Associate of Applied Science in Paramedical Technology

This program is delivered only through Kenai Peninsula College and Matanuska-Susitna College.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Admission to the paramedical technology program is competitive and based on a ranking process. Program applications can be requested through the department or downloaded via the Internet. Application requirements must be completed prior to the May 15 application deadline.

Students should consider applying for admission as a pre-major in paramedical  technology while enrolled in other paramedical technology degree prerequisite courses. While being a pre-major is not required, students may be eligible for financial aid since they will be considered a degree-seeking student. Students enrolled as paramedical technology pre-majors are still required to obtain a KPC or MSC campus-specific certificate of admission.

Admission as a paramedical technology pre-major does not guarantee admission to the paramedical technology degree program. Applications for the degree program that starts each fall must still be submitted by the May 15 deadline. Formal admission requirements to the Paramedical Technology AAS program are listed below.

  1. Certificate of admission from the Office of Admissions, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any). Documentation from college transcripts must show successful completion of BIOL A111 and BIOL A112 with laboratories and grades of 2.00 (C) or above.
  2. Student must attend an advising session with the KPC or MSC paramedical technology coordinator. Contact the campus for an appointment.
  3. Paramedic Program Application and Confidential Required Information form sent to the paramedical technology coordinator:
    1. Copy of current National Registry EMT-Basic or state of Alaska EMT-1 certificate
    2. Evidence of current Healthcare Provider or equivalent, CPR Card
    3. Copies of all current medical certifications or licenses
    4. Military DD-214 (long form); if applicable
    5. Complete BIOL A111, BIOL A112 (8 credits) with a minimum C grade.
    6. Submit to the program coordinator the scores from the Nurse Entrance Test (NET). The test may be scheduled through the KPC, MSC or UAA testing centers
    7. Resume with three letters of recommendation
    8. Admissions essay
  4. Upon completion of items 1-3, student files are ranked based on a point system. The top 20 (KPC) or 25 (MSC) applicants will be notified and invited for oral interviews by a selection committee. The top 15 (KPC) or 16 (MSC) will be accepted into the program. The remaining standby applicants will be ranked and offered a position should an accepted applicant decline admission. Please contact department for further details. Students will be contacted in June with the results.

Admission Requirements Before Beginning Coursework

Once admitted to the paramedical technology program, students are required to provide the following before beginning coursework:

  1. Provide documentation from personal physician, PA-C, or NP affirming capability of performing the physical tasks as outlined by the DOT 1998 Paramedic Curriculum.
  2. Evidence of:
    1. Immunity to measles, rubella and mumps confirmed by titer;
    2. Immunity to hepatitis A and hepatitis B, confirmed by titer (first semester clinical students may be in the process of completing the immunization series; for those students, documentation of immunity by titer is required prior to entry into PMED A295 course);
    3. Immunity to chicken pox documented by history, titer or current immunization;
    4. Diphtheria/tetanus vaccination within the past 10 years (with booster required at the time of expiration);
    5. Freedom from active tuberculosis, documented annually by negative PPD skin test or by health examination by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant;
    6. Documentation of HIV testing annually (results not required to be submitted to KPC/MSC).
  3. Healthcare Provider or equivalent CPR certificate must be kept current.
  4. Professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million/$3 million must be maintained throughout the duration of the student’s enrollment in the paramedical technology program. The policy will be paid out of student lab fees.
  5. Submit results of a state- and national-level criminal background check. Must be completed prior to the start of courses. This process can take several months to complete.
  6. Document having been found free of illegal drugs. Tests must be taken and results submitted to the paramedical technology coordinator after being accepted into the program, and before the first day of class.

Students enrolled in clinical courses must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments and will be required to purchase uniforms and specialized equipment. The college assumes no responsibility for illnesses and injuries experienced by students in conjunction with their clinical experiences; students who are injured while completing clinical assignments are responsible for all associated medical costs. No workers compensation will be awarded if injured on a clinical site, or during the field internship. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance.

Advising

Advising for the Kenai Peninsula College program is only available from the paramedical technology faculty at KPC. Please call (907) 262-0378 for more information.

Advising for the Mat-Su College program is only available from the paramedical technology faculty at MSC. Please call (907) 746-9329 for more information.

Academic Requirements

  • Students are required to earn a grade of 3.00 B or higher in each PMED course. Failure to maintain a passing grade of B will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must complete all General Course Requirements (English, communications and math) before they register for or begin their ride-along internship (PMED A295).

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Communication Requirements
Oral Communication:3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication (recommended)
Written Communication:6
Writing Across Contexts (required)
Writing and the Professions (recommended)
Natural Science Requirements
BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I *4
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II *4
Math Requirement
MATH A105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3
Program Requirements
PMED A241Paramedicine I8
PMED A242Clinical Rotation I4
PMED A251Paramedicine II8
PMED A252Clinical Rotation II4
PMED A261Paramedicine III8
PMED A262Clinical Rotation III4
PMED A295Paramedic Internship12
Total Credits68
*

BIOL A111 and BIOL A112 are prerequisites for admission into the paramedic program and also fulfill the AAS General Course Requirements.

A total of 68 credits is required for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The national DOT curriculum for paramedic training covers 14 learning outcomes and the MSC program follows that curriculum. The students and the program are assessed by an external review team (the National Registry) on each of those specific curriculum points.

National Highway Safety Traffic Association curriculum outcomes:

  • Preparatory — Integrates comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, safety/well-being of the paramedic, and medical/legal and ethical issues, which is intended to improve the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community.
  • Anatomy and Physiology — Integrates a complex depth and comprehensive breadth of knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems.
  • Medical Terminology — Integrates comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations into the written and oral communication with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Pathophysiology — Integrates comprehensive knowledge of pathophysiology of major human systems.
  • Life Span Development — Integrates comprehensive knowledge of life span development.
  • Public Health — Applies fundamental knowledge of principles of public health and epidemiology including public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness and injury prevention.
  • Pharmacology — Integrates comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology to formulate a treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient.
  • Airway Management, Respiration and Artificial Ventilation — Integrates complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patent airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages.
  • Patient Assessment — Integrates scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. This includes developing a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning to modify the assessment and formulate a treatment plan.
  • Medicine — Integrates assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for a patient with a medical complaint.
  • Shock and Resuscitation — Integrates comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of cardiac arrest and peri-arrest states. Integrates a comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure or arrest with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent arrest.
  • Trauma — Integrates assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression to implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for an acutely injured patient.
  • Special Patient Population — Integrates assessment findings with principles of pathophysiology and knowledge of psychosocial needs to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for patients with special needs.
  • EMS Operations — Knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure safe patient, public, and personnel safety.