Emergency medical services are among the newest, most dynamic, and most progressive disciplines within the field of medicine. Thirty years ago, there were no emergency medical technicians or paramedics, and pre-hospital treatment and transportation was provided by funeral home, police, and fire personnel with little or no training or specialized equipment. With the dramatic advances in knowledge, education and equipment developed since that time, Americans now expect highly trained and skilled experts in pre-hospital emergency medicine to respond swiftly in their time of need. It is the goal of the Emergency Medical Services program to provide our community with a corps of highly educated, trained, motivated and professional EMS personnel to help fulfill that expectation.
Students accepted to this program take the core paramedic courses and receive the paramedic certificate. Successful completion prepares the student to sit for the Massachusetts certification examination. Certified paramedics will be prepared to move on and earn an associate's degree by completing the general education component of the paramedic degree program.
The paramedic core has been accredited by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services. Upon successful completion of the clinical/field placement components of this program, the student will be prepared to take the certification examination for paramedics by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) check is required of all students accepted into the program. Students should be aware that a court record might prevent them from clinical/field rotation or certification examination for Paramedics of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Finger printing may be required and drug testing will be required. All students must submit evidence of a positive Hepatitis B titer to be admitted to the program.
In addition to receiving a grade of “C” or higher in all Paramedic courses, the student must demonstrate satisfactory progress in all clinical, laboratory, and field placement experiences to qualify for the Associate Degree. The classroom component must be completed prior to clinical and fieldwork assignments. Furthermore, prior to entering field placement, the student must have obtained Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification.
To be eligible for consideration for admission to the Paramedic Certificate Program the student must hold a current Massachusetts EMT-Basic Certificate and have at least 1 year of experience (or equivalent) as an EMT-Basic; as verified by a letter from the employer, a Health Care provider CPR card, documentation of immunization currency and satisfactory health status prior to beginning clinical experience.
Emergency Medical Services students should anticipate additional expenses for uniforms/clinical wear, textbooks, professional liability insurance, licensing, certificatation examinations, and any required skills for remediation.
Technical Performance Standards
Prior to application please review the Technical Standards requirements on pages 17-20 in the current college catalog.
*This equivalency can include equivalent experience in the military. Applicants who do not have an EMT-Basic Certificate can complete requirements for that certification through evening or summer course work at QCC.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The CIP Code is 51.0904. See http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/CIP?s=51.0904&g=Go
for more information.
0% of students graduate within twelve months of enrolling in the program. 0% of students graduate within twelve months of enrolling in the college. The cost of this program for Tuition and Fees is $11,737 and the estimated books and supplies are $1,350.
Semester 1 (Fall)
Introduction to the Human Body
Introduction to Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Pharmacology for Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Patient Assessment & Human Systems
Patient Assessment/Pharmacology: Laboratory
Life Span and Healthcare Issues for Pre-Hospital Care
Semester 2 (Spring)
Advanced Pre-Hospital Care
Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Neonatal and Pediatric Emergencies
Topics In Advanced Life Support
Semester 3 (Summer 1 & 2)
Clinical Placement for the Paramedic
Semester 4 (Fall)
Field Placement for the Paramedic