Prepare students to be the initial EMS responder in a pre-hospital setting of a medical, trauma or catastrophic incident. Students will be instructed, trained and evaluated on the following: to initiate initial scene assessment, triage and safety, patient care, advance airway adjuncts, respiratory intervention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, control bleeding, wound care, stabilization of spinal injuries, splinting of fractures, assist with normal childbirth, administer medications, use of the statewide EMS communication system. The paramedic student is expected at course completion to demonstrate in an efficient and effective manner his/her ability to initiate advance care for medical and traumatic emergencies by performing the following; surgical cricothyrotomy, intravenous therapy, cardioversion, defibrillation and endotracheal intubation. In addition, the paramedic student will be prepared for different aspects of being a paramedic involving hospital and aero-medical atmospheres. The paramedic course is structured using the National Standard Curriculum and the standards set forth by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
HYBRID: Students have a hybrid course delivery option. A hybrid course indicates a blended learning format which combines face-to-face classroom instruction with computer-based learning. Online class environment is provided via Navigate ® distributed by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Only the lecture portion of the EMT hybrid course is fully online with the following in person requirements; orientation, midterm and final exams. The hybrid student attends the other portions of the course (lab sessions, field and hospital externships) in person.