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Emergency Medical Science Technology


Steven Todd
Program Coordinator


Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are two distinct levels of responders who provide emergency medical services in an external-hospital environment. Often, these medical professionals utilize ambulance-based resources and operate under the direction of a medical control physician within well­ established parameters of medical care. The Emergency Medical Science Academy at MCC offers entry-level students the opportunity to achieve their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basic certification. MCC also offers a Paramedic program for students who have obtained a valid EMT-Basic national certification and have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and lab with a grade of "C" or better. All students must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate to be considered for acceptance into the Emergency Medical Science Academy.

Program Description
The paramedic is a medical professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. Paramedics possess the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The paramedic is a link from the trauma scene into the health care system.

Paramedics possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. Paramedics recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources.

Paramedics strive to maintain high quality, reasonable cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As an advocate for patients, paramedics seek to be proactive in affecting long-term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations. The emerging roles and responsibilities of the paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial treatment provider.

Paramedics are responsible and accountable to medical direction, the public, and their peers. Paramedics recognize the importance of research and actively participate in the design, development, evaluation, and publication of research. Paramedics seek to take part in life-long professional development and peer evaluation, and they assume an active role in professional and community organizations.

Meridian Community College’s (MCC’s) program is a postsecondary program drawing students that already possess a valid EMT-Basic state certification and have Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of C or better. Students must complete Anatomy and Physiology II with a grade of C or better to be eligible to complete the program. Each student must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Classroom instruction is comprehensive including a working knowledge of all anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes as well as competency-based instruction in assessment and management skills required for treatment of life-threatening problems in the adult, pediatric, and geriatric patient. Clinical internship

requires participation in care of patients in a hospital emergency department that provides medical control to ALS providers in the field, and according to availability, CCU, ICU, labor and delivery suite, operating room, psychiatric ward, pediatric ward, and geriatric ward. Field internship is done with an ambulance service and/or rescue service providing advanced life support services to the community. To be eligible to take the National Registry’s Exam as a paramedic, the student must complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II, the EMT program, and all paramedic courses with a grade of “C” or better. Students must complete the following academic courses to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree:
3 sch Social Science/Behavioral Science
3 sch Written Communications Elective
3 sch Oral Communications Elective
3 sch Fine Arts/Humanities Elective
3 sch Math/Science Elective (Anatomy and Physiology satisfies this requirement.)

This training program is sanctioned by the Mississippi State Board of Health. The course meets or exceeds those standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation.

Meridian Community College is approved by Mississippi State Board of Health through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) to administer both EMT-Basic and Paramedic education programs. The curriculum used by MCC exceeds the “National EMS Educational Standards” developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A major portion of classroom instruction is devoted to understanding the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes related to emergency medical care. Laboratory experiences are used to build on a competency­ based instruction model to include patient assessment and management skills required for the treatment of life-threatening problems in patients of varying ages.