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Paramedic Technician

10-531-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 68 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Paramedics are skilled professionals who provide emergency medical care to people who have taken ill or suffered injury. In this program, you will learn how to determine the nature and extent of various illnesses and injuries, and administer prescribed medical treatment at the site of an emergency and during transport. You’ll also gain the skills to communicate with other professional medical personnel at emergency care sites. Your training includes patient assessment, advanced airway management, use of nebulizers, administration of cardiac drugs and intravenous therapy. In addition, you’ll learn the skills for blood sugar evaluation, cardiac rhythm interpretation and advanced care of trauma. This degree qualifies you to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic examinations for Wisconsin licensure.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (38 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
EMS Fundamentals
10-531-911
2
Provides the paramedic student with comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, safety, well-being, legal issues, and ethical issues, with the intended outcome of improving the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community. The students will obtain fundamental knowledge of public health principles and epidemiology as related to public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness/injury prevention. Introducing students to comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations will foster the development of effective written and oral communications with colleagues and other health care professionals.
Prerequisites: Admission to Paramedic program and completion of Paramedic Checklist (tracked via EMTI student group). Corequisites: EMS Fundamentals; Paramedic Medical Principles; Advanced Patient Assessment Principles; Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology
Paramedic Medical Principles
10-531-912
4
Addresses the complex depth of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of major human systems while also introducing the paramedic students to the topics of shock, immunology, and bleeding.
Prerequisites: Admission to Paramedic program and completion of Paramedic Checklist (tracked via EMTI student group). Corequisites: EMS Fundamentals; Paramedic Medical Principles; Advanced Patient Assessment Principles; Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology
Advanced Patient Assessment Principles
10-531-913
3
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. By utilizing a structured and organized assessment process with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life span development, and changes that occur to the human body with time, the students will learn to develop a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning, along with the ability to modify the assessment as necessary to formulate a treatment plan for their patients.
Prerequisites: Admission to Paramedic program and completion of Paramedic Checklist (tracked via EMTI student group). Corequisites: EMS Fundamentals; Paramedic Medical Principles; Advanced Patient Assessment Principles; Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology
Advanced Pre-Hospital Pharmacology
10-531-914
3
Provides the paramedic student with the comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology required to formulate and administer a pharmacological treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient.
Prerequisites: Admission to Paramedic program and completion of Paramedic Checklist (tracked via EMTI student group). Corequisites: EMS Fundamentals; Paramedic Medical Principles; Advanced Patient Assessment Principles; Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology
Paramedic Respiratory Management
10-531-915
2
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patent airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages. Specific knowledge pertaining to the respiratory system is also provided to ensure the student is prepared to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a respiratory complaint.
Prerequisites: Admission to a Paramedic program and completion of the Paramedic Checklist Corequisites: Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology; Paramedic Respiratory Management; Paramedic Cardiology
Paramedic Cardiology
10-531-916
4
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a cardiovascular complaint.
Prerequisites: Admission to a Paramedic program and completion of the Paramedic Checklist Corequisites: Advanced Prehospital Pharmacology; Paramedic Respiratory Management; Paramedic Cardiology
Advanced Emergency Resuscitation
10-531-918
1
Prepares the paramedic student in the integration of comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest states with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent respiratory and/or cardiac arrest if possible.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
Paramedic Medical Emergencies
10-531-919
4
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a medical complaint.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
Paramedic Trauma
10-531-920
3
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for an acutely injured patient.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
Special Patient Populations
10-531-921
3
Teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with special needs. Gynecological emergencies, along with special considerations in trauma are also included within this course.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
EMS Operations
10-531-922
1
Provides the paramedic student with the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and EMS personnel safety.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
Paramedic Capstone
10-531-923
1
Provides the student with a final opportunity to incorporate their cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills through labs and scenario-based practice and evaluations prior to taking the National Registry written and practical examinations. Technical skills attainment for each student will be complied and/or documented within this course as required by the DHS-approved paramedic curriculum.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses
Paramedic Clinical/Field 1
10-531-917
3
Provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course.
Prerequisites: Admission to a Paramedic program and completion of the Paramedic Checklist. Corequisite: Advanced Patient Assessment Principles
Paramedic Clinical/Field 2
10-531-924
4
Provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course. Successful completion of this course requires the student to meet all clinical and field competency requirements at the paramedic level as defined by DHS.
Prerequisite: Paramedic Cardiology (10-531-916); Corequisite: All Term 2 courses

General Studies (27 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-177
4
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. (This course also provides the foundation, and is prerequisite to, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.)
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >=18 OR Program Prep; 2 semesters of HS Chemistry OR Gen Chemistry (10-806-134) with C or better. Can't enroll in multiple sections of Gen A&P in the same term.
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188
3
Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.
Prerequisite: Intro to Psychology (10-809-198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
Adv Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-179
4
Examines human anatomy and physiology using a body systems approach with emphasis on interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Lab experimentation includes analysis of cellular metabolism and individual components of body systems (nervous, neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, and urinary). Continued examination of homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and blood; and integration of genetics to human reproduction and development are also included in this course.
Prereq: General Anatomy and Physiology (10-806-177) with a C or better AND 2 semesters of HS chemistry or General Chemistry (10-806-134) with a grade of C or better. Can't enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR enroll in multiple sections in the same term
Microbiology
10-806-197
4
Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role of microbes in the environment, industry and biotechnology. Students have the following flexible lecture options: in-class, Webcast, podcast or Interactive Television.
Prereq: Gen A&P (806-177) or A&P 1 (806-195) with a C or better grade AND 2 semesters of hs chemistry or Gen Chemistry (806-134) with a C or better grade. Cannot enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR be enrolled in multiple sections within the same term.
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
English Composition 1
10-801-136
3
Designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/English) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Basic Electrocardiogram Interpretation
10-510-104
1
Provides learner with a general understanding of the heart and some of the dysrhythmias associated with cardiac problems. Explores topics as cardiac anatomy and physiology, electrophysiology of cardiac cells, an introduction to electrocardiograms, basic cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias, treatment protocols and cardiac drugs. Provides a basic introduction for registered nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and other health professionals who will care for patients with dysrhythmias.
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Holistic Health for Health Care Providers
10-501-106
1
Introduces health care providers to the concept of holistic health practices. Analyzes holism and the holistic model for health care. Relates concepts to the health care provider as an instrument of healing. Explores the dialectic relationship of health-wellness-disease illness. Selected holistic modalities, therapies and healing arts will be explored.
People Skills for Health Professionals
10-510-116
1
Explores professional/social interaction skills required for healthcare workers. Investigates values, ethical dilemmas, helping roles, assertiveness skills, communications with special populations, death/dying issues and stress management interventions. Participate in reflective self-study group discussions and service learning experiences. Develop a professional portfolio for future employment use.
Effective Business Practice
10-106-118
3
Provides hands-on experience and practice using a variety of business communication techniques providing students with knowledge, poise, tact and the skills to conduct themselves in the business world with confidence. Included in the course is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People developed by Stephen Covey.

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