• Paramedic Bridge Certificate

    Program Description 

    The Paramedic Bridge Certificate advances a Maryland Licensed Cardiac Rescue Technician who attends BCCC to Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) certification.

    The in-coming student receives 12 credit hours toward the Paramedic Bridge Certificate must earn 31 additional credit hours to receive the advanced certificate.

    Job Description

    • Provides medical responses to calls for fire suppression and rescue operations, including accidents, collapsed structures, floods, drowning, explosions, HAZMAT and other incidents; secures emergency scene victims using a variety of equipment and tools when necessary.

    • Safely drives, operates and maintains Emergency Medical Service (EMS) vehicles and equipment under emergency and non-emergency conditions.

    • Determines nature and extent of illness or injury or magnitude of disaster to determine treatment procedures and need for additional assistance; administers prescribed medical treatment at the site of emergency or in specially equipped vehicle; transports sick and injured persons to emergency medical facility.

    • Administers basic life support as appropriate; performs such treatment activities as administering oxygen, defibrillation procedures and artificial resuscitation, the application of splints to broken bones, treatment of minor wounds and abrasions and controlling of hemorrhages and administering specified drugs.

    • Obtains and follows instructions from senior or appropriate medical facility professionals regarding further treatment of patients.

    • Re-equips ambulance with proper inventory or supplies, maintains ambulance and emergency equipment in clean, sanitary and serviceable condition.

    • Provides support to distressed and emotional patients.

    • Conducts and/or assists in the extrication of trapped persons.

    • Physically removes patients from multi-level dwellings utilizing stair chair or other equipment.

    Career Options and Occupation Outlook

    The Baltimore City Fire Department, surrounding county fire departments, hospitals and area commercial ambulance companies all need a continuing source of trained EMS personnel.
    Graduates will be employed by: 
    • Fire and rescue organizations
    • Private ambulance companies
    • Other health care agencies

    Skills Needed

    There are key skills needed to be a paramedic:
    • A caring and empathetic nature and highly developed communications skills.
    • The capacity to remain calm, think clearly and act quickly in stressful situations.
    • Team work and self-reliance.
    • Adaptability and resilience.
    • The ability to follow instructions and guidelines.
    • A good level of health and physical fitness.