Paramedic     (2011-2012)

The paramedic curriculum is a rigorous 12 to 18-month (four to six quarters) sequence of instruction, with entry in the fall quarter only. This course is designed for students who have worked as EMTs for at least 6 months at full-time capacity, or the equivalent part-time experience (960 hours), wishing to become paramedics. The first three quarters are didactic (classroom) instruction, meeting twice a week. Also, during the second quarter of didactic instruction students will concurrently attend hospital specialty rotations (operating room, obstetrics, etc.) The final quarters include the emergency department hospital rotations, and the ambulance field internship. Students may opt to take the emergency department hospital rotations while concurrently attending didactic to shorten the overall time spent for program completion.
The curriculum exceeds state law requirements by providing instruction based upon The U.S. DOT National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and the Paramedic Instructional Guidelines, Title 22 Chapter 4 Paramedic Basic Scope of Practice, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, National Registry of EMTs paramedic examinations, and studies of current nation-wide protocols and expanded practices.
Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a career certificate and are qualified to apply to the state for paramedic licensure. Licensure is a legal requirement to work as a paramedic in California.

Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate will be a paramedic with outstanding clinical abilities who will provide a high level of compassionate patient care that is thoughtful and intelligent in its approach.
Graduates will perform as competent, entry-level EMT-Paramedics.
Career Opportunities
The program is designed to prepare students for employment as paramedics working for ambulance services, fire department agencies, fixed & rotary wing medical operations, and hospital emergency departments.
Units required for Major: 135.5
Units required for Certificate: 85.5

Associate Degree Requirements:
OPTIONAL ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND REQUIREMENTS:
The Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of the following core courses. General education courses are not required. We encourage prospective students to look into this option and consider long term career planning. Please call (650) 949-6950 for counseling information.
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108, 17 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
All Foothill General Education requirements (30 Units)
Certificate of Achievement (85.5 Units)
BIOL 40A, B and C (15 Units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or better in the recommended sequence. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificates. It is also recommended that the courses be taken in sequence.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
APPLICATION INFORMATION:
Date AVAILABLE: August 1st at our web site: http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/paramed/
Application DEADLINE: May 31st
Applicants will be considered for admittance to the program for the following September class. Applicants who have previously applied must submit a new application and accompanying materials. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by the 3rd week of June.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence, applications, and transcripts for admission should be directed to: Charlie McKellar
Foothill College /Paramedic Program
4000 Middlefield Road, Suite I
Palo Alto, CA 94303

COUNSELING: Please contact the Counseling appointment desk at (650) 949-6950 to make an appointment or you may use the online appointment system on the Counseling website at: http://www.foothill.edu/transfer/counseling.html

PREREQUISITES:
High school diploma or GED certificate.
Current BLS (CPR) certification.
Possess a current EMT-IA certificate or EMT-1 with transport module or equivalent.
A minimum of six months full-time OR equivalent part-time experience with an EMS provider agency (960 hrs)
Meet technical standards.
MATH 220 or equivalent college level course within the past three years or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College placement test (Testing Office 650/949-6958)
Eligible for ESLL 25 or ENGL 110

NOTE: Physical examinations, immunizations, background screening, and drug testing may be required for hospital rotations and ambulance internships. Background screening and drug testing positive results could impact a student's chances of attending rotations or internship, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

NOTE: An articulation agreement exists between Foothill College and San Jose State University- as much as 21 units of the paramedic curriculum can be used toward a Bachelor of Science degree. http://www.sjsu.edu/healthscience/programs/undergraduate/options/Option_5/

General Certificate information
The Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of the following core courses. General education courses are not required.
 
Certificate of Achievement (85.5 units)
Transcriptable: Yes

Certificate Requirements
OPTION A- Accelerated

Fall Quarter

EMTP 60A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IA (11 Units)
EMTP 60B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Psychomotor & Affective IB (8.5 Units)

Winter Quarter
EMTP 61A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIA (11 Units)
EMTP 61B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 63A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Hospital Specialty Rotations (3 Units)

Spring Quarter
EMTP 62A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIIA (11 Units)
EMTP 62B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIIB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 63B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Hospital Emergency Department Rotations (5 Units)

Summer Quarter
EMTP 64A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)

Fall Quarter
EMTP 64B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)

OPTION B- Standard

Fall Quarter

EMTP 60A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IA (11 Units)
EMTP 60B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Psychomotor & Affective IB (8.5 Units)

Winter Quarter
EMTP 61A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIA (11 Units)
EMTP 61B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 63A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Hospital Specialty Rotations (3 Units)

Spring Quarter
EMTP 62A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIIA (11 Units)
EMTP 62B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Affective & Psychomotor IIIB (8.5 Units)

Summer Quarter
EMTP 63B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Hospital Emergency Department Rotations (5 Units)

Fall Quarter
EMTP 64A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)

Winter Quarter
EMTP 64B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)

Academic Year: 2011-2012

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2011-04-19 10:42:26

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