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Paramedic Program

Course Description:

The program meets the requirements for education of Paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and required by the State of Wisconsin DHS 110. The curriculum provides the student with information about the recognition, assessment and management of acute and chronic changes in physiology, presenting physical signs and symptoms of illness and injury, emotional and psychological symptoms or reactions to the stress of acute illness or injury, psychomotor, psychosocial and psychosexual growth and development as it pertains to the pre-hospital care of the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.  In addition, the curriculum covers the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities with which they assume as students and later as practitioners, radio principles and protocols for communicating. Students will learn in the laboratory sessions to assess a patient and utilize clinical skills along with critical thinking skills to properly manage care of the patient in the pre-hospital setting. During the clinical and field internship portions of the program the student is allowed to apply learned theory and clinical skills while under the direct observation and guidance of a preceptor. Students will also have a terminal competency assessment conducted near the conclusion of the course to evaluate their overall performance.

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of the classroom lectures, demonstration/return demonstration labs, independent readings, hospital-based clinical rotations, supervised field internship, and course exams, the paramedic graduate will be able to demonstrate competency and mastery in terminal competencies outlined in the Program Summative Assessment.

  1. Prepare for Incident response and EMS operations.
  2. Integrate patho-physiological principles and assessment findings to provide appropriate patient care.
  3. Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters.
  4. Communicate effectively with others.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior.
  6. Meet state and national competencies listed for paramedic credentialing.
  7. Performing a patient assessment, recognizing alterations from health, setting patient care priorities, and coordinating their efforts with those of other agencies that may be involved in the care and transportation of the patient.
  8. Establishing rapport with the patient and significant others to decrease their state of anxiety and meet their emotional as well as physical needs.
  9. Recording and communicating data to the designated medical command authority.
  10. Initiating and continuing emergency care to the Basic Life Support and/or Advanced Life Support level as required by the written standards established by the Project Medical Director and under direction of approved physicians.
  11. Directing the maintenance and preparation of emergency care equipment and supplies.

Admission requirements:   

Students must be 18 years of age, a high school graduate (GED accepted) and must hold a valid license as an EMT or higher issued by the State of Wisconsin. In addition, the student must provide one year of documented experience as an EMT (preferred).


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