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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.

Program Learning Outcomes:


FORMAL COMMUNICATION (FC):
Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders Programs will be able to communicate effectively at a professional level, both orally and in writing.

USE OF EVIDENCE (UE): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders Programs will complete a Senior research project that demonstrates professional level inquiry, analysis, and presentation of a relevant issue in the field of criminal justice.

ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS (AS): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders programs will demonstrate professional level critical thinking and problem solving skills.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (PR): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders programs will demonstrate professional responsibility in teamwork, civic engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and practical applications of those responsibilities while interning in a professional setting, student projects, and group work.



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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