Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (PAR)

This program fulfills the requirements set by state and national agencies for credentialing of the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. Students will become proficient in the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. The program stresses mastery in advanced life support skills, which will be accomplished in College laboratories, affiliated hospitals and advanced life support ambulances. The primary goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.

The DCC Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756; (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) (8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088; (214) 703-8445, www.coaemsp.org.)

High school courses in biology, human anatomy and mathematics are strongly recommended for those planning to enter this program. New York State Emergency Medical Technician (or reciprocity) is a prerequisite.

The number of students in the program is limited on the basis of clinical facilities available. Upon completion of this program graduates are eligible to take the New York State and National Registry certifying Paramedic exams.

All EMS programs are located at DCC South in Wappingers Falls.
Courses should be selected in consultation with the EMS Program Coordinator at (845) 790-3620.

An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the A.A.S degree in Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic will be able to:
• obtain New York state certification and secure employment;
• perform advanced assessment of the sick and injured patients in a pre-hospital setting;
• utilize personal protective and safety equipment and be aware of exposure control response plan;
• assess, triage and treat multiple patients simultaneously;
• develop and implement appropriate treatment plans;
• analyze and properly interpret diagnostic test results;
• apply extrication principles to ensure the safe removal of patients from hazardous or life threatening environments;
• document all aspects of patient care from dispatch to transfer of patient;
• interface professionally with a wide variety of allied health professionals;
• utilize, troubleshoot and maintain advanced medical diagnostic equipment;
• properly provide leadership and coordination among varying emergency services responders;
• dispose of infectious waste;
• integrate the concepts of emergency vehicle operations with priority dispatch;
• recognize the need for personal well-being as a priority in providing patient care;
• integrate the principles of therapeutic communications to communicate with diverse populations;
• interact through radio and telephone communication with 911 centers;
• identify key performance indicators for quality assurance and quality improvement and incorporate into EMS system performance;
• interpret maps and directions under extreme conditions and pressure;
• provide initial stabilization and response coordination of large scale disasters;
• recognize the need for continuing education as a means to maintain competency and certification.


First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108 3
EMB 101 Emergency Medical Technician - Clinical 1
PAR 100 Intro to EMT-Paramedic 1
BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology for PAR 5
MAT 109 OR Survey of Mathematics OR  
MAT 118 (b) Elementary Statistics 3
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
PAR 101 Advanced Airway Management 1
PAR 102 Pathophysiology & Life Span Dev 3
PAR 106 Pharmacology and IV Therapy 3
PAR 120 Clinical I 2
PAR 107 EMS Operations 2
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
TOTAL   17

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
PAR 201 Trauma 3
PAR 203 Cardiology and Respiratory 4
PAR 205 Medical Emergencies I 4
PAR 220 Clinical II 2
TOTAL   16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
PAR 206 Patient Assessment 3
PAR 209 Medical Emergencies II 3
PAR 230 Clinical III 2
PAR 240 Summative Evaluation 4
Free Elective (a)   3
TOTAL   15


All PAR students are required to submit a completed physical exam form prior to clinical assignments. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for clinical assignments. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and its completion or a signed waiver is required by the clinical facilities under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.

All PAR students are required to have a background check and drug screen on file in order to be cleared for clinical rotations. This will be done as part of the enrollment requirements for PAR 120.

a. Read a full discussion of the free elective.

b. MAT 118 is highly recommended.

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