Certificate Paramedic - Garrett College

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Paramedic Certificate

The Paramedic Certificate curriculum is designed to provide instruction in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains which will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills required for work in the emergency medical services (EMS) field.

Areas of study include human anatomy and physiology, airway management, patient assessment, medical and trauma emergencies, clinical skills, professional ethics and other related topics. Students enrolled in this program are taught to work in the field as an extension of the emergency room.

The Paramedic Certificate program is a special admissions program. Admission to Garrett College does not guarantee admission to the Paramedic Certificate program; specific eligibility and admission requirements must be met.

Paramedic Studies Degrees Awarded

Garrett College awards a Paramedic Certificate to successful completers.

Students also have the option of an A.A.S. degree in Paramedic Studies (link to new AAS page) or a non-credit certification program through the College's Continuing Education & Workforce Development division.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in verbal and written skills, particularly those skills that enhance communication with patients and hospital staff.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze multifaceted emergency medicine problems/issues and develop and evaluate potential options and proposed solutions.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in twenty-five clinical skills that will enable them to deliver appropriate pre-hospital care to patients in a variety of emergency settings.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success as a certified Paramedic by achieving a passing score on the National Registry exam.

Program Benefits

The emergency medical services-paramedic training program at Garrett College is designed to prepare students to obtain National Registry Paramedic (NRP) certification. Students successfully completing the training will be qualified in advanced emergency care through a competency-based educational program and will be well prepared to enter the workforce as paramedics in the emergency medical services field. In the United States, paramedics represent the highest practitioner level in the EMS domain.

Program Approval & Accreditation

Garrett College’s paramedic program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (click for more info).

Paramedic Certificate

Total Credit Hours Required 30

  • EMS120 Anat & Phys for EMS Providers  (3)
  • EMS130 EMS Preparatory (1.5)
  • EMS132 Paramedic Patient Assessment (.5)
  • EMS133 Paramedic Medical   (4)
  • EMS134 Paramedic Trauma (2)
  • EMS135 Paramedic Operations & Spec Cons (1)
  • EMS150 Paramedic Lab I (1)
  • EMS151 Paramedic Lab II (1.5)
  • EMS170 Paramedic Clinical I (.5)
  • EMS171 Paramedic Clinical II  (2)
  • EMS230 Paramedic Preparatory  (1)
  • EMS231 Paramedic Airway II (1)
  • EMS233 Paramedic Trauma II (.5)
  • EMS234 Paramedic Medical II   (1.5)
  • EMS235 Paramedic Spec Considerations  (1.5)
  • EMS250 Paramedic Lab III (1)
  • EMS251 Paramedic Lab IV (1.5)
  • EMS270 Paramedic Clinical III  (1.5)
  • EMS271 Paramedic Clinical IV  (3)