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Paramedic Program Code 315311

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Paramedic students will learn to manage seriously ill and critically injured patients in the out-of-hospital setting using structured patient assessment techniques along with critical care thinking, applying emergency medical treatment protocols based on national scopes of practice, and packaging/transporting patients compliant with Wisconsin approved standards and practices.

Successful completion of the Paramedic program prepares and entitles the student to take the National Registry certification examination for Paramedics. The National Registry certification is required for licensure as a Paramedic in the state of Wisconsin.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Paramedic, Emergency Room Technician, EKG Monitoring Technician, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Technician,Cardiac Catheter Lab Technician, or other healthcare settings.

Note

. Transfer of credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis only.
. Graduates of the Paramedic technical diploma who complete the following courses with a "B" or better, meet the program benchmark scores for the Nursing-Associate Degree program, AND successfully complete the General Studies courses for the Nursing-Associate Degree program may apply to that program for advanced standing:

10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1, 3 cr.
10-543-128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2, 3 cr.
10-543-129, Paramedic to ADN Clinical, 2 cr.
10-543-130, Paramedic to ADN Skills, 2 cr.

Refer to the program information for Nursing-Associate Degree on this website for benchmark scores and required General Studies courses.
. Graduates of the Paramedic technical diploma who complete their coursework with a "C" or better and meet the program benchmark scores for the Fire Medic program, may qualify for advance standing within the Fire Medic Associate Degree program.

Program Outcomes

. Prepare for incident response and EMS operations.
. Integrate pathophysiology principles and assessment findings for a variety of patient encounters.
. Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters.
. Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors.
. Demonstrate professional behavior.
. Meet Wisconsin state and national competency requirements for paramedic credentialing.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Currently licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of Wisconsin.
. Maintain a current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card on a two-year renewal cycle to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Students are required to complete their field experience throughout the duration of the program that would permit the completion of field experience necessary to qualify for licensure.
. First priority for admission is given to applicants sponsored by a Wisconsin licensed ambulance service. Unsponsored applicants are admitted after all sponsored students are admitted.
. Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, life, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Paramedic technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-531-911 EMS Fundamentals
2
* 10-531-912 Paramedic Medical Principles
4
* 10-531-913 Adv. Patient Asses. Principles
3
* 10-531-914 Adv. Pre-Hospital Pharmacology
3
* 10-531-915 Paramedic Respiratory Mgt.
2
* 10-531-916 Paramedic Cardiology
4
* 10-531-917 Paramedic Clinical/Field 1
3
* 10-531-918 Adv. Emergency Resuscitation
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
22
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-531-919 Paramedic Medical Emergencies
4
* 10-531-920 Paramedic Trauma
3
* 10-531-921 Special Patient Populations
3
* 10-531-922 EMS Operations
1
* 10-531-923 Paramedic Capstone
1
* 10-531-924 Paramedic Clinical/Field 2
4
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
38

Curriculum Note
*No final grade lower than a “C” is acceptable in any courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
Students who enter the program with limited Emergency Medical Service experience will be strongly encouraged to complete 10-531-103, EMS Field Internship (72 clinical hours).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-531-911 EMS FUNDAMENTALS ...this course provides the paramedic student with comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, safety, well-being, legal issues, and ethical issues, with the intended outcome of improving the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community. The students will obtain fundamental knowledge of public health principles and epidemiology as related to public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness/injury prevention. Introducing students to comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations will foster the development of effective written and oral communications with colleagues and other health care professionals. (Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Paramedic or Fire Medic program; completion of Health Assessment; Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-912 PARAMEDIC MEDICAL PRINCIPLES ...this course addresses the complex depth of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of major human systems while also introducing the paramedic students to the topics of shock, immunology, and bleeding. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-913 ADVANCED PATIENT ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES ...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. By utilizing a structured and organized assessment process with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life span development, and changes that occur to the human body with time, the students will learn to develop a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning, along with the ability to modify the assessment as necessary to formulate a treatment plan for their patients. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-914 ADVANCED PRE-HOSPITAL PHARAMACOLOGY ...this course provides the paramedic student with the comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology required to formulate and administer a pharmacological treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-915 PARAMEDIC RESPIRATORY MANAGEMENT...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patient airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages. Specific knowledge pertaining to the respiratory system is also provided to ensure the student is prepared to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a respiratory complaint. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-916 PARAMEDIC CARDIOLOGY ...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a cardiovascular complaint. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-917 PARAMEDIC CLINICAL/FIELD 1 ...this course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in the current semester)

10-531-917 ADVANCED EMERGENCY RESUSCITATION ...by teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) methodologies and protocols, this course prepares the paramedic student in the integration of comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest states with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent respiratory and/or cardiac arrest if possible. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-919 PARAMEDIC MEDICAL EMERGENCIES ...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a medical complaint. (Prerequisites: completion of prior semester coursework; Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-919 PARAMEDIC TRAUMA ...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for an acutely injured patient. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-921 SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS ...this course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with special needs. Gynecological emergencies, along with special considerations in trauma are also included within this course. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-922 EMS OPERATIONS ...this course provides the paramedic student with the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and EMS personnel safety. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-923 PARAMEDIC CAPSTONE ...this course provides students with a final opportunity to incorporate their cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills through labs and scenario-based practice and evaluations prior to taking the National Registry written and practical examinations. Technical skills attainment (TSA) for each student will be compiled and/or documented within this course as required by the DHS-approved paramedic curriculum. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)

10-531-924 PARAMEDIC CLINICAL/FIELD 2 ...this course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course. Successful completion of this course requires the student to meet all clinical and field competency requirements at the paramedic level as defined by WI DHS EMS. (Corequisites: all 10-531-XXX courses in current semester)