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PARAMEDIC

A Life Saving Job

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performe emergency medical services, and transporting patients to medical facilities. 

Duties:

Paramedics typically do the following:

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as
myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), strokes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or to treat injuries.
  • Assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment
follow guidelines and protocols that they learned in their extensive education and by orders that they receive in real time from emergency physicians at the hospital.
  •  Provide state of the art advanced life saving medications and procedures during rescues, extrications, and disasters.
  • Transfer patients to the emergency department, trauma center, stroke center, and STEMI centers
  • Transfer critically ill and injured patient from the local emergency room to hospitals with specialty care.
  • Respond to any call for help, anywhere, 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year

Critical Care and Flight Paramedics work as part of a helicopter's flight crew to transport critically ill or injured patients to a hospital from the scene of the accident in addition to transferring patients from one medical facility to another.

The specific responsibilities Paramedics depend on their level of training and the state they work in. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and Paramedics.

Paramedics are the highest level of out of hospital emergency care and provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs. In addition to carrying out the procedures that EMTs utilize, paramedics can give a variety of medications by mouth and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs)—used to monitor heart function—and use other monitors and complex equipment.

The specific tasks or procedures EMTs and Paramedics are allowed to perform at any level can vary by state and county.

Paramedic Program

Welcome to the Southwestern College Paramedic Program. Use this site to help answer some frequently asked questions.

The goal of the Southwestern College Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Medical Responder levels. 

Southwestern College will be accepting applications for the August 2020 Paramedic Program starting March 1, 2020 to June 12, 2020.

Applications will be available online and by request on February 24, 2020.

Emergency Medical Technicians with a year of full-time work experience are encouraged to apply.

Interested EMTs may obtain an application packet from SWC Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa until the middle of May or via email from   SWCFIREEMS@swccd.edu or by calling 619-216-6760

Classes start in mid-August. Selection into this paramedic training program will be determined based on assessment of your cognitive, psychomotor, and effective abilities. (See the application for more information. Please note some of the requirements have changed, effective this year.)

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Paramedic Training Program Accreditation

The Southwestern College PAramedic Training Program is 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 Service Professionals (CoAEMSP)

Our goal is "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."

The Southwestern College Paramedic Training Program is also accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for EMS (CECBEMS)

Outcomes 2015-2016 2016-2017 2018-2019
National Registry Written Exam Pass Rates 100% 100%  100%
National Registry Skills Exam Pass Rates 100% 100% 100% 
Program Retention Rates 66.9% 25% 75%
Positive Placement 100% 100%  100%
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)

25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354
Email: mail@caahep.org
www.caahep.org

8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
p 214.703.8445
f 214.703.8992

https://coaemsp.org/

12300 Ford Road, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75234-8143
(972) 247-4442
www.cecbems.org

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