Paramedic Courses

Ñ PARA 101 Transition to Paramedicine
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an opportunity to start learning the cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral differences between an EMT and paramedic.  Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, EMS systems, licensure/recertification requirements, medical legal, patient evaluation, radio communication, documentation, and current issues that impact the EMS profession.

PARA 120 EMS Case Studies
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an opportunity to study and manage trauma and respiratory emergencies from a case study perspective.  Trauma topics covered include shock, head, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, burns, and environmental.  Respiratory topics covered include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and embolism.

PARA 130 Paramedic Fundamentals
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (F)
Prepares the paramedic student in the basic knowledge and skills needed in the pre-hospital environment.  Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, medical legal considerations, communications, rescue and disaster operations, initial patient assessment and management, airway management and ventilation, pathophysiology of shock, and emergency pharmacology.

PARA 131 Paramedic Fundamentals Skills Lab
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk) (F)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in PARA 130.

PARA 132 Trauma
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an intense course in the pathophysiology and the management of trauma to include assessment of the trauma patient, management of head injuries, chest injuries, abdominal injuries, spinal injuries, orthopedic injuries, management of the multi-trauma patient, management of special airway problems, and current trends in trauma management.

PARA 133 Pulmonary
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an in-depth study of the anatomy of the respiratory system, its relationship to the other systems of the body, the pathophysiology of diseases of the respiratory system, and treatment modalities of pulmonary disease.  Topics included are anatomy of the respiratory system, measurements of pulmonary function, respiration and gas exchange, assessment of the respiratory system, pathophysiology and management of respiratory disorders, and principles and management of acute respiratory insufficiency.

PARA 134 Trauma/Pulmonary Lab & (PHTLS)
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk) (F)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in PARA 132 and PARA 133.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support.

PARA 135 Hospital Internship I
5 cr.  (15 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  PARA 130, PARA 131, PARA 132, PARA 133 and PARA 134. (F)
Provides the opportunity to apply, in a clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  Serves as the first stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Clinical skills addressed include patient assessment and evaluation, vital signs management, development of airway management skills, autopsy observation, development of communication skills, introduction to various skills necessary for patient care, and development of safety practices.

PARA 240 Cardiology
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an in-depth study in the pathophysiology and management of cardiovascular disease and related emergencies.  Topics include anatomy and physiology of the heart and circulatory system, basics of electrophysiology, assessment of the cardiac patient, pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, specific conditions resulting from atherosclerotic heart disease, peripheral vascular emergencies, pharmacologic intervention, dysrhythmia recognition, and specific management of cardiac emergencies.

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PARA 241 Cardiology Lab & (ACLS)
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PARA 240. (Sp)
The student practices and gains manipulative skills to satisfactorily manage the task in PARA 240.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

PARA 242 Medical
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an intense course in the pathophysiology and management of medical emergencies to include endocrine, nervous system, the acute abdomen, anaphylaxis, toxicology and substance abuse, infectious diseases, environmental, geriatric and pediatric emergencies.

PARA 243 Medical Lab
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PARA 242. (Sp)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in PARA 242.

PARA 244 Special Considerations
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an opportunity to study and manage behavioral emergencies.  Students are taught to recognize symptoms of abnormal behavior and responses.  Students learn techniques to manage the suicide patient.

PARA 245 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides the student with the opportunity to participate in normal and abnormal obstetrical problems.  Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system, assessment of the gynecologic patient, deliveries (normal, abnormal and complicated), routine care of the neonate, care of the distressed infant, neonatal emergencies, and neonatal transport are addressed.

PARA 246 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics Lab & (NRP) & (PALS)
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PARA 245. (Sp)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in PARA 245.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Neonatal Resuscitate Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

PARA 247 Hospital Internship II
6 cr.  (18 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  PARA 130, PARA 131, PARA 132, PARA 133, PARA 134, PARA 240, PARA 241, PARA 242, PARA 243, PARA 244, PARA 245, PARA 246. (Sp)
A continuation of the clinical skills initiated in PARA 135.  Provides the opportunity to apply in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  Serves as a final stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Clinical skills addressed include electrocardiology, assessment and management of acute and chronic disease, pediatric advanced life support skills, obstetrical and neonatal care, and behavioral intervention techniques.

PARA 252 National Registry Exam Preparation
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite:  PARA 253. (Su)
Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam.  It is a review of the core curriculum taught throughout 2nd and 3rd semester of the paramedic program.

PARA 253 National Registry Exam Preparation Lab
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PARA 252. (Su)
Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam.  It is a review of the psychomotor skills taught throughout 2nd and 3rd semester of the paramedic program.

PARA 254 Field Internship
8 cr.  (24 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  PARA 130, PARA 131, PARA 132, PARA 133, PARA 134, PARA 135, PARA 240, PARA 241, PARA 242, PARA 243, PARA 244, PARA 245, PARA 246, PARA 247. (Su)
Provides the opportunity to apply in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  It serves as the final stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective evaluation skills addressed include patient assessment, history gathering, treatment prioritizing, diagnostic impression, protocol knowledge, radio communication, written documentation, airway management, fluid/drug management, cardiac management, trauma/medical management, attitude, professionalism, assertiveness, team leader qualities.


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