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Paramedic Studies Program

Associate in Science -  Emergency Studies Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Human Biology/Lab BIO108 4
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3
Science and Technology Area 5 satisfied by program 3
Humanities From Area 6 3
Concentration Courses
Principles of Paramedicine I EMS205 Fall 10
Paramedic Clinical Rotation I EMS214 Spring 3
Principles of Paramedicine II EMS206 Spring 10 EMS205
Paramedic Clinical Rotation II EMS215 Spring 3 EMS214
Principles of Paramedicine III EMS207 Summer I 4 EMS206
Paramedic Clinical Rotation III EMS216 Summer I 1 EMS215
Principles of Paramedicine IV EMS208 Summer II 4 EMS207
Paramedic Clinical Rotation IV EMS217 Summer II 1 EMS216
Paramedic Field Internship EMS218 Fall 3 EMS208 AND EMS217
Total Credits 61
Last Modified Date: July 19, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Emergency Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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Program Overview

This program prepares the student through lectures, laboratory activities, hospital based hands-on clinical experience and a field internship to evaluate, treat and care for patients experiencing medical emergencies or trauma.  Paramedic students work under the direction of a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant and/or experienced Paramedics in a variety of health care settings such as acute care hospitals and on Advanced Life Support Paramedic Ambulances.  The program begins in the fall semester with the didactic and clinical educational components correlated to provide reinforcement in the clinical setting of skills learned in the classroom.

All paramedic students are required to: undergo a physical examination; complete the necessary immunization forms, including, but not limited to the three (3) dose Hepatitis B immunization series, proof of immunity against measles, tetanus, mumps, rubella and chicken pox; current proof of freedom from tuberculosis, and any other immunization(s) that clinical or field sites require. Students will undergo and pass a drug screening analysis in order to be eligible for placement in a clinical facility or field internship as well as be required to undergo and pass random drug screening analysis as required by a clinical facility or field internship ambulance service.

Admission Requirements:

Students must apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services

  1. Attend a mandatory information session with the Program Director
  2. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  3. Possess a valid Driver’s license
  4. Possess a current American Heart Association, Basic Life Support Health Care Provider Card
  5. Complete a minimum of one (1) year experience as an Emergency Medical Technician
  6. CORI & SORI Report
  7. Prerequisites: Human Biology/Lab (BIO-108) & College Writing (ENG-111)

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a pre-requisite for a clinical and field placement in the Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Studies Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical or field experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical or field placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI Records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics will grow nine percent between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average percentage for all occupations (www.BLS.gov).   As our population ages and individuals face increased medical concerns, the likelihood of medical emergencies will increase; thus increasing the need for EMTs and paramedics.  In addition emergency rooms are frequently overcrowded, which increases the amount of time that the EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient.  This is also likely to increase the number of potential positions.  Job prospects are expected to be good since paid employees are needed to replace volunteers who have a high turnover rate. 

Upon Completion of this Program, Graduates will be able to:

  • After successful completion of the program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion enabling him or her to apply for and take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic written and practical examinations.
  • Participants who successfully pass the NREMT certification examination may go onto practice with fire departments, private ambulance services, third service ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, and various clinical settings where advanced emergency care is require.

The Bunker Hill Community 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). 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: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088, TEL 214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992 www.coaemsp.org