The Paramedic Program is a two-year Associate Degree program that prepares the student for service in the pre-hospital emergency medical setting. The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Course topics include emergency pharmacology, cardiology, 12 lead EKG interpretation, invasive procedures, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support. On successful completion of the course of study students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination.
Classroom instruction is comprehensive including a working knowledge of all anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes as well as competency-based instruction in assessment and management skills required for treatment of life-threatening problems in the adult, pediatric, and geriatric patient. Clinical internship requires participation in care of patients in a hospital emergency department that provides medical 86 control to Advanced Life Support providers in the field and, according to availability, Critical Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, labor and delivery suite, operating room, psychiatric, pediatric, and geriatric wards. Field internship is with local Advanced Life Support Ambulance services.
A student successfully completing the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree from the College and be eligible to take the National Registry Exam as an EMT-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.
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 85 American College of Surgeons Mississippi Committee on Trauma, through the Community/Junior College system.