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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, AAS

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Program Description

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.

Program Goals

  • 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

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree - Paramedic will

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of clinical information, patient assessment, ambulance operations, and emergency management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in paramedic skill competencies; EMT skill competencies.
  • Demonstrate attitudes and professionalism, ethics, empathy, punctuality, teamwork, patient advocacy.
  • Demonstrate accurate verbal and written communication skills through medical reports and documentation.

Specific Degree Requirements

General Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science in EMT- Paramedic from 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
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.   
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.

The EMSE Department reserves the right to limit enrollment in EMSE courses to ensure the efficient use of resources.

Special Conditions

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 the ability to lift or function in long periods of physical exertion (such as patient movement and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

Total Credit Hours: 63


Associate of Applied Science Total Credits: 63

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses.

CTC: EMT is awarded after successful completion of EMSE 1101 and EMSE 1201.


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