The Paramedic Program is a four-semester Associate Degree program that prepares the student as a competent entry-level paramedic who can serve their community with advanced life support care. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic examination.
Course topics include EMS Operations, medical and traumatic emergencies, cardiology and advanced life support skills such as vascular access, medication administration, 12 lead EKG interpretations and advance airway procedures. Students will also receive instruction in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and pre-hospital trauma life support.
The paramedic program consists of three distinct parts: 1. Classroom: Instructor lead discussion to provide the student with knowledge of medical and traumatic emergencies across life span of the patients we serve. 2. Laboratory: Additional instruction and practice for development of the psychomotor skills necessary for basic and advanced life support. 3. Clinical and Field internships: Where the student will fine tune the concepts taught in the classroom and laboratory under the guidance of professional preceptors during live patient contact. Clinical internships will be conducted during each semester at hospitals in our region. Field internships will be conducted at Advanced Life Support EMS services in our region.
A student successfully completing the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree from EMCC and be eligible to take the National Registry Exam as a Paramedic. This training program is sanctioned by the Mississippi State Board of Health. The course meets or exceeds those standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation. The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Paramedic Certificate Program Option: An optional pathway to obtain certification is to become a Paramedic through the EMCC Certificate program. By following the Certificate route, the student is required to meet the prerequisites for the program. They must then complete the three-semester Paramedic program. Upon successful completion of the program the Paramedic candidate will receive a certificate which will certify the candidate to take the National Registry exam for Paramedics.
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The 135-hour course is offered by the State Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, with the cooperation of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the American College of Surgeons Mississippi Committee on Trauma, through the Community/Junior College system.