Paramedic

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

2013-2015 Continuing Education Evening Paramedic Course

The continuing education paramedic course is designed to produce competent entry-level Paramedics who can provide treatment to the community in emergency situations. Paramedics assess the urgent needs of patients and stabilize their conditions until they receive definitive care. This treatment includes advanced life support, advanced patient assessment, airway management, pharmacological interventions and critical decision making. The various skills a paramedic performs may include intravenous therapy, drug administration, electrical cardioversion, induction of hypothermia, surgical airway, and many others performed in the uncontrolled environment.

Students will acquire these skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experiences, and field internships with emergency services agencies. Paramedics are employed with emergency medical services; fire and rescue services; critical care transport services; air medical services; hospitals; industry; educational institutions; and local, state, and national emergency management agencies. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Paramedic Examination and the National Registry examination.

Requirements for this course

  • North Carolina EMT – Basic
  • High school or GED diploma
  • TABE test for basic reading comprehension and English language writing skills at a minimum of 12.1 or higher.
  • TABE test for mathematical skills at a minimum of 9.1
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Providers (or equivalent) This course is offered at Coastal Carolina Community College. Students may call 910.938.6294 for a schedule.

Hours

This 1124-hour course is divided into five modules and covers approximately 24 months.

  • Module I is classroom instruction, Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, with 3 Saturday classes 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Module II is classroom instruction, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:00pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Module III is classroom instruction, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
  • Module IV is clinical instruction in the hospital setting, varied times and days.
  • Module V is field internship training, varied times and days.

Textbooks

Paramedic Practice Today – Above and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2 (Mosby)
Basic Arrhythmias, 7th edition (Brady)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual
Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) Provider Manual
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider Manual

The cost for the paramedic program will be approximately $2,030 for all five modules during the two year period, which will include textbooks and uniforms. This cost may vary depending on legislated tuition costs. The registration fees may be waived for North Carolina volunteer or paid, non-convalescent, life saving departments (EMS), volunteer or paid firefighters, and municipal, county or state law enforcement officers, with proof of membership.

Course fees will be collected at the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building. Cash, check, money order payable to Coastal Carolina Community College, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover are accepted.

Students will be required to submit a receipt documenting the completion of a criminal background check.

This course will follow the guidelines established by the North Carolina Office of EMS. The curriculum for the paramedic educational program shall be the 1998 Release of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) EMT-Paramedic Course: National Standard of Care.

Coastal Carolina Community College also offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Science. Click here for more information regarding the curriculum program.