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Paramedic Program Information for 2019

CoAEMSP Letter of Review

The Jefferson Community & Technical College Paramedic Program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone:  214.703.8445
FAXL  214.703.8992
Web site:  www.coaemsp.org

General Overview:

The Paramedic Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College offers a full-time Associate of Applied Science Degree or certificate program, which combines academic and laboratory courses with clinical instruction. The program is housed on the Downtown Campus in the Health Science Building. Students must complete 63-67 credit hours for the degree or 47-49 credit hours for the certificate. The curriculum prepares the student to assume the responsibilities of an entry level paramedic, including course work in general education, supporting sciences, and core program requirements.

NOTE: APPLICANTS MUST BE A CERTIFIED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) (NREMT or Commonwealth of Kentucky) TO BE ADMITTED TO CORE PROGRAM COURSES.

Contact Information

Jefferson Community and Technical College
Allied Health Division / Paramedic Program
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Program Information Session Dates:

(For general information or to tour Jefferson Community and Technical College facilities, you may attend a general advising session. General advising is an “information only” session. No appointment is required. All session dates and times are posted in the student bulletin.)

At these sessions, you will obtain information concerning prerequisite courses and other program requirements.

Prospective students who expect to complete EMT certification training before the spring semester of 2019 are encouraged to attend advising sessions listed below.

The Jefferson Community and Technical College Paramedic Program is located at the Downtown Campus, Chestnut Hall, room 026B.

Program pre-requisites

Certification

  • Emergency Medical Technician (Kentucky or NREMT) Unrestricted

Academic*

  • BIO 135 – Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
  • MAT 110 – Applied Mathematics (or higher MAT course)
  • AHS 115 – Medical Terminology
  • *Other options are available, consult the current KCTCS catalog for more information

Financial Information/Expenses :

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office located on the 4th floor of the Jefferson Education Center or by calling 502.213.2146.

Tuition is payable at the beginning of each term. A full-time student is enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits. The summer and intercession semesters are considered one semester. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and loans through the Student Financial Aid Office. Students residing in Southern Indiana may qualify for Metroversity in-state tuition rates. Some program fees are approximated and could vary in actual cost.

KCTCS Tuition:

Other estimated costs

Item Cost
Books and supplies   $500 (entire program)
Uniforms  $125
Laboratory fee  $180 (one-time)
FISDAP clinical tracking and test prep   $275 (one-time)
Liability insurance  $20 (annually due in fall) 
Criminal background and drug screen*   $80 
Vaccinations  $200 (many students are already compliant)
NOTE: Tuition and fees are subject to change  
* If requested, fee is applicable for each screening/background occurrence  

Admission Policies and Procedures:

  1. Apply to Jefferson Community & Technical College
    • Prior to making program application, the student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center.
    • The Paramedic Technology Program is a selective admission program.
      Admission to the College does not guarantee admission or automatic acceptance into the Paramedic Technology Program.
  2. Apply to the Paramedic Program
    • After completion of prerequisite courses (including EMT certification), you may apply to the Paramedic Program.
    • The number of students accepted into the program is limited because a portion of the teaching is done in ambulances or hospitals that cannot accommodate large numbers of students.

Candidate selection is based on various program standards. The program admission committee will select the most qualified candidates from the applicant pool. The most qualified candidates will receive an official written notification of acceptance. Those not accepted will be notified.  All qualified students may apply. The minimum cumulative GPA for program admission is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Jefferson Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, gender, handicap in employment, sexual orientation or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Required physical abilities

Paramedic work involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of paramedic skills/functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess the following:

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate preparation and administration of medications in many forms and for the observation necessary for patient assessment.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc.;
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to paramedic technology;
  4. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s/client’s interest;
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals; and
  6. Sufficient physical ability to lift patients of all weight size and handle heavy equipment.

Selection preference within the applicant pool:

Selection of students into the program will be made by the president of the college or the president’s designee after considering the recommendation of the Admissions Committee. Selection preference may be given to:

  • Applicants with an ACT composite score of 21 or above; or comparable Compass scores according to KCTCS.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 point scale) in 10 hours of college credit applicable to the paramedic program.
  • Applicants who have completed the biological sciences (BIO-137 & BIO-139 or BIO 135) and medical terminology (AHS 115) courses listed in the paramedic curriculum with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Applicants who have completed the general education requirements (English, Psychology, Heritage/Humanities, Math (105, 110,116 or 126) and Oral Communications etc. with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Under-represented minority applicants within the population group. Note: Maintaining a policy of diversity in the selective admissions process is a compelling state interest (Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306, 2003).
  • Applicants that have completed the Health Science Technology (core curriculum course) certificate I or I and II.
  • Qualified applicants who are veterans, spouses, or families of military veterans, and workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.

Formal Application Process and Deadlines:

Students are accepted to the Paramedic Technology Program during the Fall semester for enrollment in the upcoming Spring semester.
To officially apply for Spring 2019, applicants should attend one of the Program Information Sessions in 2018. During this session, applicants will receive the required material for their application file. The applicant must submit a completed application (containing all documents) by November 20, 2018.

Paramedic Students:

Once accepted into the program, students are expected and required to come to classes (more than two absences a semester may cause the student to fail a core class and then be removed from the cohort. Students will also be required to pass all classes in the Paramedic Core Curriculum to become eligible to test with the NREMT to become a paramedic.

At the end of identified courses such as Airway, Cardiology, Medical Emergencies, OB-Peds, Operations & Trauma, students will be required to complete and pass a proctored exam in the class room and achieve a cut score set by the Paramedic Advisory Committee. If a student does not achieve the minimum cut score, the student will be given additional study material and remediation and one more chance to meet the cut score. Should the student fail to meet the minimum score at that time, the student will be removed from the program.

STUDENT OBJECTIVES

Cognitive Objective:

  • At the completion of the program, a graduate of the Jefferson Community and Technical College paramedic program will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as an entry level paramedic.

Psychomotor Objective:

  • At the completion of the program, the student will demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry level paramedic.

Affective Objective:

  • At the completion of the program, the student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry level paramedic.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

  1. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while attending classes and while attending assigned areas of clinical and field internships, and while representing the program.
  2. As a member of the healthcare team, you MUST refrain from any activity that may reflect immaturity or lack of self-confidence.
  3. You are encouraged to participate in local, state, and national organizations.
  4. Faculty members are busy individuals. Just “dropping” by is not acceptable. You must make an appointment to meet with a faculty member.
  5. Assignments and tests take time to grade; please keep this mind. We will be returning them as soon as they are done.
  6. Students are to use sensitivity when discussing topics that involve race, ethnicity, religious practices, and sexual orientation.
  7. Cultural beliefs vary between populations, and students are expected to respect those differences.

READMISSION POLICY

Decisions concerning readmission to the program will be made on an individual basis. The student who wishes to be readmitted to the program must make the request in writing before the next class starts. The faculty will review the request and make a decision based on KCTCS and program policies. The student will be notified of the decision.

Functional Job Analysis

Paramedic Description

  • Paramedics have fulfilled prescribed requirements by a credentialing agency to practice the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and/or injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.
  • Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. Paramedics realize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources.
  • Paramedics strive to maintain high quality, reasonable cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As an advocate for patients, paramedics seek to be proactive in affecting long term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks and organizations. The emerging roles and responsibility of the paramedic include public education, health promotion and participating in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial treatment provider.
  • Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public and their peers. Paramedics recognize the importance of research and actively participate in the design, development, evaluation and publication of research. Paramedics seek to take part in a life-long professional development, peer evaluation and assume an active role in professional and community organizations.

Drug/Alcohol Free Policy

  • This program will be drug and alcohol free at all times. You shall refrain from using either whenever you are representing this program (such as wearing the clinical uniform), both in and out of class. The student must refrain from consumption of alcohol within 8 hours of any class, clinical, lab or field internship. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in immediate termination of the program.
  • If a student reports to a class, clinical, lab or field internship, and the instructor/preceptor deems it necessary, the student will be drug tested at the students’ expense. A positive test may result in immediate termination of the program.
  • The program will also follow applicable regulations in regards to reporting drug and/or alcohol use while students are engaged in EMS related activities (including academic related activities) to KBEMS.

Example of Core Course Schedule

Paramedic Program Core Courses

Academic Program Plans

APP for Paramedic AAS degree

APP for Paramedic Certificate Options

Please feel free to contact the Paramedic Program Director / Coordinator: