The Paramedicine program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of positions within Emergency Medical Services including government, hospital based and private ambulance services, hospitals, and patient transport services; along with the ability to serve as volunteer with specifically designated ambulance service. The program provides advanced life support training to an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who is proficient and knowledgeable of the skills involved with basic life support.
Successful completion will prepare graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), certifying examination for Paramedics; this is required by the State of Nebraska as a component for initial state licensure.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Student Learning Outcomes
Paramedicine graduates are prepared to:
- Identify with the professional practices and patient advocacy.
- Demonstrate appropriate techniques for patient assessment.
- Determine appropriate interventions based upon accurate patient assessments.
- Implement the proper utilization of equipment based upon patient assessment and following applicable level scope of practice.
Job prospects should be favorable, showing expected growth of nine percent between 2008 and 2018. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations. For Nebraska this equates to an estimated 20 openings per year, 35 percentage due to growth and 65 percentage due to replacement. This is comparable with all occupations in Nebraska. Note, however, this figure is reflective of only paid positions and does not reflect increased demand for paramedics in volunteer squads.
Admission to the Paramedicine program is selective. Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent, submit official transcripts of transferable course work and complete the required assessment (ACT, COMPASS or ASSET). Applicants must hold a current EMT license/certification as well as American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card or equivalent. In addition, the applicant must complete an admissions interview with the EMS Program Director and meet the Essential Functions of the job.
Immunizations are required, see program director for the specific immunizations needed.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided by their adviser. A student's final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her adviser prior to any academic planning and registering.
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