Associate in Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Technology is a 68- to 69-credit-hour program designed for students who want to pursue a career in paramedic technology. Students learn to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment to provide high-level emergency medical care and stabilize emergency patients.
This program prepares students for careers as emergency medical technicians/paramedics. Paramedics play an important role in the emergency response system. They are trained to assess and recognize patient injuries and illnesses, provide advanced life support, including fluid and drug therapy, and perform some essential emergency surgical techniques under the written or oral orders of licensed physicians.
Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification boards and apply for state licensing.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 as full-time paid EMTs and paramedics replace unpaid volunteers. One of the reasons for this growth is that the aging Baby Boomer generation will need increased emergency medical care. In 2004, paramedics held about 192,000 jobs; the majority worked in metropolitan areas.
Persons interested in paramedic technology should be:
- Mature in dealing with others as well as coworkers
- Physically conditioned to carry, lift, extricate, climb, hoist, etc.
- Able to work with either hand
- Able to give as well as receive written and oral directions and instructions
- Able to see and discriminate color in examining patients to determine diagnostic signs that require immediate treatment