paramedics in training working on a dummy patient

Paramedic

The paramedic program at Harford Community College prepares current EMTs to sit for the National Registry Exam and become certified paramedics.

Paramedics are highly trained medical professionals who typically work full-time in a physically strenuous, stressful job that frequently involves quick thinking in sometimes life-or-death situations. They respond to emergency calls, perform medical services, and transport patients to medical facilities. Paramedics must be able to remain calm under pressure, be flexible in stressful situations, communicate efficiently, and act with empathy toward both patients and families. If you're up for the challenge of becoming a paramedic, Harford Community College has the program you need to get there.

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Certification as a Paramedic

 

No. of Classes:

9 + 2 externships

 

Format:

In-classroom and offsite externship at area hospitals & EMS locations

 

Contact:

dreimer@harford.edu 443.412.2554 or ems@harford.edu

Prerequisites:

At least 18 years of age with high school diploma or GED® certificate

 

Currently licensed as an EMT certification

 

One year experience as an EMT and 150 calls as an aide

 

Completed application

 

 

 

Entrance exam

 

Letter of recommendation

 

Current health assessment from a licensed physician required before clinical

 

Clinical facilities may require background and drug test to be paid for by student.

Courses

Classes must be taken in order as a cohort and all students must take an entrance exam prior to the start of classes. 

EMS Foundations

EMS Core Competency Validation

Paramedic Pharmacology

EMS Assessment Based Management

EMS Medical & Trauma Emergencies

Paramedic Medical Emergencies

Paramedic Trauma Emergencies

EMS Special Populations

Paramedic Special Considerations & Operations

EMS Clinical Externship

Paramedic Clinical Externship

 

Accreditation

The Harford Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, (CoA EMSP) and is in good standing. 

 

Program Outcome

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

 

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

 

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was %83.3.

 

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was %83.3. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

 

The most recent retention rate was %54.5.

 

What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?

Upon completion of this program you will be able to sit for the National Registry Exam to become a certified paramedic. The largest employers of paramedics are ambulance services, local government and hospitals.

 

Employment

US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% increase in jobs in this field between 2019 and 2029 with an average median salary of $35,400* per year or $17.02* per hour. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

 

*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this wage.

 

Who Teaches This Program?

The paramedic program is taught by experienced industry professionals.