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2018-19 Paramedicine Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 510904A
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is accredited by the Oregon Department of
Education and the Oregon Health Authority – EMS, and the Paramedicine program is nationally
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational
Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

The program offers career training for entry-level personnel ranging from EMTs to paramedics.
During the first year of study, successful completion of the EMT course leads to eligibility to sit for
the state and National Registry EMT exams. Successful completion of this curriculum qualifies the
graduate to sit for the state and national registry exams to become a paramedic.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for emergency medical service programs are:

Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.

Demonstrate effective communication, cultural competency, and conflict management and intervention skills for people in crisis.

Implement self-care strategies and techniques to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma on emergency providers.

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes.

Understand and follow workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.

Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques in the operation of emergency vehicles.

Demonstrate safe work practices in a variety of specific rescue situations including rope, water, wilderness, and confined space rescue.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

This program requires an application and satisfaction of certain course admission criteria prior
to enrolling in paramedic courses. Information is available on the Emergency Services (ES)
Department website ( or at the ES Department office
located at the RCC Table Rock Campus. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ES
Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be high school
graduates or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students must meet the qualifications
outlined by the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. Students are required to submit verification
of certain immunizations and medical tests. Students are also required to pass a drug screen
and a criminal background investigation prior to their mandatory clinical time.

Advanced Standing

Students will normally have completed the entire first year requirements for this program prior to
enrolling in the paramedic course. Applicants to the paramedic course will be selected on the basis
of experience as an EMT, overall academic GPA, success in BI231, BI232, and BI233, and the
number of classes remaining to complete the degree program. An oral interview will be conducted
during summer term for all eligible candidates. Students are required to have completed 52 or more
credits of program requirements before they are eligible to begin the paramedic course. Additional
requirements will be in accordance with current statewide policies and procedures. Courses from
accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the
ES Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program
courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the ES Department chair before being
accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the credits outlined in this program with a grade of “C” or better and successfully
certifying at the EMT level, will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedicine.
Certain required courses may be graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these
courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

For more information contact the Emergency Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711