About the Program

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, und​er medical oversight.

Students who successfully complete the paramedic program are eligible to sit for the National Registry exam and obtain their NRP. Additionally, 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 paramedic courses through credential assessment.

Program Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, achieve minimal competency on the Cecil College Assessments, be affiliated with an Maryland ALS company in good standing, have EMT-B certification for at least one year or primary provider for a minimum of 150 calls, and successful completion of the NRP entry exam, offered in early spring. All students are required to successfully complete AAOS Anatomy & Physiology for the Prehospital Provider with Navigate 2 online class prior to the Paramedic courses. All students will be required to meet the following technical standards:

  1. ​​Must be free of contagion and possess sufficient physical stamina with or without reasonable accommodations and mental stability to fulfill the requirements of the program and the customary requirements of the profession.
  2. Work for 8-12 hours performing physical tasks requiring physical energy without jeopardy to patient and student safety as, for example bending, lifting, turning, and ambulating patients.
  3. Perform fine movements and be able to manipulate instruments and equipment.
  4. Establish and work toward goals in a consistently responsible, realistic manner.
  5. Have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
  6. Have visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient care.
  7. Be able to lift 50 lbs.

Additionally, the majority of healthcare facilities require a background and drug screen of all students who enter their facility; therefore all healthcare career students are required to successfully complete a background check and drug screen upon entering any health professions program.

Students who are not successfully cleared will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the health professions program and thus, will not be eligible to complete the health professions program.

Completion of a student health profile and certification in healthcare provider CPR (American Heart Association) is also required prior to clinical.

Required Courses

You are required to complete the following courses:

Course Number Course Title
HEM 210 Paramedic - Preparatory Knowledge
HEM 211 Paramedic - Patient Assessment
HEM 212 Paramedic - Medical Emergencies
HEM 213 Paramedic - Traumatic Emergencies
HEM 214 Paramedic - Special Considerations
HEM 215 Paramedic - Operations
HEM 216 Clinical & Field Experience I
HEM 217 Clinical & Field Experience II
HEM 218 Clinical & Field Experience III
HEM 219 Paramedic Capstone

Program Learning Outcomes

The over-arching goal of the Paramedic program at Cecil College is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

In accordance with the requirements of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), the Paramedic program at Cecil College is pleased to report the following student/graduate achievement data in the tables below.

Paramedic Program Retention/Graduation
Three-year Average 2018 2017 2016
Retention Rate 80% No Data 78% 83%
Paramedic Program National Registry Results
Three-year Average 2018 2017 2016
National Registry/Practical Pass Rates 95% No Data 100% 91%
National Registry/Written Pass Rates 85% No Data 100% 70%1

1 Two students did not take exam.

Post-program Placement, Job or Volunteer
Three-year Average 2018 2017 2016
Post Program Job Placement Rate 85% No Data 100% 100%

Estimated Program Costs for Paramedic Students

Cecil County Government in cooperation with Cecil College, and the Cecil County Paramedic Foundation with the ongoing support from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems assist in ensuring this education can be conducted with little cost to the provider or their volunteer Fire/Ambulance Company. The estimated costs to the student/provider are:

Item Cost
Total: $1,206.90
Uniform polo shirt $25.00
Paramedic Care, Principles and Practice (Volumes 1-5) $494.00
AAOS Anatomy and Physiology for the Prehospital Provider $105.95
ACLS book $36.95
PALS book $42.50
Platinum Planner and testing $175.00
Castle Branch (background check/drug screen) $92.50
Course fees/tuition $215.00
Entrance exam $20.00

Program Accreditation & Approval

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

The Cecil College Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
(214) 709-8992 (fax)
www.coaemsp.org​

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)

The Paramedic program at Cecil College and Cecil County Department of Emergency Services is a unique partnership designed to meet the healthcare needs of Cecil County. The paramedic program is approved by Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems
653 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(800) 762-7157
www.miemss.org

National Council for State Authroization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA approved institution logo.

Cecil College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education in the member states and territories.

Supervised Clinical and Field Training Experiences

Through participation in NC-SARA and compliance with statutory regulations related to training in individual states, Cecil College is approved to offer limited, supervised clinical field experiences in 3 U.S. states to eligible students. The states include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. These are the locations currently approved for student supervised clinical and field training. Individual state regulations are subject to change without prior notice and the College does not guarantee locations for clinical and field training experiences.

Licensure Requirements

Students who successfully complete a course or program requirements for nursing, teacher education, physical therapist assistant, medical administrative professional, and paramedic will be eligible to meet the national requirements; however, Cecil College cannot confirm whether a course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in each individual state. Prospective students should contact their state for information on the applicable licensing boards to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where students are located.

Paramedic (Associate of Applied Science)

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 up to 28 credits for the EMT courses through credential assessment.

Please refer to the college catalog for a complete list of classes required for this degree.

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