Paramedic Science Program

Paramedic Science Program

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

An Associate of Science degree in Paramedic Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences: Emergency Medical Services Concentration are both available to the student in this area. Additionally, the Community Paramedic Academic Certificate program is available to licensed or certified paramedics.

Educational Goal:

Develop an Emergency Medical Services Professional who is well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

These degrees are intended for students interested in a career in pre-hospital medicine and EMS education and management. As the field of EMS continues to grow and change, leaders and educators with a background in emergency medicine are needed to help shape the future of pre-hospital medicine and healthcare. This program is designed to prepare students for the clinical and administrative challenges of a career in Emergency Medical Services and healthcare.

Paramedic Science Program

One Associate of Science degree in Paramedic Science is offered at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center.  This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:

1.  Provide care to patients in and out of the hospital setting.

2.  Prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury through patient assessments and the provision of medical care. 

Graduates of the program will also provide public education and health promotion, and participate in injury and illness prevention programs. They will function as facilitators of access to care, as well as be initial treatment providers.

The objective of the Associate of Science in Paramedic Science is to prepare Emergency Medical Technicians with the opportunity to attain an Associate of Science degree in the paramedic profession.  This degree will provide employment and additional educational opportunities for the student to become a registered, certified paramedic and work in the paramedic field in Idaho as well as surrounding states.

The Paramedic Program curriculum consists of a pre-professional year followed by three semesters of lecture, laboratory, and clinical field experience, including a three-month field internship.  Students who earn the Associate of Science degree are qualified to take the EMT-P examination through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Community Paramedic Academic Certificate

The Academic Certificate in Community Paramedics is offered by the Emergency Services Department under the School of Health Professions.  This academic certificate meets the needs of licensed paramedics who wish to pursue an additional certification which will allow them to work in the emerging field of community paramedics. Community Paramedicine is an expanding specialty that has increased across the nation in response to the Affordable Care Act.  Paramedics who successfully complete this certificate will be eligible to assume a position as a Community Paramedic and assist in the development and implementation of a Community Paramedic program within their community.

Community Paramedics work in collaboration with local public health agencies, primary care and specialty care providers by assessing and evaluating community services and systems in order to identify gaps in healthcare services in both urban and rural, medically underserved communities.  Community Paramedics work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, discharge planners, pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team.  Community Paramedics help individuals and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from healthcare services. They serve as advocates, facilitators, liaisons, community brokers and resource coordinators. They also are direct services providers, ensuring basic and advanced levels of care appropriate to prevention, emergencies, evaluation, triage, disease management, and basic oral and mental health. The overall goal of the Community Paramedic is mentoring and empowering citizens, communities and healthcare systems to achieve positive outcomes and to reach optimal levels of wellness for everyone.

Admission to this program requires either a current Paramedic License or Certification.

Associate of Science Degree: Paramedic Science

Degree Requirements:

BIOL 3301
3301L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
HCA/HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
PARM 2211Basic ECG Interpretation3
PARM 2212Paramedic Pharmacology3
PARM 2213Paramedic Fundamentals2
PARM 2213LParamedic Fundamentals Lab1
PARM 2214Paramedic Pathophysiology3
PARM 2215Introduction to Paramedic Medicine3
PARM 2217LParamedic Integration I Lab1
PARM 2221Medical Emergencies3
PARM 2221LMedical Emergencies Lab1
PARM 2222Trauma Care3
PARM 2223Advanced Emergency Care2
PARM 2224Special Populations3
PARM 2224LSpecial Populations Lab1
PARM 2225Advanced ECG Interpretation2
PARM 2229Paramedic Clinical Practicum I1
PARM 2231Rescue Operations2
PARM 2237LParamedic Integration II Lab1
PARM 2239Paramedic Clinical Practicum II3
PARM 2249Paramedic Field Practicum II6
Total Hours54

Community Paramedic Academic Certificate

CPAR 3400Introduction to Community Paramedics2
CPAR 3410Introduction to Community Assessment1
CPAR 4410Community Assessment2
CPAR 4420Pathophysiology for the Community Paramedic1
CPAR 4440Community Paramedic Clinical Practicum3
Total Hours9

 Bachelor of Science in Health Science: EMS Concentration

Concentration 4: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

This concentration will prepare students for the challenges of becoming Emergency Medical Services health care professionals in a time of increasing growth in the profession, expanding roles, and competing priorities.  This baccalaureate degree is designed to provide Paramedic Associate of Science degree graduates the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in health sciences and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs. This concentration has four tracks to choose from: Leadership/Management, Clinical, Education, and Community Paramedic. Choosing a specific track will prepare students to enter those types of assignments within the Emergency Medical Services profession. For more information, see http://www.isu.edu/esd/ems/.

EMS Concentration Requirements:

Associate of Science in Paramedic Science 190
BS in Health Science Core 220-24
Recommended courses within the Core: 3
Health Law and Bioethics (Professional/Diversity Competency)
Economics of Health Care (Health Care Competency)
Professional and Technical Writing (Communications Competency)
Emergency Medical Services Concentration18-21
Required Courses (9-12 credits):
Emergency Medical Services Operations and Management
Emergency Medical Services Administration
Emergency Medical Services Internship
Electives (minimum of 9 credits): 4
Select elective credits from one of the tracks in the following table.
Total122 (minimum)
Leadership Management Track 5
EMS 3310Development and Strategic Planning3
EMS 3320Disaster Response Planning and Management3
HCA 2215Healthcare Leadership3
HCA 3340Healthcare Policy3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HCA 4453Healthcare Finance3
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
ECON 3303Economics of Health Care3
EMGT 3301Incident Command System Advanced3
EMGT 3305Political and Policy Basis of Emergency Management3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 3308Leading in Organizations3
EMGT 4420Legal Issues in Emergency Management3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
FSA 3331Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
POLS 4405Democracy and Governance3
POLS 4441Administrative Law3
POLS 4454Public Workplace Issues3
Clinical Track 5
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 3383Epidemiology3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4425Patient Education Skills2
HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 4420Legal Issues in Emergency Management3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
FSA 3329Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection3
FSA 3331Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
BIOL 2221
2221L
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 6
4
or BIOL 2235
2235L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
BIOL 3305Introduction to Pathobiology3
BIOL 4432Biochemistry 63
or BIOL 4445 Biochemistry I
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
Educational Track 5, 7
EMS 3310Development and Strategic Planning3
EMS 3320Disaster Response Planning and Management3
HCA 4465Healthcare Operations and Quality3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
EMGT 3307Social Dimensions of Disaster3
EMGT 4421Public Health Preparedness3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
Community Paramedic Track 8
CPAR 3400Introduction to Community Paramedics2
CPAR 3410Introduction to Community Assessment1
CPAR 4410Community Assessment2
CPAR 4420Pathophysiology for the Community Paramedic1
CPAR 4440Community Paramedic Clinical Practicum3
1

Students must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health related program that awards an associate degree in Paramedic Science. Students with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Science may transfer up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division credits).

2

Only 14 credits are needed from the BS in Health Science Core if BIOL 3301 and  HCA 2210/ HE 2210 were completed during the Associate of Science degree.

3

Recommendations also fulfill ISU degree requirements for upper division credits.

4

Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor. 

5

EMS students who take HE courses are required to take HE 2221 first.

6

BIOL 2221/BIOL 2221L, BIOL 2235/BIOL 2235L, BIOL 4432, and BIOL 4445 meet pre-requisite requirements for Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.

7

Health Education Non-teaching Minor (21 credits) - available for those students with a Health Education focus (see specific HE course listings in the Health Education and Promotion section of the Undergraduate Catalog). This minor would meet the elective credits required for the degree.

8

Students must complete all courses within the Community Paramedic Track to be awarded the Community Paramedic designation.

6 Semesters

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
BIOL 3301
3301L
4BIOL 3302
3302L
4 
HCA 2210 or HE 22102  
 6 4
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PARM 22113PARM 22213PARM 22312
PARM 22123PARM 2221L1PARM 2237L1
PARM 22132PARM 22223PARM 22393
PARM 2213L1PARM 22232 
PARM 22143PARM 22243 
PARM 22153PARM 2224L1 
PARM 2217L1PARM 22252 
 PARM 22291 
 16 16 6
Third Year
FallHours  
PARM 22496  
 6
Total Hours: 54

Total for Associate Degree:  90 cr

How to Read Course Descriptions

Community Paramedics Courses

CPAR 3398 Special Topics: 1-3 semester hours.

Addresses the special needs of the industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. Examines and analyzes selected topics in Community Paramedics. PREREQ: Paramedic license or certification. D

CPAR 3399 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content. D

CPAR 3400 Introduction to Community Paramedics: 2 semester hours.

Outlines various aspects of a Community Paramedic program, including the role of the CP within the healthcare team, communication skills, the Patient Care Centered Home and the societal, financial and cultural factors influencing healthcare. D

CPAR 3410 Introduction to Community Assessment: 1 semester hour.

Introduces the concepts of a community needs assessment and healthcare gap analysis; while identifying future local Community Paramedic clinical sites, partnerships and stakeholders. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

CPAR 4410 Community Assessment: 2 semester hours.

Guides the student through the process of a community needs assessment. The student shall complete a gap analysis in their home community and create an effective resource map based upon their findings. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

CPAR 4420 Pathophysiology for the Community Paramedic: 1 semester hour.

Expands on the pathological conditions of chronic conditions most commonly encountered in a primary care or hospital discharge perspective. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

CPAR 4440 Community Paramedic Clinical Practicum: 3 semester hours.

Provides clinical experience opportunities which may include private practice, sub-acute specialties, mental health, home and public health. May include a portion of time in simulated laboratory sessions. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

CPAR 4498 Special Topics: 1-3 semester hours.

Addresses the special needs of the industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. Examines and analyzes selected topics in Community Paramedics. Equivalent to EMS 4498. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

CPAR 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

Emergency Medical Services Courses

EMS 3300 Emergency Medical Services Operations and Management: 3 semester hours.

Principles of personnel management and process that contribute to the effectiveness of an EMS organization. Topics include human resource management, resource allocation, and procurement policy. D

EMS 3310 Development and Strategic Planning: 3 semester hours.

Students will learn the strategic planning process to include the objectives, purpose of goals and major policies, and plans for achieving those goals within the different EMS settings. D

EMS 3320 Disaster Response Planning and Management: 3 semester hours.

Planning for and management of multiple-casualty incidents in the pre-hospital and hospital environment, including development of response plans, triage, medical evacuation procedures, communications, roles of governmental and the private sector, terrorism, and medical care for mass gatherings. D

EMS 3335 Emergency Medical Services Administration: 3 semester hours.

An overview of the management of emergency medical services including organization, budget determination, purchasing, and communication. Emphasis on directing and delegation of decision making including managing stress. Equivalent to FSA 3335. D

EMS 3398 Special Topics: 1-3 semester hours.

Addresses the special needs of the industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. Examines and analyzes selected topics in Community Paramedics. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

EMS 3399 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

EMS 4409 Emergency Medical Services Internship: 3 semester hours.

In this course, students complete supervised experience divided into two or more of the following EMS concentrations: operations management, systems implementation, regulation, legislation, and product research and development. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

EMS 4498 Special Topics: 1-3 semester hours.

Addresses the special needs of the industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. Examines and analyzes selected topics in Community Paramedics. PREREQ: Paramedic License or Certification. D

EMS 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

Paramedic Science Courses

PARM 2211 Basic ECG Interpretation: 3 semester hours.

Introductory ECG course. Anatomy and physiology of the conduction system of the heart, the electrical system, electrocardiography, abnormal ECG patterns and distinguishing between life-threatening and non-life-threatening dysrhythmias. Introduction to dysrhythmia management. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. F

PARM 2212 Paramedic Pharmacology: 3 semester hours.

Fundamental, drug-class oriented course that focuses on the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug therapy, drug calculations, and the pharmaceutical interventions of common EMS medications. Roles, responsibilities, and ethical considerations of drug administration. COREQ: PARM 2213, PARM 2213L, and PARM 2217L. F

PARM 2213 Paramedic Fundamentals: 2 semester hours.

Basic patient assessment concepts, review of basic airway management, and introduction to advanced airway management/ventilation, intravenous skills, and medication administration via enteral and and parenteral routes. COREQ: PARM 2212, PARM 2213L, and PARM 2217L. F

PARM 2213L Paramedic Fundamentals Lab: 1 semester hour.

Focus on BLS and ALS airway management as well as intravenous cannulation, medication administration, and drug calculations. Graded S/U. COREQ: PARM 2212, PARM 2213, and PARM 2217L. F

PARM 2214 Paramedic Pathophysiology: 3 semester hours.

Correlative approach to pathophysiology, applying both physical assessment skills and basic cellular understanding to the various disease entities and trauma processes encountered in emergency medicine. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. F

PARM 2215 Introduction to Paramedic Medicine: 3 semester hours.

Interactive presentation and discussion of foundational aspects of EMS within the healthcare system. Includes ethics, medical-legal issues, roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, healthcare policy, and the role of research within EMS. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program. F

PARM 2217L Paramedic Integration I Lab: 1 semester hour.

Designed to teach, integrate and complement content from concurrent Paramedic lecture courses as well as reinforce assessment and therapeutic communication techniques while reviewing and assessing skills learned from concurrent and prior EMS coursework. COREQ: PARM 2212, PARM 2213, and PARM 2213L. Graded S/U. F

PARM 2221 Medical Emergencies: 3 semester hours.

Recognition, assessment, and treatment of medical diseases involving cardiac, respiratory, neurologic, endocrine, abdominal, hematologic, behavioral disorders, toxicology and renal systems. Includes ACLS. COREQ: PARM 2221L. PREREQ: PARM 2211, PARM 2212, PARM 2213, PARM 2213L, and PARM 2215, and acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2221L Medical Emergencies Lab: 1 semester hour.

Reinforces and integrates the recognition and treatment of medical diseases as taught in PARM 2221. Skill modalities include pharmacological intervention, ECG interpretation, basic and advanced airway interventions, patient assessment, patient management, and decision-making. Graded S/U. COREQ: PARM 2221. S

PARM 2222 Trauma Care: 3 semester hours.

A comprehensive approach to assessment, injury recognition, and management of the trauma patient. An introduction of trauma systems, injury prevention, kinematics and aeromedical use and integration. Includes PHTLS. PREREQ: PARM 2213, PARM 2213L, PARM 2214, and acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2223 Advanced Emergency Care: 2 semester hours.

Combined lecture/lab course focuses on the instruction and integration of skills associated with advanced airway management, renal dialysis, venous access, and pharmacological delivery systems. PREREQ: PARM 2213 and PARM 2213L and acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2224 Special Populations: 3 semester hours.

A comprehensive approach to obstetrics and gynecology, including the pediatric patient from birth to adolescence. Includes introduction to gerontology - to address issues such as lifespan development, cultural diversity, polypharmacy, pathological changes, and treatment variations associated with an aging population. Includes PALS. COREQ: PARM 2224L. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2224L Special Populations Lab: 1 semester hour.

Reinforces and integrates the recognition and treatment of medical diseases as taught in PARM 2224. Skill modalities include pharmacological intervention, ECG interpretation, basic and advanced airway interventions, patient assessment, patient management, and decision-making. Graded S/U. COREQ: PARM 2224. S

PARM 2225 Advanced ECG Interpretation: 2 semester hours.

An introductory 12-lead ECG interpretation course. Topics include intraventricular conduction delays, myocardial ischemia, injury and infarction, axis deviation, syndrome bundle branch blocks, ectopy, and advanced dysrhythmia interpretation. PREREQ: PARM 2211 or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2229 Paramedic Clinical Practicum I: 1 semester hour.

Student rotations through various departments in hospitals, performing paramedic skills under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor and/or assigned clinical preceptors. Skills performed include all those learned in previous coursework. Graded S/U. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. S

PARM 2231 Rescue Operations: 2 semester hours.

An introductory course to include: ambulance operations, rescue and extrication techniques, incident command and hazardous materials. The accompany laboratory portion may be taught in seminar format as necessary. PREREQ: Acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. Su

PARM 2237L Paramedic Integration II Lab: 1 semester hour.

Designed to teach, integrate, and complement content from previous Paramedic lecture and laboratory courses. Previously-learned material is reviewed, reinforced, and evaluated as necessary to maintain competency. Graded S/U. PREREQ: PARM 2217L, PARM 2221, PARM 2222, and PARM 2223. Su

PARM 2239 Paramedic Clinical Practicum II: 3 semester hours.

Supports the didactic elements of the Paramedic course. Rotations at various clinical settings including ED, OR, ICU/CCU, Crisis Intervention/Psychiatry and EMS ride-alongs with EMS/fire agencies. In addition, students complete an ACLS Provider course. Other clinical site rotations may be added or substituted as determined by the program. Graded S/U. PREREQ: PARM 2229 and acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. Su

PARM 2249 Paramedic Field Practicum II: 6 semester hours.

Capstone course for the student to apply/demonstrate the knowledge/skills learned in the program on an EMS unit. Student is under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor and is required to demonstrate competence as a team leader performing patient assessment skills and formulating a proper treatment plan for situations encountered. Mandatory benchmarks are required. Graded S/U. PREREQ: PARM 2231, PARM 2237L, and PARM 2239, and acceptance into Paramedic program or permission of instructor. F

PARM 2296 Independent Studies: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses specific needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U or may be letter graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

PARM 2298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

Faculty

Chair

Michael Mikitish
Chair, Emergency Services Department

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