to allow current fire science and public safety students to earn a minor and obtain their paramedic certification; it also allows students to obtain paramedic certification without committing to a four-year degree. Students can be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic after the first year with little or no previous training; and as a Paramedic at the end of the second year. Graduates will be eligible to challenge state and/or national licensure examination for both EMT-Basic and paramedic license.

Degree Requirements

Paramedic Technology (44 credits)

  • EMED190 Prehospital Emergency Care I 4
  • EMED191 Prehospital Emergency Care II 4
  • EMED211 Emergency Pharmacology I 2
  • EMED212 Emergency Pharmacology II 2
  • EMED251 Advanced Emergency Care I 4
  • EMED252 Advanced Emergency Care II 4
  • EMED261 Emergency Cardiology I 2
  • EMED262 Emergency Cardiology II 2
  • EMED271 Care of Special Populations 2
  • EMED284 Advanced Skills and Situations I 3
  • EMED285 Advanced Skills and Situations II 3
  • EMED286 Paramedic Operations 2
  • EMED297 Paramedic Clinical I 2
  • EMED298 Paramedic Clinical II 2
  • EMED301 National Registry Certification Prep 2
  • EMED302 Paramedic Field Internship 4

Paramedic Support Courses (13 credits)

  • BIOL121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
  • BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
  • HLTH101 Introduction to Medical Terminology 2
  • HLTH328 Multicultural Approach Health Care 3

General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 67 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

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