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Paramedic Class Descriptions

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Click here to view the document mapping the Cowley College paramedic class objectives to the National Education Standards, as adopted by the Kansas Board of EMS.

Paramedic 1 (12 credit hours)
This course provides students with an understanding of airway management, patient assessment, preparatory EMS topics, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medication administration, EMS research and medical terminology. This is the first course of the paramedic technical curriculum and helps prepare the student for progression through the program.  The student will develop competencies in the application of the principles of pre‑hospital emergency care, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology. Patient assessment, airway management, and pharmacological skills will be developed and improved so that the student can successfully care for a patient. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition 1, English Composition 2, Paramedic Preparation course and student selected to enter the paramedic program.

image Paramedic 2 (12 credit hours)
This course provides students with an understanding of electrocardiography, cardiology, and resuscitation. Students also gain a functional knowledge of the principles, concepts, pathophysiology and treatment modalities for medical and trauma emergencies commonly encountered by the paramedic, as well as an understanding of EMS operations, MCIs, and other pertinent topics. The student will develop competencies in interpreting and treating ECG rhythms, localizing myocardial infarction sites, and advanced patient resuscitation. Students will gain the ability to assess and manage patients with medical and/or trauma emergencies, and will develop competencies in EMS operations.

imageParamedic 3 (12 credit hours)
The purpose of Paramedic 3 is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the principles of patient assessment, ECG interpretation, pharmacology, airway management, and patient treatment modalities in the clinical setting.  This course reinforces the academic and functional knowledge of the principles and concepts presented during the Paramedic Program. The student will develop competencies in the application of the principles and management techniques used in emergency medicine.  Competencies will be further developed in patient assessment skills, ECG interpretation, pharmacology use, airway skills, and patient treatment modalities.

imageParamedic 4 (12 credit hours)
The purpose of Paramedic 4 is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the principles of patient assessment, ECG interpretation, pharmacology, airway management, and patient treatment modalities in the pre‑hospital setting.  It reinforces the academic and functional knowledge of the principles and concepts presented during the Paramedic Program. Students will also prepare to pass the National Registry examination. The student will develop competencies in the application of the principles and management techniques used in emergency medicine.  Competencies will be further developed in patient assessment skills, ECG interpretation, pharmacology use, airway skills, and patient treatment modalities. Competencies will also be developed in the application of cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains necessary to pass the National Registry examination.

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