Sep 21, 2020
The Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic program is designed to prepare students to sit for the National Registry as an EMT to become certified in the state of Louisiana. Students may choose to go to work as an EMT to gain experience or to continue immediately into the paramedic program. Those who graduate can go to work as entry-level Paramedics. The curriculum complies with the Louisiana Department of Transportation’s standard curriculum recognized by the State Bureau of EMS. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling into upper level courses and continuing in the program. The program was designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Although a terminal degree program, general education requirements as well as some of the technical courses may be transferable to a variety of baccalaureate programs.
- To enable students to acquire the general education competencies expected of an Associate of Applied Science graduate
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving Louisiana State certification and National Registry as an EMT and Paramedic
- To provide students with the necessary medical knowledge and skills to function as paramedics in a variety of settings
Expected Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree - Paramedic will
- To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician level.
- Cognitive Objective: Upon successful completion of this program, the student will demonstrate a working knowledge of clinical information and related topics, relevant to the practice of pre-hospital emergency medical care.
- Psychomotor Objective: Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate an ability to competently and proficiently perform all paramedic level skills.
- Affective Objective: Upon successful completion of this program, the student will demonstrate attitudes and behaviors consistent with the ethics and professionalism expected of paramedics.
Specific Degree Requirements
Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic at South Louisiana Community College must:
- Submit a History & Physical examination report stating they are physically and emotionally fit for the program
- Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or Chest x-ray
- Submit proof of current immunizations
- Pass a background check
- Pass a drug screen
- Possess a CPR card for Basic Life Support for HealthCare Providers
- Purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by instructor
- Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
- Arrange transportation to clinical sites or any additional trainings or extra-curricular activities.
- Provide evidence of hospitalization insurance to the EMSE departmental office during \the first week of the semester when enrolled in clinical/field practicum
- Adhere to policies prescribed by each clinical agency when involved in clinical or field experiences at that agency
- Be 18 years old to sit for National Registry
- Assume the cost of the National Registry EMT and Paramedic examination
- Assume the cost of Louisiana State Certification Fees
- Attain a minimum grade of “C” in each course prescribed within the EMSE curriculum
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all courses applied to the degree as well as an adjusted SLCC cumulative grade point average of 2.0
The EMSE Department reserves the right to limit enrollment in EMSE courses to ensure the efficient use of resources.
Due to the nature of the Emergency Medical Services and the requirements placed on educational content by State and National agencies, the classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field experience hours may be longer in duration than anticipated.
Employment opportunities may be limited for students with back problems or other medical or physical conditions which limit ability to lift or function in long periods of physical exertion (such as patient movement and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).
General Education Requirements
(16 Total credit hours)
- English 3 Credits
- Mathematics 3 Credits
- Natural Science /Lab 4 Credits
- Social/Behavioral Science 3 Credits
- Humanities Elective - History 3 Credits
(42 Total credit hours)
- EMSE core courses 42 Credits
(2 total credit hours)
TOTAL Credit Hours: 60 (not including National EMT certification)
Associate of Applied Science Total Credits: 60
Notes* Successful completion of the EMT course and National Registration can transfer as 7 equivalent credits in the Certificate and Associate of Applied Science- Paramedic programs.
1 Choose Social/Behavioral Science Elective from ECON, POLI, PSYC, and SOCI.
2 Choose Humanities Elective from HIST, CMCN, Literature, Foreign Languages
3 This course is not required if the student has successfully completed an equivalent college-level survey anatomy and physiology course.