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Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Note: The paramedic program at Spokane Community College has maintained accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP) for the past 10 years. The program is currently on probationary status to review updates and changes to the program and anticipates returning to full status during subsequent review. The Emergency Medical Technician - Basic class will be offered as usual.

 » Follow this link for EMT - Basic class information.

The paramedic program at Spokane Community College is a 1,500 hour (plus) program conducted over four college quarters. The program consist of didactic (lecture), laboratory sessions, clinical rotations, and a field internship.

The program meets or exceeds the requirements set by the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Washington State Department of Health for Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic education.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP).

Completion of the program leads either to an Associates of Arts and Sciences (AAS) in Paramedicine or a Certificate in Paramedicine, both making the successful candidate eligible to test and certify with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), the Washington State Department of Health, and other state agencies that support NREMT standards.

Participants who successfully complete the program and pass the certification exams for the NREMT and/or their state equivalent may go on to practice at the paramedic level with fire departments, private ambulance services, emergency departments, and other various clinical settings where advanced emergency care is required.

If you have additional questions or comments regarding the program, please contact Richard Harless, Program Director, at Richard.Harless@scc.spokane.edu or (509) 533-8004.


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Functional Job Analysis

Spokane Community College is committed to serving students with diverse backgrounds and encourages students with disabilities to participate in all available programs. Notwithstanding that, students should be aware that the paramedic profession has specific requirements in order to be successful. Students should evaluate the Functional Job Analysis as outlined by the NHTSA and linked below, to evaluate their abilities and prospective success in the paramedic profession.

Basic Admission Criteria

Admission to the paramedic program at Spokane Community College is based on several criteria established by national, state, and college standards.

  1. An applicant must be eligible to enroll in college courses at Spokane Community College. For college eligibility and admission policies, please visit SCC's Admissions website.
  2. Each applicant must have graduated from high school or earned a GED.
  3. Each applicant must possess a valid driver's license.
  4. Each applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check. (This is for compliance with the Uniform Disciplinary Act, RCW 18.130.)
  5. Each applicant must possess a current "American Heart Association CPR for the Health Care Provider" or equivalent certification.
  6. Each applicant must currently be certified at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level.
  7. Each applicant must have been actively participating at that certification level for a minimum of one (1) year prior to beginning the paramedic program.
  8. Each applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from an individual in a supervisory capacity, directly related to his/her participation as an EMT.
  9. Each applicant must have successfully completed a college-level anatomy and physiology course with a GPA of 2.0 or better. The course(s) at Spokane Community College required to meet this standard are BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242. College anatomy and physiology courses taken elsewhere will be evaluated for their equivalency and may be substituted.
  10. Once a prospective student has satisfied all admission criteria (s)he is encouraged to apply to the college and program early, as there are limited slots available.

Individuals who do not meet the standard admission criteria are encouraged to contact the Program Director (in writing, usually by email) with any concerns or questions. Please be aware that criteria set by the college or by the state cannot be waived.

Accreditation is an important academic standard. Accreditation reflects an institution or program having met the standards set forth by respective national, state, and local bodies. Though accreditation does not specifically address the quality of education attained at any given institution or program, it does provide a measure of security that one institution or program has submitted to an evaluation and has met a minimum set of standards for similar institutions or programs.

Washington Community College District 17 (Community Colleges of Spokane) includes Spokane Community College (SCC), and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC). SCC and SFCC are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

SCC's paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP).

This accreditation is required for paramedic programs in the State of Washington. By 2010, it will be required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for graduates of paramedic programs to be eligible to test with NREMT.

As the paramedic program at Spokane Community College has met these accreditation standards, under the umbrella of an accredited postsecondary institution, graduates of the program are eligible to test with NREMT and the State of Washington for paramedic certification. Graduates of the program are also eligible to complete the additional requirements for an Associate of Art and Sciences degree which has the full recognition associated with an accredited institution. Postsecondary degrees are rapidly becoming the standard for many states and services across the United States.

Browse additional programs in the CCS Online Catalog.
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.

Program

Emergency Medical Technician - 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.

Prerequisites

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.

Faculty

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

Location

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

Schedule

  • 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 RHarless@scc.spokane.edu 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.)

Attendance/Grading

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.

Grading:

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.

Attendance:

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.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits

All students must submit to the Health Sciences office all documentation required for clinical attendance (refer to the checklist for which documents need to be originals or copies). Your file must be complete in order to attend clinical. Students should keep a copy of any record submitted; copies will NOT be provided by the office, nor will your file or documents be returned to you upon completion of the program. Clinical sites and potential employers may request copies of your medical records for their files, so it is important that the student keep a copy of all documentation turned into this office. (All documentation becomes the property of Spokane Community College's Health and Environmental Sciences division and will not be returned, copied, or shared with another party.)

If you have questions or concerns, please stop by, call, or email us. We are here to help you, and if we cannot do so then we will get you connected with someone who can!

Background Authorization

Submit a completed original Washington State Patrol and Disclosure Authorization form to the Health Science office, NOT to the Washington State Patrol! This form is due within the first five class days of fall quarter. For those students in a two-year program, you will be submitting one completed form each year. No fingerprint is required. (Note: This report is not shared for purposes other than SCC/Health Sciences clinical contract requirements.)

This is in compliance with the Uniform Disciplinary Act, RCW 18.130.

Note: An additional background check may be required by instructor and/or clinical facility.

Blood-Borne Pathogens Certification

Please refer to your Program Director for the exact requirement.

** SURG 105 - Pathogens is an online class that meets this requirement. **

Clinical Agreement

Complete and turn in the original Health Science form (blue). This form is an agreement made by the student to complete all required clinical documentation by the deadlines set by the program.

CPR Card

Provide a copy (front and back) of an approved CPR card. For clinical purposes, all cards expire one year from the issue date on the card, regardless of the expiration date. Please check with your program director, as some of you will complete this training within your program.

Approved cards:

  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider
  • American Red Cross Professional Rescuer

Suggested CPR Training Provider:

  • EMS Training Council
    715 E. Sprague
    Spokane WA 99202
    (509) 242-4264

Drug Screening

Drug screening may be a requirement of the clinical site you will be assigned to. If it is a requirement for you, your instructor will let you know.

Flu Vaccination

Complete and turn in the original Health Science form (pink). This form is required whether you choose to have the flu vaccination or not. This vaccination is voluntary, but highly recommended. Please provide a copy of proof of immunization if you choose to/or have had the immunization. This is an annual vaccination; please update your file accordingly.

HIPAA Form

Please refer to your Program Director for the exact requirement.

Hepatitis B Form

Complete and turn in the original Health Science form (yellow). This form is required whether you choose to have the HepB vaccination or not. This vaccination is voluntary, but highly recommended. Please provide a copy of proof of immunization if you choose to or have had the immunization.

License (Nursing Students Only)

If you are currently a licensed LPN or NAC, you must provide a copy of your license.

Medical Insurance (Health Insurance)

Provide a copy of proof of medical/health insurance. (If you have a medical insurance card, you need to submit a copy for your file.)

  • If you have not received your health insurance card yet, a letter or copy of registration form will be accepted until a card is received.
  • Copies of DSHS coupons are accepted, but are required to be updated monthly.
  • For those with military insurance, a copy of the ID used is accepted.
  • Medical/health insurance may be purchased (quarterly) at the SCC Cashier's Office located in Building 50 (the Max Snyder Building). Provide a copy of the receipt as proof of purchase.

MMR

Provide a copy of proof of two (2) doses of the Measles(Rubeola)/Mumps/Rubella vaccination received after age 1 and at least 1 month apart.

     OR...

Provide a copy of titer results indicating immunity for each (Measles/Mumps/Rubella).

Note: You cannot be tested for TB for 6 weeks following the MMR vaccine (or any other live vaccine). Get your TB testing done first!

Physical

Return the original Health Science form (copies not accepted). We will accept a direct fax of the physical from your provider. Our fax number is (509) 533-8621.

TB Test

Provide your choice of one of the following:

  • Copy of 2 separate TB skin tests given within the past year
  • Copy of 1 QuantiFERON or QFT blood test
  • A positive test will need to be followed up with documentation showing completed treatment as prescribed by a physician.

All students are required to update their TB test annually. Students may choose one of the following:

  • Copy of 1 TB skin test
  • Copy of 1 QuantiFERON or QFT blood test
  • It is recommended that students with a previous positive update with the QFT test to avoid another positive result.

All documentation should include the date the test was given, the date the test was read, and the results of the test.

Note: You cannot be tested for TB for 6 weeks following the MMR vaccine (or any other live vaccine). Get your TB testing done first!

TDaP

Provide a copy of proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccination. (TDaP is good for 10 years from date of vaccination). This must be initialed and dated by a healthcare provider.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Provide a copy of proof of Varicella immunity.

Varicella vaccine: 2 doses required, at least 1 month apart, must be initialed and dated by a healthcare provider

     OR...

Provide a copy of a titer indicating immunity.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Richard Harless, who is a faculty member in the program.

For more information...
For more information:
Contact:
Richard Harless
Email:
Phone:
(509) 533-8004 or
 
(800) 248-5644 ext. 8004

Partial list of medical clinics in the Spokane area

The following facilities offer TB testing, immunizations, and/or physicals. Some exceptions may apply. Call for details.

  • CHAS Clinic (Spokane):
    TB tests are available only to established clients of CHAS.
    238 W. Sprague - 835-1205
    4001 N. Cook - 487-1604
    3919 N. Maple - 444-7801
    9227 E. Main - 444-8200
    401 S. Main - 434-0292 (Deer Park)
  • Christ Clinic (Spokane):
    TB testing is only available to people who are not clients/patients, or who are not covered by medical insurance.
    2709 W. Boone - 325-0393
  • Echo Primary Care Clinic (Spokane):
    Call for days available for TB testing.
    500 S. Stone - 536-9031 (E. Central Community Center – near Altamont)
  • Franklin Park Urgent Care Center (Spokane):
    5904 N. Division - 489-1150
  • SCC Student Health Center:
    Walk-in visits only - no appointments
    SCC Campus, Building 9, Room 149 - 533-8611
  • Spokane Regional Health District:
    For immunizations - no TB testing
    1101 W. College - 324-1600 - Open Tuesday-Thursday
    10814 E. Broadway - 323-2800 - Open Mondays only

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