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Goals and Competencies

Paramedic Program Student Outcome Competencies

Didactic Competencies 

The paramedic student must understand his or her roles and responsibilities within the Emergency Medical Services System.

  1. Understand his or her roles and responsibilities within an EMS system, and how these roles and responsibilities differ from other levels of providers.
  2. Understand and value the importance of personal wellness in EMS and serve as a healthy role model for peers.
  3. Integrate the implementation of primary injury prevention activities as an effective way to reduce death, disabilities and health care costs.
  4. Understand the legal issues that impact decisions made in the out-of-hospital environment.
  5. Understand the role that ethics plays in decision making in the out-of-hospital environment.
  6. Apply the general concepts of pathophysiology for the assessment and management of emergency patients.
  7. Integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.
  8. Safely and precisely access the venous circulation and administer medications.
  9. Integrate the principles of therapeutic communication to effectively communicate with any patient while providing care.
  10. Integrate the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes throughout human development with assessment and communication strategies for patients of all ages.

The paramedic student will be able to establish and/ or maintain a patent airway, oxygenate, and ventilate a patient.

The paramedic student will be able to take a proper history and perform a comprehensive physical exam on any patient, and communicate the findings to other healthcare professionals.

  1. Explain the pathophysiological significance of physical exam findings.
  2. Integrate the principles of history taking and techniques of physical exam to perform a patient assessment.
  3. Apply a process of clinical decision making to use the assessment findings to help form a field impression.
  4. Follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio.
  5. Effectively document the essential elements of patient assessment, care and transport.

The paramedic student will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient.

  1. Integrate the principles of kinematics to enhance the patient assessment and predict the likelihood of injuries based on the patient’s mechanism of injury.
  2. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression
  3. and implement the treatment plan for the patient with shock or hemorrhage.
  4. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with soft tissue trauma.
  5. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the management plan for the patient with a burn injury.
  6. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the trauma patient with a suspected head injury.
  7. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the patient with a suspected spinal injury.
  8. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for a patient with a thoracic injury.
  9. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with suspected abdominal trauma.
  10. Integrate pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a musculoskeletal injury.

The paramedic student will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the medical patient.

  1. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with respiratory problems.
  2. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a cardiovascular disease.
  3. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a neurological problem.
  4. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with an endocrine problem.
  5. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with an allergic or anaphylactic problem.
  6. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a gastroenterologic problem.
  7. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a renal or urologic problem.
  8. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with a toxic exposure.
  9. Integrate the pathophysiological principles of the hematopoietic system to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan.
  10. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with an environmentally induced or exacerbated medical or traumatic condition.
  11. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the patient with infectious and communicable diseases.
  12. Describe and demonstrate safe, empathetic competence in caring for patients with behavioral emergencies.
  13. Utilize gynecological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the management plan for the patient experiencing a gynecological emergency.
  14. Apply an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system to the assessment and management of a patient experiencing normal or abnormal labor.

The paramedic student will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric patients, diverse patients, and chronically ill patients.

  1. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the neonatal patient.
  2. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the pediatric patient.
  3. Integrate the pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate and implement a treatment plan for the geriatric patient.
  4. Integrate the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the patient who has sustained abuse or assault.
  5. Integrate pathophysiological and psychosocial principles to adapt the assessment and treatment plan for diverse patients and those who face physical, mental, social and financial challenges.
  6. Integrate the pathophysiological principles and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the acute deterioration of a chronic care patient.

The paramedic student will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for patients with common complaints.

The paramedic student will be able to safely manage the scene of an emergency.

  1. Understand standards and guidelines that help ensure safe and effective ground and air medical transport.
  2. Integrate the principles of general incident management and multiple casualty incident (MCI) management techniques in order to function effectively at major incidents.
  3. Integrate the principles of rescue awareness and operations to safely rescue a patient from water, hazardous atmospheres, trenches, highways, and hazardous terrain.
  4. Evaluate hazardous materials emergencies, call for appropriate resources, and work in the cold zone.
  5. Have an awareness of the human hazard of crime and violence and the safe operation at crime scenes and other emergencies.

Bachelor of Science Program

The baccalaureate degree program in Emergency Medical Sciences (BS-EMS) offers opportunities for individuals to develop skills in administration, education, and advanced practice.  The overall goal of the BS-EMS program is to provide graduates with the skills necessary to positively impact healthcare operations and wellness in local communities from an EMS perspective.

Graduates of the program will discover the ability to harness efficiencies in emergency preparedness applying public health approaches. The program prepares graduates to assume positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, research, business, community, and educational settings. In addition, graduates will be better able to adapt to new rules precipitated by a changing health care delivery environment. Generally, graduates are prepared to:

  • Plan strategically and evaluate emergency medical services programs according to professional expecta­tions and standards required by local, state, and national agencies
  • Provide leadership to facilitate the delivery of EMS and emergency and community health services
  • Assume positions of responsibility in EMS with political entities, educational institutions, and private enterprises
  • Manage and direct EMS organizations
  • Educate students, health care professionals, and the public
  • Participate in disaster planning and management
  • Understand patient care and healthcare systems in the advanced practice setting

Coursework is geared toward the working student who typically holds a position within emergency services who seeks to better advocate for their respective communities and public services.  Courses will typically be delivered online with some offerings in an independent study format. Some courses will require face to face instruction.  Contact the Department for more information.