The paramedic applied technology diploma program is offered for the student who wishes to complete the core curriculum and be eligible for the National Registry Paramedic Exam to practice as a paramedic in the State of Florida. Through a variety of didactic and clinical experiences, students will grow in their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within the larger context of the emergency medical services profession. The history and development of EMS, the well-being of pre-hospital care providers, medical-legal considerations, ethics, therapeutic communications, personal and scene safety, patient assessment. A thorough review of the human body systems, cellular biology and the principles of pathophysiology provides a foundation for recognizing and treating the signs and symptoms of acute and exacerbated chronic medical illness. Pulmonology, airway management/intubation, cardiovascular emergencies, 12 Lead EKG’s, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), neurology, urology, endocrinology, toxicology and substance abuse are among the many topics that will be addressed in this course. A thorough understanding of the mechanisms of action, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects and interactions of drugs administered in the pre-hospital setting. An in-depth study of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, methods of medication administration, and drug classifications. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of cellular physiology, acid/base balance and fluid and electrolyte derangements as they pertain to IV medication administration. The course content includes lecture, skills lab, hospital/fire rescue rotations, & a Capstone Field Internship.
Approved by the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Ch 401, FS, Ch. 64J-1, FAC). The training program follows the most current National EMS Standards [FS 401.2701(1)(a) 5a].
**EMT State certification is required or must be obtained before 16th week of the Medical Career Academy Paramedic Program (Paramedic Semester II).