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EMT - Paramedic Program - Program Syllabus (General)

Note: This information is subject to change without notice and does not
constitute a contract between the college and the student.

The general syllabus for the paramedic program at Spokane Community College follows. Specific course requirements and objectives are outlined on their respective pages.


"Advanced Life Support - Paramedic"

LIFE 131, LIFE 132, LIFE 133, and LIFE 134

Advanced Life Support - Paramedic is a four-quarter, credit class at Spokane Community College and may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. This course is designed to provide functional medical training to prepare the student to enter the field of emergency medical services as a paramedic. This course meets or exceeds all of the requirements set forth in both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) curriculums for the paramedic. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to sit for the National Registry examination.


The NHTSA and Washington State DOH curriculums require that prospective students must have completed a college-level course of study in human anatomy and physiology that meets or exceeds the objectives set forth in those curricula.

The State of Washington requires that all prospective students be certified as either an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate for a minimum of one (1) year prior to application to the course. In addition, the prospective student must possess current certification in CPR at or above the level of Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) or Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association). It is the student's responsibility to maintain his/her EMS and CPR certification throughout the entire course.

Prospective students must possess a valid driver's license.

Prospective students must have successfully completed high school or completed the GED equivalency exam.

Prospective students must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check in compliance with the Uniform Disciplinary Act RCW 18.130.


  • Richard Harless, Program Director
  • Tomas Tobin, M.D., Medical Director
  • Guest speakers as announced


  • Spokane Community College, Building 9, Room 147 (unless otherwise specified)
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  • Various clinical sites (as scheduled)
  • Various internship sites (as scheduled)


  • Monday 09:30-13:30
  • Tuesday 09:30-13:30
  • Wednesday 09:30-13:30
  • Thursday 09:30-13:30
  • Friday (may be scheduled for course specific items)
  • Saturday (may be scheduled during clinical or internship)
  • Sunday (may be scheduled during clinical or internship)

Office Hours:

The instructor's office is located on the ground level of Building 9 in Room 016. Office hours are posted outside the door of the office and are typically the hour prior to classes and the hour following classes. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor during the posted hours. In addition to office hours, feel free to contact the instructor via email with questions or concerns at or by phone at (509) 533-8004.

Required Textbook and Materials:

Text:Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, 3rd Edition, five-volume set
ISBN: 0137146965 / ISBN-13: 9780137146963
Equipment:Littman Cardiology III stethoscope or equivalent
(We are able to order these through group purchase in class.)


It is essential that attendance to lecture, lab, and clinical times be a top priority for every student who strives to be successful in the paramedic program. Attendance is perceived as a strong work ethic by potential and current employers and reflects dedication to the profession and to patient care.


Grades are figured on a straight point system (number of points earned divided by number of points possible). Example: 40 successful points/60 total points possible = 67%.

General Grading Scale:

  • 95-100 = A
  • 87-94 = B
  • 78-86 = C (lowest GPA to remain in program)
  • 70-77 = D
  • 69 or below = F

A minimum grade of 2.0 GPA (78%) or better must be maintained in all classes, associated with the Advanced Life Support certificate/degree, to be admitted to clinical and internship experiences as well as to continue on to the next quarter. This includes the prerequisites and the APLED math and communication associated with the certificate.


Lecture and Laboratory:

Absences and tardies will be recorded for each quarter, and will be reported on the final evaluation for employment references.

The student will be allowed three (3) absences in each quarter. Cancellations of class due to weather, instructor illness, etc. do not count against the student. The instructor must be contacted in advance of the absence. Prolonged absences of three (3) or more consecutive days must be documented with a doctor's note.

The accumulation of two (2) tardies or leaving class early will be considered the equivalent of one (1) absence.

Clinical site attendance:

To pass the clinical portion of the course, ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.

If a clinical day must be missed, the student must contact both the clinical site and the instructor prior to the scheduled clinical time. The instructor will then arrange for a make-up time period.

Under no circumstances is the student to schedule his or her own clinical hours at any of the clinical facilities. This will result in disciplinary action outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, page 11.

Tests and Quizzes:

Quizzes will be given at the discretion of the instructor. Quizzes may be scheduled or spontaneous. Spontaneous quizzes cannot be made up.

Tests must be made up on the first day following an absence. Absences exempt the student from taking the exam unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

Conduct: (WAC 132Q-30)

  1. All students will be expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner in the classroom as well as in the clinical setting.
  2. Disruption or obstruction: WAC 132Q-30-212 - All students are expected to be courteous to other classes, while on breaks or moving between classrooms. No horseplay in hallways, keep talking to a minimum, inappropriate language will not be tolerated as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, page 8-10.
  3. Children will not be allowed in the classroom during lectures.
  4. Guests will be allowed with prior permission of the instructor.
  5. Academic dishonesty: WAC 132Q-30-210
  6. Any student, who, for the purpose of fulfilling any assignment or task required by the faculty as part of the student's program of instruction, shall knowingly tender any work product that the student fraudulently represents to the facility as the student's work product, shall be deemed to have cheated. Cheating shall be cause for disciplinary action, which will result in a zero (0) for that assignment.
  7. Any student who aids or abets the accomplishment of cheating defined in subsection (a) of this section shall also be subject to disciplinary action, which will result in a zero (0) for that assignment. (Taken from the Selected Rules, Regulations and Policies Concerning Student Conduct.)
  8. Plagiarism is often a concern for students. Please see the various resources available on the SCC Library website and an excellent tutorial from Indiana University to avoid this common pitfall. Plagiarism is not tolerated and may result in failure or expulsion based on college policies.
  9. Disorderly conduct: WAC 132Q-30-234 Any student may be asked to leave the classroom if they are conducting themselves in a manner deemed to be disruptive to the instructor or other student in the classroom.
  10. All cell phones, pagers, radios, etc. will be turned off or put into silent mode during scheduled class, lab, and clinical times. Students are requested not to answer or respond to these devices in such a manner that scheduled class, lab, or clinical times be disrupted.

For specific information on on student conduct, please reference the Washington State Administrative Code (WAC) and Spokane Community College's Guidelines for Addressing Student Concerns.


Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website:

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.


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