Paramedic Science Plan of Study

Plan of Study and degree requirements

The associate degree in paramedic science is open to students of the university who have completed the prerequisites for admission. A student completing the course work is prepared to work as an EMT-Paramedic to deliver emergency patient care in the out-of-hospital setting. The paramedic must be a confident leader who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position. The paramedic provides the most extensive pre-hospital care and may work for fire departments, private ambulance services, police departments, or hospitals. Response times are dependent upon nature of call.

Length of the Program Two years; one year (24-26 credit hours) of prerequisite work plus 12 months of professional course work (42 credit hours).

Structure of the Professional Program The prerequisites may be taken on a part-time basis; the professional program is a full-time program conducted primarily during the day. Students can enter in either the spring or fall semester. Clinical activities occur during the evening or on weekends.

Design of the Professional Curriculum The curriculum is a competency-based education program of clinical, didactic, and practical instruction integrated with a field internship in advanced emergency care and services.

Associate of Science in Paramedic Science
Prerequisites

Students should consult with their academic advisors for appropriate courses and semester sequence in order to complete prerequisites. Prerequisites may be taken at any accredited college or university. The code “G” indicates a course that meets the school’s general-education requirements. Correspondence courses will not be accepted for any of the prerequisite course work.

English Composition (G) 3 cr.
Verbal Communication (G) 3 cr.
Intermediate Algebra 4 cr.
Psychology (G) 3 cr.
Sociology 3 cr.
Human Biology I
or Human Anatomy (G)
4 cr.
Human Biology II
or Human Physiology
4 cr.

EMT-Basic Requirement/Patient Care Activity In addition to the above prerequisites, each applicant must currently be certified in Indiana as an EMT and have a minimum of 20 hours of patient care activity as an EMT in the patient care area of an ambulance.

Suggested Plan of Study (EMT–basic certification not complete)

Freshman
Fall Credits
EMT-Basic+ 6.0
Human Biology I or Human Anatomy (with lab) 4.0
English Composition 3.0
Total 13.0
Spring Credits
Human Biology II or Human Physiology (with lab) 4.0
Intermediate Algebra 4.0
Speech or Interpersonal Communication 3.0
Psychology or Sociology 3.0
Total 14.0
Summer Credits
Psychology or Sociology 3.0
Total 3.0
+Course is not considered entry requirements, EMT-B credential is required.

Alternative Suggested Plan of Study (EMT–basic certification complete)

Freshman
Fall Credits
Human Biology I or Human Anatomy (with lab) 4.0
English Composition 3.0
Intermediate Algebra 4.0
Psychology or Sociology 3.0
Total 14.0
Spring Credits
Human Biology II or Human Physiology (with lab) 4.0
Speech or Interpersonal Communication 3.0
Psychology or Sociology 3.0
Elective (if needed for full-time status) 2.0
Total 10.0-12.0

Last Updated: August 24, 2012