The UAF Community and Technical College(CTC) paramedic academy is an intensive three-semester program that prepares students to take the National Registry’s Paramedic exam and prepares students for entry level positions as paramedics and EMT’s.
Students complete 500 hours of classroom education and 250 hours of clinical experience in the first two semesters, with the clinical component including rotations in a hospital setting and placements in the emergency room, respiratory therapy, operating room, and intensive care unit. In the third semester, students travel outside of Alaska to complete a 480 hour field internship on an ambulance supervised by paramedic preceptors for a total of 1200 hours of training. Following successful completion of the program’s required course work, students are eligible to take the National Registry Examination for certification as a paramedic. Once nationally certified, the student will be eligible to apply for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Alaska. Provided all core requirements have been met, the student will also be eligible for graduation with an associate’s degree in emergency services with a concentration in emergency medicine.
The associate’s degree can be completed in five semesters. Courses for the first semester fulfill the college core requirements and prerequisites for entry into the program. Core requirements include one year of English, one semester of oral communications and two semesters of math and humanities. Students must be at least 18 years of age and be a Nationally Registered EMT-B or State of Alaska EMT-I, II, or III. Students must also have successfully completed one semester of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (HLTH F114). Students may apply for entry into the paramedic program once they fulfill the prerequisites as outlined above. Preference will be given to students who have completed the core requirements, but the courses are not required before submitting an application to the program. Once accepted into the program, students can complete the paramedic curriculum in three semesters.
The curriculum meets or exceeds the 1998 Department of Transportation requirements for paramedic education. The State of Alaska sets the hourly requirements for this program. The classroom portion of the program must be at least 500 hours, while the clinical and field internships must be 232 hours and 480 hours, respectively, for a total of over 1200 hours of training.
The first semester is divided into two courses: Paramedicine I and II. In these courses, the student will review the basics of EMS and advance through respiratory, cardiac, and nervous systems by lecture and skills labs.
The second semester includes three courses: Paramedicine III, Clinical Rotation I, and Clinical Rotation II. Paramedicine III covers the remaining medical emergencies, pediatrics, geriatrics, and trauma. In Clinical Rotation I and II, students will spend 16 hours per week in clinical settings while observing and participating in patient care activities under the supervision of a preceptor. In the third semester, students will focus on hands-on patient care under the supervision of a preceptor in Clinical Rotation III and Field Internship courses.
The third semester is spent in hospitals and EMS service locations outside of Alaska. Following the successful completion of all seven courses, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry Examination for certification as a paramedic. Once nationally certified, the student will be eligible to apply for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Alaska. Provided all core requirements have been met, the student will be eligible for graduation with an associate’s degree in emergency services with a concentration in emergency medicine.
Students interested in applying for admission to the paramedic program must complete a university application and an emergency medical services program application packet.
Upon receiving your completed application packet, an administrator will contact you to set up competency exams in English and Math. After the successful completion of your competency exams, you will be required to take an EMT-I written and practical exam based on the State of Alaska skill sheets that are available for download at www.chems.alaska.gov. The final step in the application process will be a meeting with the program coordinator, physician sponsor, and the emergency services administrative assistant. Applicants will be ranked according to preset criteria, and the top 12 candidates will be admitted to the program.
Entry level positions for paramedics are in an ambulance within a 911 emergency response system or in a non-emergency transport service. Paramedics may also be found working in doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, hospital emergency rooms, intensive care units, laboratories, aero medical transport services, and safety departments in corporate or industrial settings. Students who choose to do so may apply their paramedic course credits to more advanced degrees including the A.A.S. in emergency services or a bachelor of emergency management.
The UAF CTC paramedic academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 210-2350.
Chuck Kuhns , EMS Coordinator
UAF Community and Technical College
P.O. Box 758120
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
phone: (907) 455-2895