Paramedic Studies - Garrett College

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Paramedic Studies

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

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Paramedic Studies Degree Awarded

Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Paramedic Studies.

Students also have the option of a college-level Paramedic Certificate program or a non-credit certification program through Continuing Education & Workforce Development.

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 here for more information).

Paramedic Studies A.A.S. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

GER Required Credits (22 credits)G

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Arts & Humanities Course  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Soc & Behavioral Science Course  3


  • GER  Science Lab Course  4


  • MAT105  College Algebra  3
    or MAT210  Introductory to Statistics 3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Core Courses (22 credits)

  • 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)

Electives (7 credits)

Choose after consultation with advisor.

*Minimum C grade required.

GGER Courses must be on theApproved General Education list