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Paramedic

Overview

Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

Paramedic is part of Emergency Medical Services.

This program is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and noncritical patients. Student learning will focus on expanding the level of understanding of human anatomy and physiology, disease process, initial assessment and patient stabilization, proper use of equipment such as ECG monitor/defibrillators, and advanced airway management.

The Paramedic certificate program is a three semester program. Applicants to the Paramedic program will be selected in a cohort of 24 students. Students admitted to the program will complete an academic schedule of lecture, lab, and external learning experience (clinical). Cohort members will be in the classroom 16 hours per week for lecture and lab instruction and 8 hours per week for their external learning experience. During the external learning experience (clinical), Paramedic students will be supervised by nursing and paramedic preceptors with various hospitals, clinics, and EMS agencies across the East Tennessee region.

This program is designed to meet all State and National requirements to prepare for the Paramedic exam given by the National Registry of Emergency Medication Technicians (NREMT).

Minimum Expectations: To prepare competent entry-level Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Class Location

The Paramedic program is offered at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences.

Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, employment of paramedics is expected to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population continues to age, there will be an increasing demand for paramedics.

According to the most recent information provided by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for EMTs and paramedics in Tennessee is $32,970.

Work Settings

Paramedics are employed in a variety of settings including emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, clinics, and industrial facilities.

Program Outcomes

The mission of the Emergency Medical Service section of Roane State Community College is to provide the highest quality pre-hospital emergency care education coupled with hands-on field internship experience in an effort to create a better patient care experience when the student transitions into the workforce. 
The expected levels of achievement for program outcomes relating to graduation rate, licensure pass rate and job placement are as follows:

  1. Licensure exam first-time pass rate must be no more that 10% below the national mean (i.e. if the national mean is 71%, a program mean must be at 61% or higher during the calendar year).
  2. Graduation rate will be at least 70% of the students entering the paramedic program fall semester will complete the program within the three semester program length (100% of program length).
  3. Job placement rate is at least 90% of those graduates who respond to the survey and are seeking employment will be employed within a year of graduation.
NREMT Paramedic Licensure First-Time Pass Rate*
Year RSCC Pass Rate National Mean
2017 74% 74%
2018 79% 72%
2019 96% 71%
2020 80% 70%
2021 81% 70%
Program Completion Rate*
Admission Year Graduation Rate
2017 76%
2018 79%
2019 81%
2020 67%
2021 70%
Job Placement Rate
Year Placement Rate
2017 100%
2018 100%
2019 100%
2020 100%
2021 100%

*Rates rounded to nearest whole number

Accreditation/Approval

The Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Licensure and Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services provides program oversight. The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and is subject to the standard program evaluation required for performance funding.

The Roane State Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org.

To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, 214-703-8445, FAX 214-703-8992, www.coaemsp.org.
 

Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of the Paramedic program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Rocco V. Morando Building
6610 Busch Blvd
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone - (614) 888-4484 
Fax - (614) 888-8920

Interested in the Paramedic program?

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Admission Requirements

Health Science Workshops: Nov 6-27, 2018. Workshops to help students with the requirements and admissions process for all Health Science programs. See locations.

Admission to the Paramedic Program

Program Costs

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above. Liability insurance fee of $42.50 is added to all student accounts to cover mandatory insurance requirements. 

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses

Total additional cost $1490.15 (approximately)

Faculty & Staff

Contact: 

David S Blevins • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4768 • Click name for email address

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