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2019-20 Paramedicine (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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 through the Placement Process. 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.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Emergency Services Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.
Course No.
Course Title
BI211 General Biology I with lab 1 4
CS/CIS___ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years. 2 0-4
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or designated placement test score
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 4-15
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
Second Term
BI232 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
EMS170 Emergency Communication and Documentation 2
ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 1
MTH96 Applied Algebra II or or
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher level math
Third Term
BI233 Anatomy and Physiology III with lab 4
ES171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
ES205 Crisis Management 3
ES268 Emergency Service Rescue 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Total First Year Credits 47
Second Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fourth Term
EMS271 Paramedic Part I 8
EMS271L Paramedic Lab Part I 2
EMS281 Paramedic Clinical Practice I 1
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or SP218 Interpersonal Communications 4
Fifth Term
EMS272 Paramedic Part II 8
EMS272L Paramedic Lab Part II 2
EMS282 Paramedic Clinical Practice II 2
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life or
ES295 Health and Fitness for Emergency Service Workers
Sixth Term
EMS273 Paramedic Part III 5
EMS273L Paramedic Lab Part III 2
EMS283 Paramedic Clinical Practice III 2
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations
  Approved social science elective 3-4
Seventh Term
EMS284 Paramedic Clinical Practice IV 8
  Approved program elective 3-7
  Total Second Year Credits 56-61
  Total Program Credits


Approved Program Electives (minimum 3-7 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
ASL101, ASL102, ASL103 First Year American Sign Language I, II, III 4-4-4
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry with lab and recitation 5
CJ243/SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
ED120 Leadership I 1
ED121 Leadership II 1
ED122 Leadership III 1
EMS160 Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation 2
EMS165 Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Occupations 2
EMS211/L Advanced EMT Part I w/Lab 5
EMS212/L Advanced EMT Part II w/Lab 5
EMS213/L Advanced EMT Part III w/Lab 3
ES222 Advanced EMT Intermediate – Clinical Practice II 5
ES223 Advanced EMT Intermediate – Clinical Practice III 5
EMS299 Workshop: EMS Training variable
ES280 Cooperative Work Experience/EMS 1-6
FRP251 Firefighter Level I 3 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 3 5
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
HC100 Community Health Worker 6
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 4
MTH243 Probability and Statistics 4
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Any world language 4
Emergency Medical Service and Inservice Training
Up to 16 credits may be applied to the Paramedicine AAS degree for students who have completed EMS education or pre-hospital care experience. See the Emergency Services Department chair for information.

1 BI211 is a prerequisite to BI231; CHEM104 also highly recommended.

2 Required for graduation.

3 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

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