What skills do students learn in this program?
Students in the Paramedicine associate degree program possess the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. The Paramedicine degree program prepares students for employment in paramedic positions in today’s health services field. The Paramedic degree program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention and advancement.
The program provides opportunities to upgrade present EMT with proof of completion of an AEMT SAC/SOEMS approved course and AEMT level to paramedic level. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure with the State Office of Emergency Medical Service and Trauma (SOEMST) as a paramedic. Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.
What types of students thrive in the program and in this career field? Those who:
- like helping others
- are compassionate
- are detailed oriented
- enjoy working in a fast-paced, critical and challenging environment
- want to make a difference in patient survival in emergency settings
- can manage considerable kneeling, bending and heavy lifting and working irregular hours
What types of jobs are available to graduates of this program? Where can they work?
Students entering this field can work in hospitals, ambulances, fire departments and in healthcare clinics.