The 2016 Paramedic Course has two options—hybrid and standard. The hybrid sections have significant online work assignments in addition to face-to-face meetings one day every other week for 8 hours (9am to 5pm). There are sections that meet on Wednesdays and also a Friday section. The standard format course utilizes the online learning lessons to support the student’s learning but there are no formal assignments. The standard format section meets face-to-face in the classroom each Tuesday (9am to 5pm) and each Friday morning (9am-1pm). The standard format section’s schedule meets the requirements for military veterans to use their education benefits.
In 2015, we conducted a pilot RN to Paramedic Bridge course. That course will be completed in January of 2016. We enrolled two of our Firefighters who are EMTs and who work in a busy ER setting. A plan for advanced placement was implemented and we began a series of twelve lab / simulation sessions spread out over about six months.
See the 2016 Course Catalog for details on this option for RN’s with emergency services experience to “Bridge” over to Paramedic.
If you have an interest in this course, please contact Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paramedic Head Start is a series of 3 online courses (using our Moodle LMS) use the same lesson materials that we use in the actual Paramedic Course. All of this would be strictly optional and serve as preparatory work—it would NOT provide advanced standing or preclude the student from any actual coursework in the Paramedic class. It would give the student a very solid feel for the depth and breadth of our studies and introduce you to our methodologies. Plus, your efforts are not wasted as this stuff counts!
We know that paramedic students learn best in small groups under the guidance of a talented coach working in lab and simulation settings. However, a key component of our learning process involves online preparation. This Paramedic Head Start would clearly help you prepare.
The Airway & Breathing Course, Pharmacology Course and the ECG Level 1 Course are all live on Moodle.
If you are interested in this course or have questions, contact Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Manager at email@example.com.
In addition to our EMT educational opportunities directed toward Fire District members, we have some offerings that are open to non-members.
Currently, we deliver EMT as part of our Recruit Training program to all incoming members of the Fire District. In January, we will also offer an EMT course that is open to public enrollment.
This is NOT an official certification—it’s simply the name of a class that we offer. The idea is that we want to address the typical gap in knowledge and capabilities between standard EMT class graduates and those EMTs that are high-functioning partners to Paramedics on an ALS Crew. This course also provides some helpful skills to our Fire District EMTs who are functioning in the first-response role.
Taught by staff from our two local ambulance services who are charged with orienting new EMT hires, the content focuses on all those little things that Paramedics LOVE to have their EMT partners be able to handle. For example, we spend some time on acquiring 12-lead EKGs, setting up IVs, helping with IV and IO starts, setting up CPAP and high-flow nebulizer treatments and assisting with ALS airway management. We work on learning all about the Zoll X-Series cardiac monitors that are in use by both local services. All of this stays strictly within the EMT scope of practice but much of it is simply not covered in the standard EMT course. We do all of this in a lab setting.