Paramedicine

Janice J. Harrop; Paramedic Program Director
Nathan L. Yearsley, Department Chair
Emily Backstein, Kathy Bergstrom, Alan Brower, Ileen Harrison, David Hunter, Kendal C. Jones, Margaret Reimann
Jean Hardy, Secretary (208-356-1333)

Paramedicine is designed for those who desire to become Paramedics and who desire to take the examinations necessary to certify through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Course work is approved for those wanting Idaho certification and who can satisfy the necessary requirements.

Prerequisites and general education for this program can be accomplished in two semesters previous to entering the program. Applications must be handed in to the program director by February 15 of the Winter semester preceding the paramedic classes. Prerequisites must be completed or in the process when the candidate makes application. If the prerequisite year is completed at BYU-Idaho, the following course work is suggested.

Specialized Associate Degree in Paramedicine (225)

First Year - Prerequisites

Religion                             4
Para 181/182- Basic EMT              6
Math 108 or higher                   3
BIO 264 Anat & Phys I                4
BIO 265 Anat & Phys II               4
Chem 101 - Intro to Chem             4
Eng 111 - Col Writing                3
HS 280 Med Terminology               3
BIO 286 Pharmacology                 3
Total Credits                       33
Paramedic Program
Fall Semester
Religion                             2
Para 250  Assess Bas Man I           1
Para 260  Preparatory                4
Para 264  Airway/Resp I              1
Para 274  Trauma/Med I               3
Para 280  Cardiology I               3
Para 285  EMS Operations I           1
Para 290  Hospital I                 1
Para 299  Prof Seminar               0
BIO 281  Pathophysiology             3
Total Credits                       19

Winter Semester
Religion                             2
Para 251 Assess Bas Man II           1
Para 270 Spec Consider               3
Para 276  Airway/Resp II             1
Para 278 Trauma/Med II               4
Para 286  EMS Oper II                1
Para 287 Cardiology II               1
Para 288  Diff Diagnosis             3
Para 291 - Hospital II               1
Para 299 - Prof Seminar              0
Comm 220 Communication               3
Total Credits                       20

Summer Term
Para 292 - Para Internship           6

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Paramedic Program

PARA 181 Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance (6:6:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Concurrent registration in PARA 182
Fee: $275 for disposable supplies, uniform, equipment, MOCK accident, and National Exam
Emergency Medical Technician training designed to qualify student to become ambulance attendants at the Basic Level upon passing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Basic written and practical exams.

PARA 182 Emergency Medical Technician Lab - Level I (required) 0
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PARA 181
Four class hours per week, plus one Saturday lab
Successful completion of this lab along with PARA 181 will prepare participants to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians Ambulance Exam.

PARA 184 EMT Review 2
Fee: $50 for National Registry written and practical exam
National refresher and review of basic skills and didactic work. Preparation for National EMT Ambulance exams given upon completion. 24 hrs time arranged.

PARA 250 Assessment Based Management I (1:0:4)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in PARA 260
Permission only
Ambulance scenarios with assessment based management for trauma and medical patients. Situations move from Field to Ambulance to Emergency Department. Emphasis is on working with a partner and aggressive treatment and transport.

PARA 251 Assessment Based Management II (1:0:4)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in PARA 278
Permission only
Ambulance scenarios with assessment based management for trauma and medical patients, adult, pediatric, and geriatric. Situations move from Field to Ambulance to Emergency Department. Emphasis is on team leader experience, scene control, use of personnel, aggressive treatment and transport.

PARA 252 Advanced EMT & Paramedic Review 2
Prerequisite: Current certification as a Basic EMT and course completion or certification for EMT-I or EMT-P
Permission only
48 Hours time arranged
Fee: $85 for National Registry Written and Practical Exams
Refresher and preparation for National Paramedic or Intermediate Exams.

PARA 260 Preparatory 4
Permission Only
Prerequisite: BIO 264, BIO 265,
BIO 286
Preparatory fundamentals to include: EMS Systems, Roles & Responsibilities, Well being, Injury & Illness Prevention, Medical & Legal Issues, Ethics, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Venous Access, Medication Administration, Therapeutic Communications, Documentation, Life Span Development, Patient Assessment.
Fee: Disposable supplies and Competency Exam fees - $385.

PARA 264 Airway/Respiratory I 1
Permission Only
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Para 260
Airway Anatomy, physiology and management to include endotracheal intubation, combitube, PTL, transilluminated intubation, EOA, EGTA tracheal suctioning, extubation, medication management, inhalers, nebulized medication, respiratory medications.

PARA 270 Special Considerations (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: Para 260
Permission Only
Assessment and management of neonate, pediatric, geriatric, special patients, challenged patients, and abused and assaulted patients. Includes: Pediatric Advanced Life Support provider certification preparation and critical care and acute interventions in the Home Care Patient.

PARA 274 Trauma and Medical Emergencies I (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Para 260
Permission only
Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider preparation, kinematics and trauma, assessment and management, introduction to medical emergencies, pediatric and geriatric.

PARA 276 Advanced Airway/Respiratory II (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Para 264
Permission only
Advanced airway techniques, needle cricothyrotomy, surgical cricothyrotomy, transtrachael jet ventilation, transilluminated intubation, rapid sequence intubation, retrograde intubation, LMA, nasotrachael intubation, digital intubation, stoma management, advanced respiratory pharmacological management.

PARA 278 Trauma and Medical Emergencies II (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: Para 260, 274
Permission only
Fee: $444 for disposable supplies, competency and national exams, and graduation fees
Pathophysiology, assessment and management of patients with medical disorders and emergencies. Areas include: Neurology, Endocrinology, Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Gastroenterology, Renal/Urology, Toxicology, Hematology, Environmental Conditions, Infectious and Communicable Diseases, Behavioral/Psychiatric Disorders, Gynecology and Obstetrics. Lab practice in MEGA-CODES and patient care in Trauma, Cardiac and Medical Emergencies, Pediatric, and Geriatric.

PARA 280 Cardiology I (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Para 260
Permission Only
Cardiovascular Anatomy, Pathophysiology, assessment and management of patients with cardiac related emergencies, ECG monitoring 1-3 lead, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, provider preparation.

PARA 285 EMS Operations I (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Para 260
Permission Only
Mass Casualty Incident Command, HAZMAT Awareness, Search and Rescue Awareness.

PARA 286 EMS Operations II (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: 285
Permission Only
Street Sense and Crime Scene Awareness.

PARA 287 Cardiology II 1
Prerequisite: Para 280
Permission Only
Pathophysiology, assessment including 12 lead ECG evaluation and management of cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Includes etiology, signs and symptoms of compromise, clinical implications, treatment protocols, pharmacological & electrical interventions and termination of resuscitation, MEGA-CODE practice and patient assessment and management.

PARA 288 Differential Diagnosis /Clinical Decision (3:3:0)
Permission Only
Critical Evaluation and Clinical Decision Making, Assessment and Management of Traumatic and Medical Emergencies, Differential Diagnosis

PARA 290 Paramedic Hospital Clinical I 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Para 260 or Para 278
Permission only
Eight clinical hours per week
Hospital experience: Emergency Department, Operating Room intubations, IV therapy, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, ICU/ CCU, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, ECG, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Floor, Geriatrics, Central Supply /Pharmacy, Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health. Must be taken for a minimum of 420 hospital hours. (May be taken more than one semester.)

PARA 291 Paramedic Hospital Clinical II 1
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Para 260 or Para 278
Permission only
Eight clinical hours per week
Hospital experience: Emergency Department, Operating Room intubations, IV therapy, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, ICU/ CCU, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, ECG, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Floor, Geriatrics, Central Supply /Pharmacy, Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health. Must be taken for a minimum of 420 hospital hours. (May be taken more than one semester.)

PARA 292 Paramedic Ambulance Internship 1-12
Prerequisites: PARA 250, 251, 260, 264, 270, 274, 276, 278, 280, 285, 286, 287, 288, 290, 291
Permission only
40 ambulance hours per week
Fees for liability insurance, internship administration and paperwork. Additional fees may be charged by interning ambulance services.
Preceptor Internship with 911 ambulance services. Must be approved by the Paramedic Program Committee (480 hrs minimum).

PARA 299 Professional Experience Seminar 1-3
Prerequisite: Consent of supervising faculty members
May be repeated for credit
Hours per week to be arranged
Designed to offer credit in a specialty area where teaching, administrative or organizational experiences are provided for individual students in the area of Paramedicine. Includes local ambulance experience scheduling and doctors' seminars.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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