Associate of Science Paramedicine (ASP)

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EKU’s online associate degree in paramedicine is designed to provide students with practical skills in patient assessment, prehospital emergency management and hands-on training in emergency medical techniques. Graduates are well positioned to complete their bachelor’s degree and further increase their employment opportunities. 

At-A-Glance

Format: 100% online

Credit Hours: 64 hours

2017-2018 Tuition: $409 per credit hour

Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 49 hours*

Career Options:  Emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, trainer/educational director, administrative supervisor, rank advancement within the military

* A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at EKU

Choose the program track that best fits your needs:

  • Associate degree in Paramedicine for licensed paramedics

Leverage your previous experience and education to make the transition from NAEMT-P to A.S. Paramedic.

NOTES:

-          Applicants must be NREMT-P certified and/or state licensed paramedics

-          Up to 12 hours from each of the online paramedic classes may be used for NREMT or state renewal in states that accept CECBEMS accredited continuing education.
 

  • Associate degree in Paramedicine for EMT’s seeking licensure as paramedics*

Utilize your work experience and previous education to make the transition from EMT to NAEMT-P.

NOTES:

-          Applicants must be a certified EMT

-          Graduates will be prepared to sit for the NREMT examination leading to licensure as a paramedic

*This program is delivered in a hybrid format featuring both online and in-person components. For more information, please contact our enrollment advisor at 859-622-7568 or Christopher.Adkins@eku.edu.

What sets our program apart?
Focused on medical best practices and leadership building, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as advanced life support, advanced cardiology, management of behavioral emergencies and management of OB/GYN emergencies.

  • CAAHEP-accredited for more than 35 years
  • Nationally-renowned instructors
  • 8 week courses
  • 18 credit hours for previous experience PLUS additional opportunities to maximize credit 
  • Hours that count toward your degree and your recertification
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.

 

 

 

Paramedicine Associate Degree Curriculum — Licensed Paramedics

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Core Courses                                                                         40 hours

NOTES:

*Credit by departmental exam is available. Contact your program advisor or program coordinator for information about fees and testing procedures.

**After successful completion of EMC 380 and EMC 382 students will be awarded credit for the following 18 hours of core courses due to our NREMT-P certification requirement:

Supporting Course Requirements                                     6 hours                                  

Select two of the following:

  • BIO 301: Human Physiology
  • EMC 130: Human Systems for Assessment
  • ENG 101 AND ENG 102: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric

EKU General Education Requirements                              18 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion                 64 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.

Paramedicine Associate Degree Curriculum — EMT’s seeking Paramedic Licensure

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Core Courses                                                                         40 hours

NOTES:

*Credit by departmental exam is available. Contact your program advisor or program coordinator for information about fees and testing procedures.

**These courses have on-campus requirements.

Supporting Course Requirements  6 hours                                  

Select two of the following:

  • BIO 301: Human Physiology
  • EMC 130: Human Systems for Assessment
  • ENG 101 AND ENG 102: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric

EKU General Education Requirements  18 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 64 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.

Course Descriptions

EMC 104 Healthcare Basic Life Support 

(1) I, II, A. Basic cardiac life support skills for healthcare student or professional in accord with peer-reviewed American Heart Association (AHA) scientific guidelines. Course completion documentation when AHA requirements met. Maximum 6 enrollments for renewal. 0.25 Lec/0.75 Lab. 

EMC 110 Introduction to Emergency Medical Care

(6) I, II, A. Prerequisite or corequisite: EMC 104. Prehospital basic life support concepts, skills, and field clinical experience for entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Basic adhering to national curricula. Meets eligibility requirements for state certification and national registration examinations. 3 Lec/6 Lab.

EMC 200 Introduction to Prehospital Advanced Life Support

(2) II, A. Role and responsibilities of EMT-Paramedic, components of EMS systems, medical/legal considerations, and communications in advanced and basic life support settings.

EMC 205 Prehospital Management of OB/GYN Emergencies

(1) I, A. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of antepartum, parturition, postpartum, and gynecological emergencies. Assessment, care, and transportation of the neonate.

EMC 215 Prehospital Management of Behavioral Emergencies

(1) I, A. Concepts and management of emotional and psychological emergencies applied to prehospital crisis intervention.

EMC 225 Introduction to Pharmacology

(3) I, II, A. Introduction to classification, nature, and uses of medications. Pharmacological agents utilized in prehospital health care setting emphasized.

EMC 240 Introduction to Electrocardiography

(3) I, II, A. Cardiac anatomy, physiology, and electrophysiology related to ECG. Proficient ECG interpretation skills emphasized.

EMC 310 Advanced Cardiology

(2) II, A. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: EMC 240, EMC 225, and 335; or departmental approval. Advanced diagnostics, interventions, and management of cardiovascular emergencies to include cardiac resuscitation adhering to the standards of the American Heart Association. AHA ACLS Provider required for course completion. 1 Lec/ 2 Lab.

EMC 315 Pediatric Advance Life Support

(1) A. Assessment, recognition, and intervention for infant or child with cardiopulmonary arrest or shock. Adheres to American Heart Association and Academy of Pediatrics cognitive and performance standards. AHA PALS Provider evidence of course completion available.

EMC 320 Advanced Life Support: Trauma

(3) II, A. Prerequisites: EMC 115, 240, BIO 171, 301. Prehospital management of complex patients with multiple systems failure secondary to trauma related pathologies.

EMC 335 Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies I

(3) I, A. Prerequisites: EMC 240, BIO 171, 301, EMC 115, 225, and department approval. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of emergencies of the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems.

EMC 340 Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies II

(3) II, A. Prerequisite: EMC 335. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of emergencies involving anaphylaxis, toxicology, alcoholism, drug abuse, infectious diseases, environmental hazards, and pediatric and geriatric patients.

EMC 342 Advanced Clinical I

(3) I, A. Corequisite: EMC 335 and EMC 342L. Integration of basic and advanced life support concepts and psychomotor skills in patient care situations developed through supervised assignments in various hospital settings.

EMC 342L Advanced Clinical I Lab

(0) Corequisite: EMC 335 and EMC 342. Integration of basic and advanced life support concepts and psychomotor skills in patient care situations developed through supervised assignments in various hospital setting.

EMC 352 Advanced Clinical II

(3) II, A. Prerequisite: EMC 342. Corequisites: EMC 320 and 340 and EMC 352L. Hospital assignments allow continued development and application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Autonomous decision-making skills developed under supervision through increased participation in patient care.

EMC 352L Advanced Clinical II Lab

(0) Pre-requisite: EMC 342 and 342L. Corequisite: EMC 340 and EMC 352. Hospital assignments allow continued development and application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Autonomous decision-making and critical thinking skills in clinical situations developed under supervision through increased participation in patient care.

EMC 360 Advanced Field Internship

(2) A. Prerequisites: EMC 205, 212, 215, 310, 320, and 352. Minimum 120 hours supervised experience on paramedic ambulance. Progresses from advanced emergency care delivery observation to beginning team member responsibilities.

EMC 362 Advanced Field Internship II

(4) A. Prerequisite or corequisite: EMC 360. Continuation of supervised experience on advanced life support ambulance. Assumes team member role with progression to team leader. Minimum advanced internship experience requires 500 hours.

EMC 380 Advanced Prehospital Theory: Medical

(4) A. Prerequisites: certification, EMT-Paramedic and admission to EMC major. Foundation classes for paramedic students which focuses on pathophysiological basis for prehospital interventions and management. Includes in-depth history and assessment skills.

EMC 382 Advanced Prehospital Theory: Trauma

(4) A. Prerequisites: certification, EMT-Paramedic and admission to EMC major. Foundation course for paramedic students which focuses on pathophysiological basis for prehospital interventions and management in trauma settings. Includes in-depth history and assessment skills.

This page reflects the program requirements in the 2015-2016 EKU Undergraduate Catalogand is subject to change.