The Associate of Applied Science Degree allows students who have completed one of BCCC’s Paramedic certificates or EMS providers who are currently Nationally Registered Paramedics to achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine.
The in-coming student has completed one of the Paramedic Certificates or receives credit for his/her Paramedic License and must earn 18 additional credit hours in General Education as listed below to receive the Associate Degree.
A Paramedic CRT provides emergency medical treatment at the scene of an accident or illness and transports sick and injured persons to medical facilities. The Paramedic CRT also analyzes and takes command of patient care with full responsibility for the patient until relieved by proper medical staff. Work of this class involves leading other Fire and EMS employees, but does not involve full supervisory duties or responsibilities.
Employees in this class work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Work is performed at the scene of medical emergencies, major traffic and other accidents, natural and man-made disasters where there is exposure to hazardous situations and emotionally traumatic events. Work requires strenuous physical activity such as lifting, climbing and bending.
Typical examples of work:
- Drives an ambulance under emergency and non-emergency conditions when transporting sick and injured persons to emergency medical facilities.
- Responds to medical emergencies and administers prescribed medical treatment to sick and injured persons at the site of emergency or in a specially equipped vehicle.
- Provides emotional support to distressed persons.
- Conducts or assists in the extrication of trapped persons and physically removes victim(s) from scenes of accident, illnesses or disaster.
- Physically remove patients from multi-level dwellings utilizing stair chair or other patient movement equipment.
- Safely lift and carry patients by means of wheeled stretcher.
- Determines nature and extent of illness or injury or magnitude of disaster, treatment procedures and need for additional assistance; administers prescribed medical treatment at the site or emergency or in a specially equipped vehicle.
- Performs primary and secondary physical assessment of ill or injured persons to determine nature and extent of illness, injury or magnitude of disaster, treatment procedures and need for additional assistance.
- Performs treatment activities such as the administration of oxygen or intravenous therapy, administration of medications, defibrillation procedures, acquiring, interpreting, and transmitting electrocardiograms, artificial resuscitation, the application of splints to broken bones, the control of hemorrhages and the treatment of minor wounds or abrasions or other procedures as required.
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
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