Applied Health Studies: Emergency Medical Services Concentration (BAE)

(Effective Fall 2017)

Extensive classroom, laboratory, and clinical/field experience prepares the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician examination and become certified as a paramedic. Major area course work meets or exceeds the National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic as prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to major-area course work, students complete health electives that support, develop, and/or enhance their role as public safety and health care providers.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Emergency Medical Services is only for students selected into the Emergency Medical Services major and who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree while completing their emergency medical services coursework. This bachelor's degree prepares future Emergency Medical Services practitioners to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on in current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth. To graduate from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Emergency Medical Services, a student must present evidence that he or she is certified, licensed, or registered in his or her associate’s degree concentration where such credentialing is required to perform in the field.

Career Opportunities

Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials. Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Emergency Medical Services will be credentialed health care practitioners. This degree can offer opportunities to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, public health, research, medical equipment sales, education, and training. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for Master’s level degrees in fields such as (but not limited to) Health Care Administration, Education, Business, or Pre-Medical Studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should take four units of high school English, three units of social studies (preferably including one psychology or one sociology), three units of mathematics (one of which is Algebra I or Applied Math II (with Algebra II preferred), and three units of science with a related laboratory (anatomy & physiology preferred). Because of the strong emphasis on science in this major, applicants must have successfully completed one year of high school biology. Students who do not meet these recommendations can work with a College adviser to prepare for the program.

Special Admissions Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Emergency Medical Services, a student must first be selected into the emergency medical services major. Acceptance is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission and is explained under Paramedic Program Admission Requirements. These admission requirements are not considered an irrevocable contract between the pre-major student and the College; the requirements are subject to change at the College's discretion.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

Acceptance into Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Emergency Medical Services is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission and is explained in Paramedic Program Admission Requirements.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students desiring transfer into this bachelor degree major must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses to be eligible for selection.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

Progression in Emergency Medical Services portion of this major is dependent on earning a grade of 'C' (2.0) in each major-specific emergency medical services course. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
or
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Second Semester Credits
SPC Speech Elective 3  
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4  
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3  
PMP103 Basic Life Support for the Paramedic 2  
or
PMP122 Emergency Medical Technician 8  
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Summer Session Credits
PMP134 Airway Management and Assessment for the Paramedic 4  
PMP135 Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic 4  
PMP139 Introductory Clinical Practicum 1  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 10
Third Semester Credits
PMP243 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Paramedic 6  
PMP247 Pulmonary and Cardiology for the Paramedic 6  
PMP249 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Fourth Semester Credits
PMP253 Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic 4  
PMP254 Obstetrics and Pediatrics for the Paramedic 4  
PMP256 Trauma and Behavioral for the Paramedic 4  
PMP259 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Summer Session Credits
PMP269 Summative Clinical Practicum 2  
PMP279 Application of Research in Pre-Hospital Medicine 2  Writing Enriched Requirement
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 7
Fifth Semester Credits
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
MTH Mathematics Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Sixth Semester Credits
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3  
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3  
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Eighth Semester Credits
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 12  
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3  
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
PPC Proven Professional Credential  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
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