Paramedic

Two paramedic students practice resuscitation techniques on a mannequin.

Paramedic

Subject Area: Health Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma

Minimum Credits: 48 Diploma; 64 Associate of Applied Science

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall

Contact email: janeckes@nicc.edu

Description

Emergency medical technician-paramedics, working under the direction of a physician (often through radio communication), recognize, assess and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients in pre-hospital and emergency care settings. EMT-paramedics work principally in advanced life-support units and ambulance services under medical supervision and direction. Some EMT-paramedics are employed by community fire and/or police departments, work for private companies or may be community volunteers.

The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.

Paramedics work with other highly trained individuals to provide quality emergency care in the least amount of time. The AAS degree is an option for both current and potential paramedics. Paramedic training includes classroom instruction, clinical instruction, and field training.

The Northeast Iowa Community College Paramedic program meets all requirements as outlined in the United States Department of Transportation and the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. The NICC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs can be contacted at:

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
727.210.2350

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions can be contacted at:

4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd
Suite #305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
817.330.0080

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, program applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirement on a basic skills assessment for placement in reading. A skill-developing activity is available at no cost for those who do not meet the minimum requirements on the first testing. A current State of Iowa EMT certification is required.

The College has contracted the services of Certified Background to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:

  • Background check - includes a nationwide criminal history search and child, dependent adult and sex offender registry checks. Background checks will be evaluated per the College's Background Check policy. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.
  • Health records - physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
  • Training - CPR (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer), mandatory reporter of child and dependent adult abuse, HIPAA and blood borne pathogens.
  • Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post incident/accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance free throughout the program.

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.

Academic Requirements

Diploma

View the printable Ed Plan..

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
EMS:242 Paramedic Level I 13.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
EMS:243 Paramedic Level II 14.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
EMS:245 Paramedic Level III 12.0
* Communication Elective 3.0

 *Electives

Communication Electives: ENG:105, ENG:106, SPC:112

 

Associate of Applied Science

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
EMS:242 Paramedic Level I 13.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
EMS:243 Paramedic Level II 14.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
EMS:245 Paramedic Level III 12.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:157 Human Biology 4.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
* General Education Electives 6.0

*Electives

General Education Electives: Transfer-level ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CLS, COM, DRA, ECN, ENG, ENV, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHS, POL, PSY, REL, SOC, SPC

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

Employment Information

With an average annual income of $24,835 - $48,796 and a projected growth of 7.7%, the career outlook for Paramedic graduates is growing.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness

Experience/Skills/Personality Traits (Adopted from the National Standard Curriculum)

Even though the paramedic is generally part of a two-person team generally working with a lower skill and knowledge level EMT, it is the Paramedic who is held responsible for the ultimate patient outcome and safety of all providers involved. A paramedic must not only be knowledgeable about medications but must be able to apply this knowledge in a practical sense.  

The paramedic must also be capable of providing advanced life support emergency medical service to patients including conducting of and interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), electrical interventions to support the cardiac functions, performing advanced endotracheal intubations in airway management and relief of pneumothorax and administering appropriate intravenous fluids and drugs under direction of off-site designated physician.

The Paramedic is a person who must not only remain calm while working in difficult and stressful circumstances, but must be capable of staying focus while assuming the leadership role inherent in carrying out the functions of the position. Good judgment along with advanced knowledge and skills are essential in directing other team members to assist as needed.  The Paramedic must be able to provide top quality care, concurrently handle high levels of stress, and be willing to take on the personal responsibility of the position. This includes not only all legal ramifications for precise documentation, but also the responsibility for using the knowledge and skills acquired in real life threatening emergency situations.

The paramedic must be able to deal with adverse and often dangerous situations which include responding to calls in districts known to have high crime and mortality rates.  Self-confidence is critical, as is a desire to work with people, solid emotional stability, a tolerance for high stress and the ability to meet the physical, intellectual and cognitive requirements demanded by this position.

Physical Demands

Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds (not all units require patient moving responsibilities). Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patient’s, the paramedic’s and other worker’s well-being must not be jeopardized.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois
Anamosa Ambulance
Area Ambulance
AMT Transport of Iowa
AMT of Peoria
Clinton Fire Department
Covenant Paramedic Services
Davenport Fire Department
Dubuque Fire Department
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
Guttenberg Ambulance Service
Lady Luck Casino EMS
Med-Flight, Lacrosse, WI
Medic EMS
Monticello Ambulance
Mercy Oelwein Ambulance Service
Northeast Iowa Medical, Inc.
Paramount EMS
Regional Medical Center
Tri-State Regional Ambulance
Veteran’s Memorial Hospital Ambulance
Waterloo Fire Department
Waverly Health Center Ambulance
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Cedar Falls, IA

Sample Job Titles

Paramedic
NREMT-P
Paramedic Supervisor
Director of Operations of Paramedic Services

Additional Information

Students will have the opportunity to become student members of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association.

View the Paramedic Policy Manual.

Program Progression

Students must successfully complete coursework with a C or above in order to proceed in the program. Students must have a current EMT or AEMT certification to enter into the Paramedic program. Students enrolled in the paramedic program must successfully complete Paramedic I to advance to Paramedic II and must successfully complete Paramedic II to advance to Paramedic III. If a student fails either Paramedic I, Paramedic II or Paramedic III, the student is required to repeat the program starting with Paramedic I.

Paramedic Required Hours

Paramedic I

Classroom:152
Labs: 64
Clinical: 72

Paramedic II

Classroom: 136
Labs: 64
Clinical/Field: 168

Paramedic III

Classroom: 80
Labs: 32
Clinical/Field: 336

Paramedic Clinical and Field Sites

Unity Point – Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
Allen Hospital – Waterloo, IA
Waterloo Fire Department – Waterloo, IA
Dubuque Fire Department – Dubuque, IA
Paramount EMS – Dubuque, IA
Medic EMS – Davenport, IA

Accreditation

The NICC EMT-Paramedic program meets all requirements as outlined in the United States Department of Transportation and the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic National Standard Curriculum.

The NICC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs can be contacted at:

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756
727.210.2350

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions can be contacted at:

4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd
Suite #305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
817.330.0080

Contacts

Sandy Neyen
Paramedic Clinical Coordinator
563.556.5110, ext. 493
neyens@nicc.edu

Sam Janecke
EMS Program Director
563.556.5110, ext. 186
janeckes@nicc.edu