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Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic and Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic

Paramedics perform advanced medical assessment, stabilization, and treatment of patients in emergency situations on scene and during patient transport to a hospital.

The Bossier Parish Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).


To prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domain, who meet state and national expectations within the profession.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Paramedic degree will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective written, electronic, and verbal communication with patients and other healthcare providers to effectively convey, collect, and document patient assessment and treatment information;
  2. critical analysis of scene and patient assessment that leads to an accurate field impression and appropriate application of therapeutic interventions in response to medical and trauma emergencies;
  3. application of mathematical operations in the calculation of medication dosage and the interpretation of graphs and data;
  4. behaviors consistent with the NAEMT code of ethics; and
  5. the ability to perform those treatment and intervention skills appropriate to the role of the paramedic.

Specific Requirements:

Selection for the program is based on grade point average for qualification courses and submission of a complete program application by the established deadline. Students applying for paramedic program courses must submit all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section), pass a drug/alcohol screen, undergo a comprehensive background check, pay a clinical fee, and meet all additional Bureau of EMS and clinical site requirements.

Prior to beginning program classes, students must test out of READ 099 and MATH 097 as documented by ACT, placement tests, or course completion, and students must hold a current State of Louisiana EMT License.

Paramedic program classes are offered as both a day and evening program. Paramedic training is intense involving over 1,000 hours of didactic, laboratory, clinical, and field training.

Advanced standing into specific EMTP courses may be granted to students who have successfully completed paramedic training, hold current Paramedic license from the State of Louisiana and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a paramedic. Credit will be granted upon successful completion of all courses in the Paramedic curriculum and submission of required documentation. All other graduation requirements must be met.

Upon successful completion of the Paramedic program courses, a student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians- Paramedic exam and apply for State certification.

Certificate of Technical Studies and the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic

Qualification Courses (must be completed before enrolling in EMTP 201)†
BLGY 230: †Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BLGY 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology II† 3
Program courses†
EMTP 201: Introduction to Paramedic 4
EMTP 202: Airway Management and Ventilation 2
EMTP 203: Patient Assessment 2
EMTP 204: Treatment of the TraumaPatient 3
EMTP 205: Treatment of the Medical Patient I 5
EMTP 206: Special Considerations and Assessment based Management 3
EMTP 207: Operations 1
EMTP 208: Treatment of the Medical Patient II 4
EMTP 209: Applied Practice 3
EMTP 211: Paramedic Clinical Experience 3
EMTP 212: Paramedic Assessment and Review 2
EMTP 213: Field Internship I 1
EMTP 214: Field Internship II 2
EMTP 215: Field Internship III 3
Total credits for the Certificate of Technical Studies†in Paramedic 43
Program courses 
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I * 3
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II * 3
or ENGL 103:   Foundations of Professional Writing
  Humanities elective 3
MATH 102: College Algebra * 3
or MATH 101:   Algebra for College Students *
  Psychology elective  3
SPCH 110: Public Speaking 3
or SPCH 115:   Interpersonal Communication
Total additional course hours 18
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic† 60
* Students must meet prerequisites before taking course. †
English 103 may be taken in place of English 102, MATH 101 may be taken in place of MATH 102 and SPCH 115 may be taken in place of SPCH 110. These courses probably will not be transferable to a four year university. If you intend to pursue a Bachelorís degree you should check with the program you are considering to see what will transfer and what will not.
Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health or the Bachelor of Science in Unified Public Safety Administration

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