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Emergency Medical & Health Services

Program Chair

Melissa Stoddard, MA, MPH, NCP
253.566.5219 mstoddard@tacomacc.edu

TCC’s Emergency Medical & Health Services program prepares students for employment in the emergency medical services field. The program has three levels: the EMT-Basic certificate course, the Paramedic certificate, and the Emergency Medical & Health Services AAS degree.

EMT-Basic provides basic life support and transportation for victims of illness and injury. The EMT-Basic program at TCC follows U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines as well as Washington State Department of Health standards.

Paramedics are typically employed by fire services, hospitals, and ambulance companies and while in the field serve as the eyes, ears, and hands of an emergency physician. The program is designed to prepare graduates to meet state certification requirements and to take the National Registry EMT-Paramedic examination.

The TCC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) by recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the certificate in Paramedic Education, students will:

  • Function as competent, entry-level National Registered Paramedics.
  • Use critical-thinking and decision-making skills to perform a differential diagnosis, identify patient care priorities, and develop and execute patient-care plans.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills consistent with the practice of pre-hospital medicine.
  • Function efficiently and effectively as members of a health care teams, including treating all patients with dignity, respect and courtesy consistent with the standards of the profession.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in all aspects of Paramedic care.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EMT-BASIC COURSE

  • Accuplacer assessment exam scores showing placement at ENGL/ 085 or higher, MATH 085 or higher or successful completion with a C grade or higher in MATH 075.
  • Current driver’s license
  • Current CPR card (Health Care Provider) card issued by the American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer card issued by the American Red Cross. No other cards are accepted.

Emergency Medical Technician–Basic Certificate

(10 credits)

The EMT-Basic program is the entry-level certification course for the Emergency Medical and Health Services field.

EMC 110

Emergency Medical Technician Basic

10

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

  • EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification with work or volunteer experience for a minimum of one or more years ride time. Certification requires state licensure and/or national licensure with Registry (NREMT)
  • Completion of MATH 090, ENGL& 101 or showing placement in ENGL& 101 and MATH 090.

NON-ACADEMIC PROGRAM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Contact the EMS program for information about:

  • Criminal and federal fraud background checks
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations

Students are responsible for arranging dependable transportation to and from clinical sites and dependable child/dependent care. Admission to the TCC paramedic program is competitive. There are usually more program applicants than available positions. Completing prerequisite courses and satisfying requirements for a completed application does not guarantee program admission.

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Paramedic Certificate

(65 credits)

  1. Prerequisites (8 credits)

BIOL& 175

Human Biology

5

HIM 130

Medical Terminology

3

  1. Fall Quarter (22 credits)

EMC 116

Introduction to Emergency Medical Care

4

EMC 120

Paramedic I (didactic)

12

EMC 130

Paramedic Clinical I

4

PE 100

Total Fitness

2

  1. Winter Quarter (21 credits)

EMC 121

Paramedic (didactic) II

12

EMC 131

Paramedic Clinical II

7

PE 200

Advanced Total Fitness

2

  1. Spring Quarter (14 credits)

EMC 122

Paramedic III (didactic)

5

EMC 132

Paramedic Clinical III

9

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

(107 credits)

The AAS degree in Emergency Medical & Health Services requires the completion of the Paramedic certificate (65 credits) and an additional 42 credits of required degree courses. With the exception of EMC 200, students may take all of the required degree courses in advance of the Paramedic certificate program.

  1. Required Degree Courses (42 additional credits))

EMC 200

Contemporary Issues in Pre-Hospital Care

2

PSYC& 100

General Psychology

5

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

BUS 110

Business Math

5

or MATH& 107

Math in Society

 

BUS 163

Management Principles and Organizational Systems

5

or BUS 164

Leadership and Human Relations

 

PHIL 105

Introduction to Critical Thinking

5

or ENGL& 102

Composition II: Argument and Persuasion

 

SOC& 101

Introduction to Sociology

5

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

or CMST& 220

Public Speaking

 

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

 
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