PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS FOR PARAMEDICS
- National and/or local ambulance services
- Fire departments
- Flight services
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic upon successful completion of this program. This program is regionally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and CoAEMSP.
After successful completion of the AAS students may complete a Bachelor of Applied Science degree fully online.
PLAN OF STUDY
- Paramedic - AAS Degree
- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) with a thematic concentration in Emergency Medical Services Management
SPECIAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Paramedic applicants must go through a competitive entrance process, once the prerequisite courses are completed. Applications are accepted once a year (usually mid-summer).
Students must already hold a current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) card.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Normal human anatomy and physiology
- 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
- Pathophysiology and management of cardiovascular disease and related emergencies
- Pathophysiology and the management of trauma
- Normal and abnormal obstetrical problems
- Pharmacology and electrocardiology
- Recognize, assess and appropriately manage emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients prior to arrival at a hospital
- Maintain documentation of each patient care situation
- Direct and coordinate the rescue, care and transportation of patients
- Training will include classroom instruction skills, laboratory and hospital clinical practice and supervised field internships
- Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam
Job Outlook and Pay Info
Median Wage (MT)*
Median Wage (US)*
Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)
Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
Biology and/or science classes
Anatomy & Physiology classes
The abillity to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
Actively looking for ways to help people
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION
Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.