Paramedic (Associate of Applied Science)

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: EMTR
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. The Paramedic program in Cecil County contains 720 contact hours of theoretical and clinical instruction, resulting in eligibility to sit for the paramedic exam. Students who wish to continue their education and work towards an Associate of Applied Science degree and who have current, unencumbered paramedic certification may be able to receive credits for the EMT courses through credential assessment.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111 or
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
General Biology [S] and
General Biology Lab or
Principles of Biology I [I] and
Principles of Biology I Lab [I]
4
BIO 208 and
BIO 218
Human Anatomy and Physiology I [S] and
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
4
BIO 209 and
BIO 219
Human Anatomy and Physiology II [S] and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
EGL 101 College Composition [E] 3
EGL 211 Technical Writing 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
PSY 201 Human Growth and Development [SS] 3
SPH 121 Interpersonal Communications [H] 3
ELECT Elective 1

Requirement of Major (28 Credits)

Course Title Semester Credits
Paramedic - Preparatory Knowledge Fall 5
Paramedic - Patient Assessment Fall 3
Paramedic - Traumatic Emergencies Spring 5
Paramedic - Medical Emergencies Fall 5
Paramedic - Special Considerations Spring 4
Paramedic - Operations Spring 3
Paramedic - Clinical /Field Requirements Summer 3

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assign priority levels of emergency treatment to patients and effectively perform all basic and advanced interventions as part of a treatment plan intended to mitigate the emergency, provide symptom relief, and improve overall health of the patient and evaluate the plan and treatment and disposition of the patient accordingly.
  • To function as a team leader of a routine, single patient advanced life support call.
  • Perform in cooperation with medical direction, the need for emergency medical care including the recognition of life-threatening disorders such as airway and respiratory problems, cardiac dysrhythmias, traumatic injuries, and mental health emergencies, to an appropriate care facility by the most effective means of transportation.
  • Demonstrate with proficiency the management of cardiac arrest and peri-arrest states and apply comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent cardiac arrest.
  • Communicate effectively, professionally and in a culturally sensitive manner, with patients, colleagues and other health care professionals, in all written and oral communications.
  • Perform with safety and efficiency all psychomotor skills in accordance with the National EMS Scope of Practice and the State of Maryland Scope of Practice at the paramedic level.
  • Perform and direct routine maintenance and preparation of emergency care equipment and supplies at the beginning and end of each shift and after every response.