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2020-21 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 a 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.

Demonstrate workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.

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 will be required to complete all screening requirements outlined in OAR 409-030-0190 and additional RCC 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
CIS/CS___ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS/20/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 2 0-2
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 2
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes
for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 8-18
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BI232 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BI233 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
COMM100 Basic Communication, or higher level communication 3-4
ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES131 EMT Part I
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II lAB 2
ES171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
ES205 Crisis Intervention and Management for Emergency Services Workers 3
ES268 Emergency Services Rescue 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level composition 3 3-4
  Total First Year Credits 45-47


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 45 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.

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 2
ES295 ES295 Health and Fitness for Emergency Service Workers or HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 4 1
Second Term
EMS272 Paramedic Part II 8
EMS272L Paramedic Lab Part II 2
EMS282 Paramedic Clinical Practice II 3
Third Term
EMS273 Paramedic Part III 7
EMS273L Paramedic Lab Part III 2
EMS283 Paramedic Clinical Practice III 3
Fourth Term
EMS284 Paramedic Clinical Practice IV 8
  Approved program elective 0-3
  Total Second Year Credits 50-53
  Total Program Credits


Approved Program Electives (minimum 0-3 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
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
ES280 Cooperative Work Experience/EMS 1-3
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
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 Alternative to Communication and Writing requirements above: 7-8 credits, WR115 and WR121, OR WR115 (or higher) and COMM100, COMM111, COMM115, or COMM218.

4 LIB127 is a corequisite for EMS271.

For more information contact the Emergency Services Department:

Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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