Emergency Medical Science Technology
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.
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